R175. Cape Town. Craig Rodney. Mo Flava. Pearl Shongwe, Gill Strawberry. This session, we're talking about influence - how to attain it, how to wield it and how to grow your business through using influencer marketing. In the age of social media, influence is no longer the domain of media powerhouses or politicians. Businesses themselves can shape audiences directly, and we’re going to investigate how with four of South Africa’s most authoritative practitioners: Craig Rodney, Mo Flava, Pearl Shongwe and Gill Strawberry are four mavens of social media magic that will shape the way you think about influence and conveying your message to the masses.
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Heavy Chef is an education company that specialises in creating learning experiences for entrepreneurs. Our name comes from the saying ‘never trust a skinny chef’. Heavy Chef celebrates people who walk the talk, who practice what they preach, who eat their own food. We create events and masterclasses featuring 'Heavy Chefs', then share the content with our community of around 20,000+ entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and graduates. We believe that, in a world of talkers, it's the doers that are going to change it. Hungry?
What kind of education system does Africa need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution and how do we produce learners who are productive and competitive in the future economy? Rapelang Rabana, Sam Paddock and Lukhanyo Neer provide insights into the pressing matter of education, addressing issues like lack of infrastructure, resources and relevant tools, while offering solutions that fit the African education landscape.
Shona Macdonald is on a crowd-funding journey to raise the money to take her business to the next level while educating others on what crowdfunding entails in the hope of inspiring other entrepreneurs to try the same route. Shona tells our Heavy Chef community why it's important that your crowdfunding purpose resonates with your market.
Respected lawyer and entreprenuer Max Boqwana is the CEO of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF). Speaking at the Heavy Chef ‘Educators’ Inspire Session, Boqwana emphasised the need for a clear and practical strategy for education on the continent. TMF presented a 200-page report on how the 4th industrial revolution can transform education to former president Thabo Mbeki at the event.
South African Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is a true Heavy Chef. Motshekga has been working in education for most of her life, from lecturing at Wits University to serving as the MEC for Social Services and Education in Gauteng. Motshekga has put her stamp of approval on Thabo Mbeki Foundation's 200-page report on the future of education in South Africa, acknowledging that having a body deal with intellectual engagement is enriching to the education sector in the country.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is a renown intellectual and an authority on the subject of education in Africa. Joining us for the second iteration of the ‘Educators’ Inspire Session, Mr. Mbeki addresses the violence and disorder in South Africa, one of the issues we have to overcome in order to meet the challenge of education and thrive.
She’s coined a (much needed!) new word to define a special breed of woman. For advertising legend Sizakele Marutlulle, a ’Fentreprenuer’ is a woman who is clear about the gift they bring to the world. A woman who is focused on her growth and that of her community. She is gritty, generous and committed to being great at what she does. Sounds like the HC community of women, doesn’t it?
A ‘salty, barefoot surfer girl at heart’, Roxy was born to do what she does. And it shows, with nine national championships under her fin. In 2017, she was the first person to ever represent South Africa in all three surfing disciplines. Today, she not only owns a successful business Surf Emporium but is using her passion for positive impact through The Roxy Davis Foundation.
In the first of Heavy Chef's 'Inspire' Series of events, in partnership with Discovery Business Insurance, the two original co-founders of Discovery Health Adrian Gore and Barry Swartzberg shared the stage with Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed to reminisce on their iconic company's journey over the past 25 years.
In one of the most surprising, refreshing and impactive talks ever seen on the Heavy Chef stage, Cape Town's latest hip hop phenom, YoungstaCPT, presents his hypothesis on why it is so challenging for creative entrepreneurs to succeed out of South Africa. YoungstaCPT, otherwise known as Riyadh Roberts, spoke at the first Heavy Chef 'Raw' Session in Khayelitsha, in the iconic Bandwidth Barn venue at Lookout Hill.
