African Fintech Company Yoco Launches "Yoco Capital": Cash Advances For Small Businesses

African Fintech Company Yoco Launches "Yoco Capital": Cash Advances For Small Businesses

Following the success of its point-of-sale payment service, which is now used by over 28,000 small businesses, Yoco, a South African-based fintech company, launches Yoco Capital. Yoco Capital provides small businesses with fast, efficient access to a cash advance.

South African "Karri" App For School Payments Is Set To Expand Its Successful Collections Offering

South African "Karri" App For School Payments Is Set To Expand Its Successful Collections Offering

The Karri collection app has grown substantially over the last year. On the back of its success, it is expanding its offering to include collections for just about any purpose or organisation that wants to collect from its members. Click on to read more about the app and Fred Roed’s interview with the founder of Karri, Doug Hoernle.

Swiss-based UI/UX Designer Jacques Oberholzer Unpacks The Link Between Data And Design

Swiss-based UI/UX Designer Jacques Oberholzer Unpacks The Link Between Data And Design

Zsuzsa Kandra, Business Development Manager at Heavy Chef, spoke to design aficionado Jacques Oberholzer, on data, story-telling, instinct, brand, secret ingredients and how design has evolved over the year. Jacques, who runs the Switzerland branch of boutique UI/UX design agency, Now Boarding, will be in South Africa for a week to reveal some of his recipes around MVP and app design in a series of learning experiences exclusive to Heavy Chef.

SA Entrepreneur-founded Startup Prodigy Finance Secures R14.39 Billion In Debt Financing Over Twelve Months

SA Entrepreneur-founded Startup Prodigy Finance Secures R14.39 Billion In Debt Financing Over Twelve Months

Debt financing enables scale and expansion to fund the best students around the world. This includes additional U.S. universities, schools and programmes, and a new loan refinance product. Prodigy Finance, the UK-based pioneer in cross-border finance founded by South African entrepreneur, Cameron Stevens, has announced that it raised R14.39 billion in the last twelve months in available debt financing.

The Guy Behind The African 'Tom's Shoes'-Style Notebook Company Reveals Why It's Good To Do Good

The Guy Behind The African 'Tom's Shoes'-Style Notebook Company Reveals Why It's Good To Do Good

HumanWrites is the little square notebook company that is growing like gangbusters around South Africa - mainly on the back of its social contribution. For each ‘Writable’ that gets sold, the company gives back to society. Pierre du Plessis is the ‘CWO’ of HumanWrites, and is going to be talking at our next Heavy Chef event in Cape Town, on design thinking and creating your ultimate mobile application. Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef, spoke to Pierre in the lead up to the event on the 22 October.

Johannesburg’s Business Book Club Is Coming To Cape Town

Johannesburg’s Business Book Club Is Coming To Cape Town

Once or twice a month between 19h00 and 21h00, The Business Book Club hosts an event in Johannesburg in varying venues around Sandton and Fourways. Now, The Business Book Club is launching a new Cape Town chapter. At the first event in Cape Town, Jacques will be chatting with entrepreneur and public speaker Richard Mulholland

Survey To Lift The Lid On SA Retail Ecommerce

Survey To Lift The Lid On SA Retail Ecommerce

Online Retail in SA 2018 sees World Wide Worx, Visa and Platinum Seed partner to deliver groundbreaking insights on local digital shopping, and shoppers. This groundbreaking report will be revealed for the first time at a Heavy Chef event at Workshop17 in Johannesburg, 31st October, and at Workshop17 in Cape Town, 1st November.

Freshlyground's Zolani Uses Thundafund To Crowdsource New Creative Collaboration

Freshlyground's Zolani Uses Thundafund To Crowdsource New Creative Collaboration

This summer, South Africa's most celebrated music superstars, Zolani Mahola, lead singer of Freshlyground, and Dom and Dave from Goldfish will be co-producing a track which will see the coming together of two epic sounds in one explosive mega-hit.

Saturday Morning In Khayelitsha: Halala Masechaba Ndlovu! Halala Heavy Chef!

Saturday Morning In Khayelitsha: Halala Masechaba Ndlovu! Halala Heavy Chef!

