Entrepreneurship

Dear South African Entrepreneurs: It’s Time We Rediscovered Our Optimism

Dear South African Entrepreneurs: It’s Time We Rediscovered Our Optimism

Merchant Capital Founder and CEO Dov Girnun reminds us that we don’t know how good we’ve got it here in South Africa. That it’s time for entrepreneurs to rediscover the unshakeable optimism that’s made us great and not to let our country’s challenges get to us.


Discovery's Anton Ossip On How Insurance and Entrepreneurship Go Together

Discovery's Anton Ossip On How Insurance and Entrepreneurship Go Together

Discovery Insure CEO Anton Ossip recognises the value in supporting SMEs in a developing country. In order to solve the problem of unemployment and poverty, we need to create jobs - plenty of them. Stimulating the entrepreneur sector is probably the most powerful way we can create jobs right now. Ossip chats to Caley Africa about shared value and supporting entrepreneurship.

Sam Paddock: The Future Of Education In South Africa

Sam Paddock: The Future Of Education In South Africa

Sam Paddock is the former CEO and Co-Founder of the digital education company, GetSmarter. Sam and his brother Rob started the company in 2008 and grew it to operate in 167 countries by partnering with world-class universities to offer short online courses for professionals. Sam is also a co-founder of Getwine, Hubble Studios, and investor at Yuppiechef. Sam was on our stage last year alongside former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki speaking about the future of education.

Thabo Mbeki: The Problem With The Education Problem

Thabo Mbeki: The Problem With The Education Problem

There is a problem with education in South Africa (and Africa). That much is patently clear. The problem is that leaders don't know how to tackle the problem - or where even to start tacking the problem. The '4th Industrial Revolution' has rendered much of the landscape unintelligible for the people in charge of education portfolios at leadership level. When faced with the challenge, the trap is to call yet another round of talks - and all that results is more talks. After listening to two stirring talks by Sam Paddock and S'onqoba Maseko, Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, gave a fascinating, cogent and sometimes hilarious speech on the Heavy Chef stage.

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.

Mike Perk: 4 Things You Must Do To Digitally Transform Your Organisation

Mike Perk: 4 Things You Must Do To Digitally Transform Your Organisation

Mike Perk has been the digital industry since the '90s, contributing to 16 pager internet marketing magazines back when Google didn't even exist. Now, Perk is considered one of the top DX (um, that'd be 'digital transformation') consultants working in Africa. He is British though, so, in this critical presentation on digital change management, Perk uses 'The Great Escape' as a backdrop to four singular elements to remember when entering the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

Meet The Real Life Winston Wolfe

Meet The Real Life Winston Wolfe

Heavy Chef CEO, Fred Roed talked to Robin Hook from Flusso Consulting on his new venture in launching a consulting firm, on how staying operationally innovative helps businesses thrive in today's fast-paced climate and about his true passion for solving problems. Meet Robin, a real life Mr Wolf.

How This Entrepreneur Pivoted From Liquor Industry Veteran To Getting People Home Safe At Night

How This Entrepreneur Pivoted From Liquor Industry Veteran To Getting People Home Safe At Night

Heavy Chef CEO, Fred Roed talks to Joffy Senekal, the entrepreneur behind 1 For The Road. Joffy spent over 20 years in the liquor industry working with the world's best-known brands, He then took a decision in 2010 to leave it all behind to start 1 For The Road, a project close to his heart after having spent decades at networking events where alcohol was on tap and available in abundance to everyone in attendance.

Township Art Entrepreneur Reveals How To Find Business Opportunities In The Midst Of The Biggest Challenges

Township Art Entrepreneur Reveals How To Find Business Opportunities In The Midst Of The Biggest Challenges

Heavy Chef spoke to Abongile Salli, an art entrepreneur who aims to uplift the township creative community by identifying latent artistic talent and finding a home for their work in African hotels and restaurants. Abongile Salli is 24yrs old, born and bred in Cape Town and complimented his grade 12 in Thandokhulu High School by graduating from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, majoring in Sport Management. Abongile has faced down significant hardship to get his business off the ground - and he shares the lessons that he has learned along the way. 