Valter Adao is the Chief Digital & Innovation Officer of Deloitte Africa. In July 2019, Valter gave an outstanding presentation to a packed audience at Workshop17 in Sandton. Valter leads a diverse team of specialists who create a leading digital ecosystem to assist organisations in understanding and undergoing Digital Transformation. In this seminal talk, Valter explains why the future of work looks so scary, and what we can do to use it to our advantage.
Rapelang Rabana is an internationally renowned tech entrepreneur, computer scientist, speaker, digital thought leader, and business leader. Her honors include; Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum; Fast Company Maverick; Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum; Forbes 30 under 30 - Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs. In this Heavy Chef presentation, Rapelang presents her revolutionary ideas that approach measuring competency differently.
Valter is a true digital leader, recognized globally as an expert in the fields of disruptive innovation, business re-imagination, and emerging technologies. He is also a member of the Singularity University and a recipient of the Constellation Transformation 150 award.
In this HC exclusive video, Valter was a speaker alongside Ian Russell, Happy Ntshingila and Rich Mulholland, and he gets into a conversation about the future of jobs for South Africans in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Sam Paddock is the former CEO and Co-Founder of the digital education company, GetSmarter. Sam and his brother Rob started the company in 2008 and grew it to operate in 167 countries by partnering with world-class universities to offer short online courses for professionals. Sam is also a co-founder of Getwine, Hubble Studios, and investor at Yuppiechef. Sam was on our stage last year alongside former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki speaking about the future of education.
Zolani Mahola is one of South Africa's best-known performing artists. She has worked in the top echelons of the music industry, both locally and internationally. She is also fondly known for her band’s collaboration with Shakira on the World Cup 2010 anthem, Waka Waka. A few months ago, Zolani was the MC of our event with Imogen Heap, check out her talk in this short, inspiring video. Zolani talks about her formative years, from being a chubby baby to a cherubic child. She speaks about some of the problems she faced and how the South African political situation provided icons that fed into her music.
Happy Ntshingila is the Co-Founder of Unknown Citizen. He founded South Africa's first black-owned agency, HerdBuoys Advertising in 1991. His experience stretches across working with and building a number of blue-chip brands during a successful 30-year career. His experience straddles the ICT, FMCG, media and broadcast sectors, working with leading brands in all those sectors.
Ian Russell is a corporate leader who has spent decades in the boardrooms of major blue chip companies in South Africa and across the world. In his collection of thought provoking essays entitled, The Other End of the Telescope, Russell unpacks his experiences working in the corporate sector. At Workshop17 in March 2019, Ian gave a stirring presentation on the Heavy Chef stage about the particular problem of ‘fuzzy logic’.
Rich Mulholland a best-selling author and serial entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of exciting new startup TalkDrawer, a platform that helps managers be leaders through presentations. He bestrides the stage like a colossus, owning and driving excellence in the pursuit of free-thinking, insightful irreverence, and impassioned delivery. In this hilarious and insightful presentation, Rich takes us through the similarity between intermittent fasting and how we should gather information in our professional lives. Watch, listen and learn.
S'onqoba Vuba is a disruptor in the education space. Currently, S'onqoba is Managing Director of Perpetu8, an advisory and implementation consultancy for SMME’s. In a succinct and powerful presentation, S’onqoba speaks of the importance of rethinking education in the shadow of the 4th Industrial Revolution. She shares her views on how we can use technolog improve the way we, as humans, can improve our day-to-day living in the digital age.
There is a problem with education in South Africa (and Africa). That much is patently clear. The problem is that leaders don't know how to tackle the problem - or where even to start tacking the problem. The '4th Industrial Revolution' has rendered much of the landscape unintelligible for the people in charge of education portfolios at leadership level. When faced with the challenge, the trap is to call yet another round of talks - and all that results is more talks. After listening to two stirring talks by Sam Paddock and S'onqoba Maseko, Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, gave a fascinating, cogent and sometimes hilarious speech on the Heavy Chef stage.
Mike Schalit needs no introduction in the South African advertising world. A highly gifted and unique individual, he has been voted the country’s top Creative Director for eleven consecutive years. In this Heavy Chef presentation, Mike relates how he went from advertising in the digital economy to... building libraries.
