From Braai To Big Business: How Jaco Swanepoel Started A Pan-African Events Management Company

From Braai To Big Business: How Jaco Swanepoel Started A Pan-African Events Management Company

In August 2018, we managed to pin down Jaco Swanepoel, the crazy-busy founder of CueAV, events company and staging partner of Heavy Chef. In between setting AWS annual conferences and jet-setting through fifteen African countries in a month, Jaco sat at the CTICC for a chinwag. 

The Extraordinarily High Price Of Cheap Coffee

The Extraordinarily High Price Of Cheap Coffee

David Donde is one of the world’s most famous coffee aficionados. As the founder of Truth Coffee, which was rated by MSN and The Telegraph as the world’s best coffee shop, Dave knows a thing or two about building a coffee brand. In this incendiary article, David sheds light on the entrepreneurial trap of leading the pricing race down to the bottom. This is an article about coffee, that should be read by every entrepreneur everywhere.

The Big Bad ABSA Brand Shambles

The Big Bad ABSA Brand Shambles

ABSA or Absa has had a long, long-awaited rebrand. The first one was an unloved baby in the first place, but they had the constraints of lumping together a ragtag group of irrelevant Apartheid era banks so they were given a pass. The original rebrand was lead by the pioneering brand master Anthony Swart. So what have they done now? According to Wunderbrand founder, Nick Kuhne, a really badly rolled out rebrand where they spent all their money on a bunch of dubiously licensed drones leaving nothing left over to spend on the brand rollout.

Shaun Tomson: The Surfer's Code

Shaun Tomson: The Surfer's Code

Shaun Tomson spoke on the Heavy Chef stage, hosted in June 2018 by the amazing team at Bandwidth Barn, Lookout Hill, in Khayelitsha. Shaun addressed an audience who, largely, were not familiar with Shaun's exploits. However, the young entrepreneurs in Khayelitsha were blown away by Shaun's universal message, teaching them the power of "I WILL" and how they too can achieve greatness. 

Fill In This 2 Minute Survey And Stand A Chance To Win Tickets To Heavy Chef Events In August

Fill In This 2 Minute Survey And Stand A Chance To Win Tickets To Heavy Chef Events In August

We want to know a little bit more about you. More specifically, we want to know whether you're keen on the idea of a big, kick.ass signature Heavy Chef event. Recently, as our events and workshops have been gathering momentum, we've been approached by several significant players in the event segment wondering out loud about creating an annual event. With that in mind, we want to know what YOU think. In return for your two minutes, we’ll give the first 50 peeps event tickets - yeehaa!

Happy Women's Day! We Look Back At Five Extraordinary Women Heavy Chef Speakers

Happy Women's Day! We Look Back At Five Extraordinary Women Heavy Chef Speakers

Heavy Chef has a long history of celebrating women entrepreneurs. Starting with our first ever speaker, disruptive musician Verity, who spoke about crowdfunding her album prior to being produced, before 'crowdfunding' even became a thing; to this month's lineup of stellar female superstars, Annette Muller, Dr. Eve and Heidi Patmore. Today, on this auspicious day, we cast our eye back to five of our favourite talks by women on the Heavy Chef stage. 

She Says, The Largest Creative Network For Women, Launches Second Event, Focusing On "Side Hustle"

She Says, The Largest Creative Network For Women, Launches Second Event, Focusing On "Side Hustle"

Whether you're toying with the idea of starting a side hustle, or want to become an intrapreneur in your company, SheSays Cape Town’s second event, on 23 August 2018, will explore how to inject your life with more disruptive thinking and be a game-changer in your own right. SheSays, the world’s largest creative network for women, launched its Cape Town chapter in April 2018. The next event promises to be a cracker.

Requests & Promises: The Forgotten Art Of Mobilising Teams In Digital Transformation (Part 1 of 2)

Requests & Promises: The Forgotten Art Of Mobilising Teams In Digital Transformation (Part 1 of 2)

Mike Perk has learned many lessons during his company’s pivot from being a digital agency to being a digital transformation firm. In this article, Mike shares two particularly important lessons with you. Two very simple things that are critical to enabling your team and getting buy-in during your digital transformation journey. These two things are the art of making requests, and the power of keeping your promises. Read more here.

