Heavy Chef Launches Largest Ever Study Into Entrepreneur Education In SA

At two invitation-only briefings, in Cape Town Workshop17 15 October, and Johannesburg Workshop17 17 October, Heavy Chef will release the results of the largest and most comprehensive study into the learning habits of entrepreneurs in South Africa ever conducted. The 2019 Edition will mark the first of what will be an inaugural study to track the state of entrepreneur education in the country.

“This survey is the most in-depth look to date at the learning processes and habits that entrepreneurs develop over time, and uncovers how entrepreneurial thinking is nurtured.”

“Entrepreneur skills and mindset are critical to solving many of today's challenges and will continue to grow in importance looking towards the future,” says Chairman of Heavy Chef Non-Profit, Heavy Chef Foundation and the author of the survey, Louis Janse van Rensburg.

“This survey is the most in-depth look to date at the learning processes and habits that entrepreneurs develop over time, and uncover how entrepreneurial thinking is nurtured,” said Janse van Rensburg. “We wanted to understand how entrepreneurs are made.”

“As a company and as proud South Africans we have a vested interest in seeing an entrepreneur culture develop in South Africa.”

With that goal in mind, Heavy Chef partnered with payment specialists, Yoco, research firm, In On Africa (IOA), EdTech investment fund, Glengarry Capital and co-working collective, Workshop17 to map-out the attitudes, perceptions and preferences of entrepreneurs about topics such as:

  • Sources and methods of learning

  • Current and future skills and knowledge gaps

  • Learning content and delivery of content

  • Influences and support structures

  • Social factors that impact learning

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With just over 4,000 entrepreneurs from all over South Africa studied over an 8 month period, the findings will aim to bring planning and investments into entrepreneur education more in line with the real-world wants and needs of local entrepreneurs.

Katlego Maphai, Yoco Co-Founder and CEO says: “At Yoco we strive to make access to knowledge as simple as we have made access to our products and technology."

Maphai added: “It was obvious to us to partner with Heavy Chef on an ambitious study like this, as it is knowledge that is the fuel that fires growth for a small business owner.”

With the help of one of Africa’s top research and intelligence specialists, IOA, the research employed a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods to build a data set as well as hear from individual experiences across different age groups, locations, gender, income groups and business sizes.

“I left academia to become an entrepreneur when I was in my mid-20s and it was the most important and life-changing decision I’ve ever made.” says Jonathan Mundell, IOA CEO. “I know first-hand that education helps entrepreneurs realise their potential and am proud to have contributed our expertise to this important endeavour.”

Louis Janse van Rensburg, Chairman: Heavy Chef Foundation NPC and author of The Annual Heavy Chef Entrepreneur Education Survey

Louis Janse van Rensburg, Chairman: Heavy Chef Foundation NPC and author of The Annual Heavy Chef Entrepreneur Education Survey

Having recently hosted the second ‘Educating Africa’ event, that included Former President Thabo Mbeki, Getsmarter co-founder Sam Paddock and the CEO of Rekindle Learning, Rapelang Rabana, the launch of The Annual Heavy Chef Entrepreneur Education Survey sees the continued rise of Heavy Chef as a disruptive education start-up in South Africa.

“Our methodology at Heavy Chef is Learn. Do. Share.” says Heavy Chef CEO, Fred Roed. “In conducting this vital research, the team has put together the understanding that enables positive, impactive and sustainable action. I’m beyond proud of Louis, the team and our partners who had the foresight to make this a reality.”

A Summary Report of The Annual Heavy Chef Entrepreneur Education Survey will be made free to the public from 18 October 2019 at www.heavychef.com.

The Full Report and presentation with expanded data and deeper insights can be accessed upon request, with proceeds to fund the skills and enterprise & supplier development activities of the Heavy Chef Foundation NPC.