R1480; Cape Town. Ryan Stramrood. From being a corporate couch potato in his thirties ten years ago, Ryan Stramrood has already completed 81 Robben Island-to-mainland crossings, swam solo across the notorious English Channel, swam the first official “Ice Mile” in -1°C water in Antarctica, completed the world’s first swim around the southernmost tip of South America – Cape Horn – and was the first South African male to swim from Europe to Africa across the Gibraltar Strait. Ryan’s next challenge? Teaching you, grit.
R1480. Cape Town. Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski. In the penultimate learning experience for 2018, Heavy Chef is proud to host a true ‘master of scale’, San Francisco-native, Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski, who will be spending a week in Cape Town over December to share the secrets of super-growth scaling. Gabe will share the secrets that he used while working with Uber, Thumbtack and Modernize in order to truly grow your company.
R1480. Johannesburg. Mike Perk. Our next facilitator is one of the leading change consultants working in Africa and Europe, helping companies such as Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover and Vodafone. Mike works closely with leaders that are looking to transform their organisations to become more relevant in a digitally connected world. Now, in an exclusive Heavy Chef Masterclass, Mike will enable you, and your business, to realise true potential.
R145. Cape Town. Ryan Stramrood. Conn Bertish. We have invited two individuals who exemplify the very essence of the word “Grit” - Ryan Stramrood and Conn Bertish. Ryan Stramrood is a globally-renowned ice swimmer that has braved the world's most challenging waters. Conn Bertish is a cancer survivor with a story that has gripped the world’s attention. Ryan and Conn are going to stand on the Heavy Chef stage in November and share their stories - inspiring the rest of us that we can push past impossible and, using grit and creative thinking, that all of us can build extraordinarily hard-to-kill organisations.
Yoco is one of the fastest growing companies on the African continent. Recently, the company announced that it had received $16m in a fundraising round, which it quickly followed with another announcement: Yoco was launching Yoco Capital. Now, the enigmatic founder Katlego Maphai, will tell the story of how a humble group of four African friends started and scaled a truly inspiring African finch company.
Hundreds of nominations are in. There can only be five finalists. Last year’s winners were SweepSouth, Wala, Zoona, JUMO and Yoco. The leaders and co-founders all shared last year’s stage at the penultimate event of 2017 to tell us how they’re changing the world. This year promises to be bigger and better. Book your seats to a celebration of startup success as we shine a light on a year of hard slog and monumental achievement from South Africa’s finest young businesses.
We’re kicking off the year with a killer lineup of futurists, disrupters and trends forecasters. Bronwyn Williams and Dion Channg from Flux Trends are the most highly regarded commentators on futurism in South Africa. They will be joined by Ian Russell for a firecracker opening event in 2019. This event will be fun, insightful and critical to get moving with a clear lens on what’s around the corner over the next 12 months.
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