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After winning Zimbabwe’s Got Talent in 2014, Divine has been compared to some of his heroes - Marvin Gaye, George Ezra, Jason Mraz and Oliver Mtukudzi. In this heartfelt recipe, Divine reveals the craft behind the art.

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The co-founder and director of StoneBear & Mayor Music reveals how artrepreneurs can create a productive balance between creativity and business acumen.

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The Head of Communications at E-commerce Forum South Africa unpacks the online shop and outlines the power that e-commerce has to change the lives of many South Africans.

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Entrepreneur Events

SA's Top 5 Startups 

Dec 2. Workshop17 Waterfront.
Event + Livestream.
 Siyabonga Mbaba (MC). Verity Price (MC). Divine Mahara (Music). We're going to uncover the best of the best startups in South Africa. 

Book Tickets

The Futurists

Jan 27. Workshop17 JHB.
Event + Livestream.
 Bronwyn Williams. Dion Chang. It's been the most confusing 24 months in history. We're making sense of the current age - and casting a lens on the future.   

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Investing In Women

Feb 24. Workshop17 Waterfront.
Event + Livestream.
 Vusi Vokwana. Hope Ditlhakanyane. We're entering a new age of opportunity. Women are at the forefront of this new era.   

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The Yuppiechef Story

March 29. Workshop17 Waterfront.
Event + Livestream.
Andrew Smith, Shane Dryden. The ultimate South African e-commerce success story. From the lounge to a half a billion rand exit - how they did it.

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April 21. Workshop17 Waterfront.
Event + Livestream. 
Lauren Beukes. Mohale Mashigo. Pierre du Plessis (MC). It’s increasingly clear that in order for our businesses to rise above the noise, they need to become better at storytelling.

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Public Speaking

May 31. Workshop17 Waterfront.                                Event + Livestream. Verity Price. Mark Jones. Two award-winning public speakers on how to tell engaging stories that drive the message home.


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Technology Recipes

Renowned entrepreneur and private equity investor Polo Leteka outlines what investors are looking for and how to optimise your business for funding.

A software developer with a passion for solving problems, ParcelNinja co-founder and CEO Justin Drennan reveals the industry secrets behind successful e-commerce logistics.

Level Finance co-founder and CEO Raeesa Gabriels outlines how employers can improve company culture and productivity by taking an interest in how employees manage their finances.

Aisha Pandor is the CEO and co-founder of SweepSouth. She reveals how she helped to build Africa’s first online end-to-end platform for booking, managing and paying for home cleaning services.

Jonathan Smit, CEO of Payfast, demystifies the most important component of e-commerce: taking payments online.

Annette Muller, CEO of Flexyforce, South Africa's largest cloud services remote working agency, shares the secrets to creating a world-class flexible work environment.

The founder of legal firm Whipping The Cat shares why his firm is passionate about entrepreneurs and how they can provide your business with the legal advice it needs to grow sustainably.

Lwando Xaso has the unique distinction of having been mentored by some of South Africa's greatest legal minds. In this recipe, the acclaimed constitutional lawyer and author unpacks ethics, and how to apply them to life and business.

Kobus Ehlers is the co-founder and former CEO of mobile payment solution SnapScan, as well as the founder of HR and payroll solutions platform Radar. He reveals his recipe on building a successful tech business.

In the fast-paced business world of today, growth strategy is a significant component of investment. Knife Capital co-managing partner Andrea Böhmert reveals the fundamentals of achieving critical growth outcomes.

Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, widely regarded as Africa's most authoritative voice on the 4th Industrial Revolution, unpacks the dazzling world of Artificial Intelligence and how you can use it in your business.

Philip Delport, CEO at xneelo, outlines what the web hosting platform can offer businesses looking for a reliable presence online.

The CEO and Co-founder of Yuppiechef provides ten learning bites on crafting South Africa's most celebrated online success story from his living room.

Sizwe Nzima is the founder of Iyeza Health. The inspiring Khayelitsha-based entrepreneur reveals the intricacies of creating a sustainable business in new markets - and taking on the competition in well-established categories.

