Aisha Pandor: How SweepSouth Overcame Adversity To Achieve Success And Scale

On the 27th of July, Heavy Chef hosted Startup Nation at Workshop 17 where we featured Aisha Pandor, the co-founder of SweepSouth and Michael Deon, the co-founder of Augmentors. 

Aisha Pandor, CEO of SweepSouth, told an entranced Heavy Chef audience about the story of her and her husband's rapidly-growing startup.

SweepSouth is an on-demand cleaning service company, founded in 2014 by Aisha Pandor and her husband Alen Ribic. The platform connects cleaners with home owners. The company has raised R7m in funding from venture capital providers, including FNB’s EdgeGrowth and Newton Partners. Last year Pandor and Ribic spent four months in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, participating in the prestigious 500 Startups accelerator.

In this riveting talk, Aisha shared what it was like working with family, selling everything and following her dreams. Aisha, who founded SweepSouth with developer husband Alen Ribic, gave our community a taste of what it is like to live and work with your business partner, getting funding, fixing a fast-expanding service and introducing improvements for customers and their 'SweepStars'. Aisha also touched on their experience working in Silicon Valley, along with its associated challenges. 

Michael, Fred and Aisha looking so fancy.

Michael, Fred and Aisha looking so fancy.

This event was a new era in the Heavy Chef brand. It was our first paid event and was sold out within two weeks. Additionally, it was also our first event at the scintillating venue space, Workshop 17, and our first event with exciting new sponsors Recruit Digital and PayFast. 

The view of Table Mountain from Workshop 17

The view of Table Mountain from Workshop 17