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.
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.
Last week, Seed Academy released The State Of Entrepreneurship In South Africa report, after surveying more than 1000 entrepreneurs across the county. The results indicate that entrepreneurs are not thriving and dramatically more needs to be done to improve SA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Read the full article and download the report here.
Masechaba Ndlovu is one of South Africa's most thought provoking personalities. Masechaba is an entrepreneur, radio show host, presenter and MC. Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef, asked Masechaba five candid questions about her rise to fame, her thoughts on African progress, her own goals and her advice for young entrepreneurs.
On Wednesday 22nd August, CEO Fred Roed, announced that Heavy Chef will be hosting former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, in a rare public appearance, to focus on the topic of “Educating Africa” in Johannesburg. The three confirmed speakers are Mbeki, rising star S’onqoba Maseko and Getsmarter co-founder, Sam Paddock.
In part one of this series, WWC CEO Mike Perk offered some insight into how to make effective requests of your team. This article will explore the other side of the request, which is the subsequent agreement through a promise to keep it.
mLab, as part of its reHealthAfrica project in partnership with CSIR and the DST, has created two market maps for investors, startups and corporates wanting to better understand the opportunities and structure of the local HealthTech ecosystem. Download the two infographics here.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.