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African Fintech Company Yoco Launches "Yoco Capital": Cash Advances For Small Businesses

African Fintech Company Yoco Launches "Yoco Capital": Cash Advances For Small Businesses

Following the success of its point-of-sale payment service, which is now used by over 28,000 small businesses, Yoco, a South African-based fintech company, launches Yoco Capital. Yoco Capital provides small businesses with fast, efficient access to a cash advance.

SA Entrepreneur-founded Startup Prodigy Finance Secures R14.39 Billion In Debt Financing Over Twelve Months

SA Entrepreneur-founded Startup Prodigy Finance Secures R14.39 Billion In Debt Financing Over Twelve Months

Debt financing enables scale and expansion to fund the best students around the world. This includes additional U.S. universities, schools and programmes, and a new loan refinance product. Prodigy Finance, the UK-based pioneer in cross-border finance founded by South African entrepreneur, Cameron Stevens, has announced that it raised R14.39 billion in the last twelve months in available debt financing.

The Guy Behind The African 'Tom's Shoes'-Style Notebook Company Reveals Why It's Good To Do Good

The Guy Behind The African 'Tom's Shoes'-Style Notebook Company Reveals Why It's Good To Do Good

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.

Johannesburg’s Business Book Club Is Coming To Cape Town

Johannesburg’s Business Book Club Is Coming To Cape Town

Once or twice a month between 19h00 and 21h00, The Business Book Club hosts an event in Johannesburg in varying venues around Sandton and Fourways. Now, The Business Book Club is launching a new Cape Town chapter. At the first event in Cape Town, Jacques will be chatting with entrepreneur and public speaker Richard Mulholland

Survey To Lift The Lid On SA Retail Ecommerce

Survey To Lift The Lid On SA Retail Ecommerce

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.

Freshlyground's Zolani Uses Thundafund To Crowdsource New Creative Collaboration

Freshlyground's Zolani Uses Thundafund To Crowdsource New Creative Collaboration

This summer, South Africa's most celebrated music superstars, Zolani Mahola, lead singer of Freshlyground, and Dom and Dave from Goldfish will be co-producing a track which will see the coming together of two epic sounds in one explosive mega-hit.

Heavy Chef Venue Partner Workshop17 Launches Stunning New Co-Working Space: Tabakhuis

Heavy Chef Venue Partner Workshop17 Launches Stunning New Co-Working Space: Tabakhuis

Heavy Chef venue partner for seminars and events is the Workshop17 group of workspaces. Following on from Workshop17’s nationwide rebrand, this week Workshop17 announced the opening of their latest co-working space in Paarl, Western Cape: Tabakhuis.

A Local Actress Is Teaching Us How To Own The Business Side Of Creative Output

A Local Actress Is Teaching Us How To Own The Business Side Of Creative Output

The water crisis ignited a wave of inspiration within South Africa. When the film industry slumped, a plucky local actress used her entrepreneurial experience to create her own opportunities. Heavy Chef representative, Caley van der Kolk chatted to the remarkable Micharn Pollock about her mission.

New Entrepreneurship Survey Warns That SA’s Entrepreneurs Are Not Thriving

New Entrepreneurship Survey Warns That SA’s Entrepreneurs Are Not Thriving

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.

EVENT POSTPONED: 'Educating Africa' With Sam Paddock And Thabo Mbeki - New Date, New Venue

EVENT POSTPONED: 'Educating Africa' With Sam Paddock And Thabo Mbeki - New Date, New Venue

The Educating Africa event, featuring speakers S'onqoba Maseko, Sam Paddock and Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, has been postponed by one day. The event was originally scheduled for September 13 2018, and is now being held one day later, on Friday September 14th 2018, at The Birdhouse, in Owl Street, Braamfontein.

Heavy Chef Partners With Taxify To Bring You An Even More Spectacular Event Experience

Heavy Chef Partners With Taxify To Bring You An Even More Spectacular Event Experience

In the face of monstrous competition, Taxify is steadily, but surely, eating up market share on the African continent. Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef, reveals the exciting new partnership with this pugnacious startup from a small Eastern European country. Read more here.

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.

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.

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.