Now Boarding Digital's Head Of User-Experience Discloses Why Your Product Should Not Be A 'Side Project'

Now Boarding Digital's Head Of User-Experience Discloses Why Your Product Should Not Be A 'Side Project'

Heavy Chef's CEO Fred Roed spoke to Jacques Oberholzer, co-founder and head of User Experience at Now Boarding Digital. He is currently based in Zurich, Switzerland, where he is involved in digital projects for the European market. Fred asked him about the key to great product design, remote working and how big corporates have come around to understanding the power of great User-Experience (UX). 

The Number One Trait Of Successful Entrepreneurs According To Google Venture’s Joe Kraus

The Number One Trait Of Successful Entrepreneurs According To Google Venture’s Joe Kraus

Heavy Chef is in San Francisco to investigate what makes this iconic disruptive city tick, and bring back some of the learnings to Cape Town. Joe Kraus, in the second talk of the first day of Startup Grind’s packed event, confirmed that we entrepreneurs are not, uh, normal.

The Final List of SA’s Five Most Exciting Startups Revealed

The Final List of SA’s Five Most Exciting Startups Revealed

On Thursday 14th December, entrepreneur community platform ‘Heavy Chef’ and Huawei Mate10 Pro revealed SA’s top 5 most exciting startups as nominated by industry peers. The keynote speaker on the evening was Silicon Valley’s ‘Unicorn Whisperer’ Zach Coelius, who also led a business Masterclass earlier in the day.

Award Winning Business Leader And Author Shares How Performing On Stage Helped To Be A Better Entrepreneur

Award Winning Business Leader And Author Shares How Performing On Stage Helped To Be A Better Entrepreneur

Mike Sharman, founder of marketing communications agency Retroviral, is a seasoned serial entrepreneur. Sharman recently added the moniker 'best selling author' to his resume, after his debut book "The Best Dick" flew to the Top 10 at book outlets across the country. Prior to Sharman's MC gig at Heavy Chef's end of year celebration event, Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed interrogated him on his comedic career and how it helped him to become an award-winning entrepreneur and writer. 

Sam Paddock: Creating A $100m Global EdTech Company From The Southern Tip Of Africa

Sam Paddock: Creating A $100m Global EdTech Company From The Southern Tip Of Africa

One of the most inspiring Heavy Chef talks from an African entrepreneur. On Monday 13th of November, on the Heavy Chef stage in Cape Town, Sam Paddock narrated the story of how he and his brother Rob built Getsmarter from idea to global success. 

Young Lawyers Should Not Fear Technology, Says Graeme Wilson Of Award-Winning Legal Firm Whipping The Cat

Young Lawyers Should Not Fear Technology, Says Graeme Wilson Of Award-Winning Legal Firm Whipping The Cat

The legal profession is changing rapidly, so we reached out to Graeme to find out how one of the oldest, most venerable professions is being disrupted. Graeme’s advice: Young lawyers should forget about the practice of law and focus on the delivery of law. They should not fear technology and AI, they should hone their EQ and collaborate with the machines.

Heavy Chef And Huawei Reveals SA’s Top 5 Most Exciting Startups

Heavy Chef And Huawei Reveals SA’s Top 5 Most Exciting Startups

On 14th December, Heavy Chef and Huawei will reveal South Africa's top 5 most exciting startups. The event is going to have Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur Zach Coelius as a keynote speaker, along with an exciting array of startup founders from South Africa speaking about their world changing products. This is not to be missed!

Magda Wierzycka: My Journey From Polish Refugee To Business Powerhouse In Africa

Magda Wierzycka: My Journey From Polish Refugee To Business Powerhouse In Africa

Magda Wierzycka, the controversial CEO of Sygnia, gave a fascinating insight into her journey from Polish refugee to polarising public figure, at two packed Heavy Chef sessions held in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Magda is reviled by certain parties in government, resented by many of her peers in the financial services industry and loved by harangued South African citizens who feel helpless in the face of growing corporate corruption and greed.