Alexandria Procter's energy is infectious. While studying biology, Alexandria had the idea to connect students to student digs in a safe, user-friendly way. Her lecturer persuaded her to drop out of university to pursue her dream to build her innovative venture. Together with her co-founders, Alex has grown DigsConnect into one of South Africa's most exciting startups.
African student entrepreneur Xabiso Lombo is creating a vital resource for young people trying to make a better life in Africa. The problem she's trying to solve? Safety. In this energetic talk, Xabiso relates how she came from a dusty town in the Eastern Cape to creating a tech company that will enable young folks in South Africa to carry on with their lives without the pervasive feeling of helplessness in the face of crime while studying.
Mvelo Hlophe has a presidential air about him. Strong, confident and enigmatic on stage, Mvelo is the CEO of the exciting new student startup Zaio. Mvelo related to a riveted Heavy Chef audience on Thursday 2 May, 2019 at Workshop17 in Cape Town. Mvelo gave some insights as to why Zaio is such an important idea, and some glimpses of how hard it is to run a business behind the scenes - particularly when you're a student at the same time.
Tamir is a plucky young entrepreneur from the University of Cape Town. He's still a student, yet Tamir saw a significant gap in the crazy annual melee that occurs when books are exchanged between students. Instead of post-it notes, Tamir decided to create a platform. In this succinct, highly charged presentation at Heavy Chef, Tamir discloses how he is changing the world and his vision for one of the most exciting young startup ventures in South Africa.
Fred Roed is the CEO of Heavy Chef, and in this video from an event at the Mitre Theatre at Bishops College, Rondebosch Cape Town, he talks about the purpose and meaning behind Heavy Chef, the organisation he founded as a business after selling his digital agency World Wide Creative in 2013. In this video, Roed talks about the foundation of the idea behind Heavy Chef, the origin story, and how it evolved from being a central philosophy at his previous company to being a central tenet of a fast growing education platform.
Imogen Heap is a multi-award-winning musician, indie superstar, musical disruptor, innovator and cryptocurrency investor. She has had hundreds of millions of her songs downloaded, sold and streamed over two decades during one of the world's most influential careers. In the latest phase of her innovative journey, Imogen Heap has quietly been stirring up a revolution with her 'Mycelia' project, aiming to democratise music and solve some of the industry's most stubborn problems: intellectual property.
If you’re wondering how to get the ideal Facebook paid social campaign strategy for your business, it’s as simple as coming to a Heavy Chef session. Last week we managed to squeeze two Senior Paid Social Specialists and the Head of Training Facebook in two rooms, in separate cities (JHB and CPT) - VOILA! You’re well on your way to getting a glimpse of how to introduce innovative and successful paid social strategies, for your business. Here are some videos to whet your appetite for more Heavy Chef goodness.
Alessandro Colafranceschi is a legend in the digital world. Having headed up the digital portfolio for Standard Bank, Alessandro Colafranceschi has now turned his considerable expertise to the world of AgriTech. In this fascinating talk at Workshop17's stunning new Tabakhuis premises in Paarl, Alessandro explains his journey over the past two years immersing himself in the agriculture world with a single aim: understanding the plight of the modern farmer.
Tim Willis gave a fascinating insight into Aerobotics, nominated one of SA's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups in 2018, and how they are changing the world. With a presentation that spoke the power of big data and AI, Tim explained how company is creating a flywheel of agricultural data. This data is allowing Aerobotics to make more informed decisions in real time, and ultimately change the world of farmers everywhere.
Dion Chang is a strategic thinker, keynote speaker, a walking ideas bank and professional cage rattler. He is one of South Africa’s most respected trend analysts and founder of Flux Trends, which takes the unique view of “trends as business strategy”. Dion is passionate about assisting companies embrace change and embedding a culture of innovation into corporate operating systems. As a result, he is used as a management consultant for businesses facing disruption and challenged with adapting to a new world order. In this all exclusive Heavy Chef event, Dion is talking about the understanding innovation and the ethics of new leadership.
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