The CEO of Bottles reveals how his e-commerce app has achieved such phenomenal growth since it launched in 2016.

A pioneer in the local collaborative workspace solutions landscape, Workshop17 co-founder Paul Keursten reveals the secret to building the workforce of the future.

Infectiously passionate about creating a positive impact, WeThinkCode_ CEO Nyari Samushonga unpacks the world of coding, building a development team, finding programmers and managing tech projects.

Legal firm Whipping The Cat founder and director Graeme Wilson unpacks the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act, with specific focus on how it will impact entrepreneurs.

Leadership Recipes

Philanthropist and Pick n' Pay co-founder Wendy Ackermans shares some highlights of her life's work in empowering and promoting the rights of women in the workplace and in society.

A one-size-fits-all strategy doesn't work in Africa. Emmanuel Gamor, host of the podcast Unpacking Africa and former YouTube Manager for Ghana, unpacks what it takes to do business in Africa sustainably.

Early-stage investment strategist and Viridian director Alexandra Fraser explains fundamental investment terminology and shares some practical advice for entrepreneurs seeking funding.

Sarah Rice is the Chief People Officer at Skynamo. Passionate about people and culture, she unpacks her recipe for building a healthy company culture.

Vusi Vokwana is passionate about stimulating the township economy. The director of Kasi Catalyst reveals what it takes to run a business with impact in disconnected communities.

A sales expert with over 27 years of experience, Landie Stevens reveals how to build the ultimate sales strategy and team for your business.

 Achieving the kind of feats that Chris Bertish has requires a certain level of grit. The stand-up paddleboarding record-breaker and ocean pioneer reveals what it takes to dream big and follow through.

Roxy Davis is a nine-time South African surfing champion and an entrepreneur. The founder of the Surfing Emporium shares the secret to building a successful sports business while empowering others to live their healthiest best.

Having coached Indian cricket to a World Cup win in 2011, Gary Kirsten knows the secret to a successful team. The cricket legend and entrepreneur reveals how to build a healthy, productive team.

Entrepreneurs have a tendency to over-deliver and undercharge. Serial entrepreneur and managing director of HaveYouHeard Kirsty Bisset outlines how to price and add value to your service or product.

The man behind the growth of major multinational companies like Shell and OTIS in South Africa, Bonang Mohale is a leader. The CEO of Business Leadership South Africa reveals how you too can lead your business to greater heights.

The head of Founder Institute (FI) South Africa drops her recipe on getting capital in the early stages of your business.

Mathieu Coquillon is the CEO and co-founder of fintech business Mama Money. He reveals how he helped to build a multicountry, money-transferring platform without a formal background in tech, finance or business.

The co-founder Molo Mhlaba Schools reveals why she chose to establish an all-girls iSTEM school in her community of Khayelitsha and what it took to get the project off the ground. 

Presenting yourself with clarity and authority is even more important now that everything happens through a screen. Rich Mulholland, speaker extraordinaire, outlines the steps you need to take to hold your audience and become an effective presenter.

Chartered accountant and successful entrepreneur, Nkhesani Kapena focuses her passion into 10 healthy financial bites.

Roger Norton has built over 50 products in 5 years. In this recipe, Roger shares his recipe for kickstarting and scaling a lean, efficiently iterated, startup.

Sindile Mavundla outlines how he set up an enterprise that teaches disconnected communities the joy of riding bicycles.

Best known as the suave TV presenter and executive producer of shows like Top Billing, Dr Michael Mol is a medical doctor and the founder of Hello Doctor and CEO of TruthTV. He outlines how entrepreneurs can better care for their health and, in turn, their businesses.

Entrepreneurship is stressful. Meditation alleviates stress. Mimi Cooper, trained meditation teacher and founder of The Quiet Inside reveals the techniques and tricks you can use to find calm in the midst of all the madness that comes with being in business.

The co-founder of Getsmarter and founder of Valenture unpacks how to create a culture of innovation from the outset.

The legendary CEO of Retail Capital reveals the ins and outs of raising cash for your business.

