New York-based Film Director and Youtuber, Dan Mace, is heading home to Cape Town to teach locals how to become YouTube stars at a Heavy Chef Masterclass. Mace will be joined by his manager and serial entrepreneur, Willie Morris who founded (and sold) a subscription company with digital phenomenon Gary Vaynerchuck, the social reality superstar and chairman of VaynerX.
The results are in. After 1,000 total entries and 141 unique entries were received for the Nedgroup Investments and Heavy Chef ‘SA’s Top 5 Most Exciting Startups’ event on the 4th December 2018. Entries were closed on Friday 23 November, and yesterday a shortlist of 12 startups were announced. Today, we reveal the final five.
Arthur Goldstuck is confidently the best-known tech researcher working on the African continent. On the Heavy Chef stage, Arthur unpacked the Visa / World Wide Worx / Platinum Seed eCommerce survey results. On an evening that also featured Yuppiechef's Andrew Smith and Bradley Elliott talking about various aspects of the online retail landscape, Arthur's presentation dove headfirst into the details, gleaning key takeouts and some surprising statistics.
UI / UX design whizz Jacques Oberholzer, co-founder of boutique design firm Now Boarding, has worked with some of the most widely-used apps and websites in the world. With clients such as Property24, Standard Bank, Gyft and fintech companies across Europe, Jacques knows a thing or two about bringing a concept to reality. In this insightful talk, Jacques shares his philosophy around standing out in a crowed marketplace.
Bradley Elliott is the CEO of South African digital marketing agency Platinum Seed, which partnered with Visa and research firm World Wide Worx to create the largest ever Online Retail survey conducted in Africa, focusing on eCommerce. Elliott delivered an inspiring talk, originating in some of the major signals from China’s eCommerce market and then reverting to lessons from African eCommerce trends. Elliott ended his talk with five key takeouts to learn from the African example.
Andrew Smith started Yuppiechef with his dear friend Shane Dryden over a decade ago. From selling a handful of products in its first year, it is a now an internationally recognised business that is generating hundreds of millions in turnover. In this action-packed presentation in November 2018, Andrew explains why, in the face of retail doom and gloom, Yuppiechef's decision to launch its retails stores across South Africa was a no-brainer.
Conn Bertish is our second speaker at Tuesday's Heavy Chef event, focusing on Grit, and he is remarkably hard to kill. Conn is one of the country’s top creative thinkers, having worked with some of the leading creative agencies in Africa. In 2006, Conn was diagnosed with a form of adult malignant brain cancer, leaving him at the mercy of the world's most feared disease. Using a very creative approach - and a truckload of grit - Conn finally beat cancer in 2013 - and then started building a tool, to help others do the same. Read how he did it, here. This week, Heavy Chef CO Fred Roed spoke to him about the journey - read the interview here.
Pierre du Plessis is not your average Heavy Chef speaker. Some members of the audience were a little confused when Pierre opened his talk with "smell your hands". Pierre is not your average design thinker either. With a varied career in muliple disciplines, Pierre has advised artists, designers, technologists and international CEOs alike. The CEO of social entrepreneur company, Pierre is also a consultant, a strategist and a 'dissident preacher'. Watch this talk and prepare to be challenged.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.