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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.