South Africa's greatest ever rugby wing, part of the 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok side, reveals his recipe to a winning mentality.

The enigmatic leader of Xero in South Africa shares his recipe on how accounting can change your business - and life.

Taxes are essential not just to business but to society as a whole. Economist and co-founder of the RealFin Group Steve Doidge outlines how to build a responsible, tax-compliant business.

Unless you're born into money, getting funding for your business is near the top of your mind. Investing strategist Cora Fernandez, who has over 20 years of experience in private equity, reveals how to attract investors to your business.

Marc Rogatschnig is a clinical psychologist and a globally respected consultant to blue-chip leaders. In this recipe, Marc explores how entrepreneurs why meaning is crucial to growing better businesses.

Creativity Recipes

Mzukisi Mbane is the founder and creative director of luxury fashion brand Imprint ZA. The Khayelitsha-born fashion designer unpacks the intricacies of running a design business.

The 2021 World Champion of Public Speaking, Verity Price unpacks how you can uncover your life force to produce a talk that truly connects you with your audience.

Pepe Marais is the Group Chief Creative Officer of Joe Public United, one of the biggest independently owned advertising agencies in South Africa. He unpacks how doing business with discipline, purpose and integrity leads to better ideas and more productivity.

Multidisciplinary designer, entrepreneur and consultant Mlondolozi Hempe outlines how you can create spaces that are not only fit for purpose but environmentally and socially sustainable too.

Award-winning filmmaker and YouTuber Dan Mace shares the recipe for creating kickass, compelling content for your YouTube channel.

Riyadh 'YoungstaCPT' Roberts is a South African rapper, songwriter and entrepreneur. He reveals how music has helped him fulfil his purpose to showcase his own diverse culture.

Award-winning standup comedian, actor and medical doctor Riaad Moosa reveals the inspiration and strategy behind his successful career in the spotlight.

The outspoken, obsessive and self-proclaimed grammar queen shares her secrets of writing great copy for business.

Multidisciplinary designer, entrepreneur and consultant Mlondolozi Hempe outlines how you can create spaces that are not only fit for purpose but environmentally and socially sustainable too.

Zolani Mahola is a story-teller, singer and performer. The co-founder of Freshlyground shares her recipe on creative expression.

Nic Haralambous is a serial entrepreneur, acclaimed author and global keynote speaker. He reveals what it takes to build a sustainable side hustle to supplement your income.g.

Jade Kirkel is the former brand manager of Sorbet, sold in 2017 in a landmark deal to Long4Life. Jade reveals what it takes to build a brand steeped in purpose and culture.

Mike Sharman is the undisputed champion of viral marketing in South Africa. With campaigns for iconic brands such as Nando's and RocoMamas under his belt, Mike lifts the lid on the secret sauce in marketing to scale.

Gamification provides customers with a richer, more engaging experience.  South African esports superstar and entrepreneur Julia Robson reveals lessons from the gaming industry and her journey to running an esports business.

Janez Vermeiren is one of SA's most successful models, a celebrated media personality and an experienced entrepreneur. The founder of reveals what it takes to create impactful video content using intentional, relevant storytelling.

After growing his agency Cerebra into a social media behemoth, Craig took his @southafrica Instagram account to 300k followers. In this recipe, he shares the ingredients to Insta success.

There's more to a great cup of coffee than just coffee and water. Coffee expert and Head of Barista Training at the Guild of Coffee Thomas Boroma demonstrates the art of the brew.

Email marketing whizz Jason Bagley manages direct marketing campaigns for some of the world's biggest brands. In this recipe, he reveals the secrets of the venerable inbox.

Award-winning raconteur and creative maven Pierre du Plessis share the ancient, archetypal secrets to effective storytelling.

Sbusiso 'DJ Sbu' Leope is a serial entrepreneur with millions of people following him on his various social channels. His superpower? Hustling.

Your business exists to serve your customers. Group Head of Customer Success at Jumo.World Carmia Lureman-Norton explains how you can design an great customer experience for your business.

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