The Khayelitsha Entrepreneur Who Is Crowd-funding His Coffee-fueled Dreams

The Khayelitsha Entrepreneur Who Is Crowd-funding His Coffee-fueled Dreams

Sikelela Dibela is a regular Heavy Chef contributor and participant. Since he was young, Siki has been passionate about contributing to an empowered and integrated community in his hometown, Khayelitsha in Cape Town. Two years ago, he was able to bring this ambition to fruition through creating a coffee culture, which served to unite people around their love of coffee. Now, Siki is set to take the next step of his entrepreneurial journey.

Accelerating Acceleration – Knife Capital Opens Call for Fourth Grindstone Growth & Exit-Readiness Programme

Accelerating Acceleration – Knife Capital Opens Call for Fourth Grindstone Growth & Exit-Readiness Programme

The Grindstone Accelerator is a structured entrepreneurship development programme that assists high-growth innovation-driven companies to become sustainable and fundable. Grindstone supplies 10 companies annually with knowledge, networks and funding readiness through growth measurement, gap analysis and deep interventions designed to build a foundation for growth, transfer skills, create relevant business networks and enable these companies to take advantage of market access opportunities. Click to learn more and how to apply to the Grindstone Accelerator Programme 2018.

How NOT To Stuff Up Your MVP: 10 Simple Things To Remember

How NOT To Stuff Up Your MVP: 10 Simple Things To Remember

The idea behind building an MVP is to learn what customers truly need by asking for feedback at each product development phase. Many projects fail because they want to deliver a product when it is fully developed and enter the market with a bang. Click on to read some ideas worth considering when thinking about product development and building the minimum feature set of your product.

Daily Maverick Reveals Ridiculously Jam-Packed Line-up For 'The Gathering: Media Edition' 2018

Daily Maverick Reveals Ridiculously Jam-Packed Line-up For 'The Gathering: Media Edition' 2018

In early August 2017, Daily Maverick hosted the inaugural Media Edition of ‘The Gathering’. Heavy Chef has been a close supporter of DM’s Gatherings since they came out around 8 years ago. These flippen things seem to garner more drama than a parliamentary hearing with Juju and JZ in attendance. In anticipation of this year’s Media Gathering Heavy Chef chatted to Styli Charalambous, the MD of Daily Maverick.

Nic Haralambous: How Failure Taught Me To Be A Better Entrepreneur

Nic Haralambous: How Failure Taught Me To Be A Better Entrepreneur

Nic Haralambous, founder of the iconic Nic Harry men's fashion company, gave a passionate presentation on failure in a seminal talk at the IC | IC Auditorium in Cape Town, on the 16 July, 2018. Nic starts his story by relating a fateful evening many moons ago when his parents sat him down to tell him they were separating. This set in motion a roller-coaster ride of failures, challenges, successes and learnings.

Red & Yellow’s Mandela Day Challenge To Successful Entrepreneurs: Help 67 More Entrepreneurs.

Red & Yellow’s Mandela Day Challenge To Successful Entrepreneurs: Help 67 More Entrepreneurs.

Our friends over at Red & Yellow are launching a blended-learning 'Entrepreneurship in Action' 10-week online course. A course specifically designed to give young entrepreneurs and small business owners the tools and insights they need to build sustainable businesses. We speak to Rob Stokes about the initiative.

Why Switching To Cloud-Based Accounting Systems Is Critical For Small Business Owners

Why Switching To Cloud-Based Accounting Systems Is Critical For Small Business Owners

With all the cloud-based tools available, majority of small businesses in South Africa are still using spreadsheet to run their business accounts. Click to read the benefits of adapting a cloud-based tool - and, if you’re curious to learn even more, check out our finance masterclasses led by Philip van Zyl and Ian Meaker.