It was the second Saturday in September. I opened my eyes to a chilly morning in the largest suburb in the east coast of the Cape, a suburb called Khayelitsha. After some time (it was a Saturday morning after all), I summoned all my strength and fronted-up to this thing called life. Today was to be the twelfth round against that devilish voice in my head.

Minimal Viable Product: How To Finally Get That Brilliant Shower Idea From Concept To Reality

Minimal Viable Product: How To Finally Get That Brilliant Shower Idea From Concept To Reality

Your minimal viable product is the thing that validates that big idea that's been cooking up inside you for long. Your MVP is the thing that indicates whether you actually have a business. Heavy Chef has invited Jacques Oberholzer, co-founder of international UI / UX design agency Now Boarding, and Pierre du Plessis, CEO of HumanWrit.es to unpack this vital topic on the Heavy Chef stage on the 22 and 23 October 2018.

Heavy Chef Venue Partner Workshop17 Launches Stunning New Co-Working Space: Tabakhuis

Heavy Chef Venue Partner Workshop17 Launches Stunning New Co-Working Space: Tabakhuis

Heavy Chef venue partner for seminars and events is the Workshop17 group of workspaces. Following on from Workshop17’s nationwide rebrand, this week Workshop17 announced the opening of their latest co-working space in Paarl, Western Cape: Tabakhuis.

Meet The Man Behind Jozi's Finest One-Stop-Video-Production-Shop

Meet The Man Behind Jozi's Finest One-Stop-Video-Production-Shop

Heavy Chef recently collaborated with a Johannesburg-based videographer to capture and edit our Joburg events. Heavy Chef’s Zsuzsa Kandra first met Justin Sandmann on the day we were setting up for our event at the Birdhouse - you know, the day of that infamous lift incident? Zsuzsa chatted to Justin during a coffee break about his trade and the ups and downs of being a freelance videographer in Africa.

The Night We Got Stuck In A Lift While Thabo Mbeki Was Waiting For Us

The Night We Got Stuck In A Lift While Thabo Mbeki Was Waiting For Us

Last Friday night, I was stuck over an hour in a Schindler lift at a venue in Johannesburg, between the 16th and 17th floor, along with an actuary, a video journalist, an investor, a nuclear scientist, an event coordinator, project manager and an educationalist.

A Letter From The Audience: Entrepreneurs In Townships Are Ready To Take The Big Step Up

A Letter From The Audience: Entrepreneurs In Townships Are Ready To Take The Big Step Up

Aphelele Mtwecu is a member of the Heavy Chef community in Khayelitsha. After watching Masechaba Ndlovu’s seminal talk in Khayelitsha in September 2018, she wrote this moving piece. An intriguing event filled with laughter and tears, Masechaba started us off with her journey of moving from one country to another. This would later very much shape the person she is today. Read the full article here.

Masechaba Ndlovu: Building A Powerful Personal Brand In Africa

Masechaba Ndlovu: Building A Powerful Personal Brand In Africa

Masechaba Ndlovu is one of South Africa's most thought-provoking personalities. Masechaba is an entrepreneur, radio show host, presenter and MC. Sometimes provocative, sometimes hilarious, always relevant, Masechaba has forged a remarkable position in the South African celebrity sector. In this seminal event in September 2018, Masechaba came to the heart of SA's second biggest township, Khayelitsha, to address a passionate entrepreneur community at the iconic Bandwidth Barn venue at Lookout Hill.

Quirky New Cape Town Startup Delivers Instagram-ready Plants In Real Life

Quirky New Cape Town Startup Delivers Instagram-ready Plants In Real Life

Plantify is South Africa’s first "Urban Plantery" - a term the startup made up to distinguish themselves from a Garden Centre or Nursery. Plantify’s value-add is that they offer Instagram-worthy plants, delivered to your door, while making the pot-matching process easy. Heavy Chef spoke to founder Andreas Keller about how the business was conceptualised and the lessons he’s learning along the way.

Dr. Marlene Wasserman: The Impact The Sex Industry Has On Human Psychology

Dr. Marlene Wasserman: The Impact The Sex Industry Has On Human Psychology

Dr. Eve is the brand that Marlene Wasserman created to create awareness around sexual health in South Africa. This outspoken Clinical Psychologist took to the Heavy Chef stage in August 2018 to join an incendiary conversation about the radical impact that sex and technology is having on our psychological makeup.