It’s a well-known but sad fact that most local businesses fail within two years of operating. For most South African startups, the difference between the success and failure of their business strategy is access to funding channels. Businesses simply cannot implement ideas, market or scale up without the required capital.
Verity Price is a multi-talented creative extraordinaire. In what seems like a previous lifetime, Verity was the first singer-songwriter in South Africa to conduct a crowdfunding campaign - way back in 2007 - to generate income for her upcoming album, and circumvent the big record labels. Verity's story is riveting, and the lessons she gleaned from the experience are timeless.
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.
Graeme Wilson, founder of award-winning legal firm Whipping The Cat sees law differently. At the start of his career he was pacing the hallways of large corporates, working for multi-national firms. In Part 1 he spoke about 'New Law' and how the legal profession is changing. In Part 2, Graeme talks about the bare bones basics of what entrepreneurs need to know in starting and growing their businesses. This is a must watch video for anyone who's embarking on an entrepreneurial journey.
Heavy Chef, in partnership with Discovery Insure, is launching a series of events pitched at enriching the ecosystem of activities and learning experiences for South African entrepreneurs, deepening intellectual support to this critically important community. Discovery co-founders Adrian Gore and Barry Swartzberg will share their experiences of starting a business, the associated trials and tribulations, and their personal views on what it takes to succeed.
The story of Ukhamba is rich with history and tradition in the African Culture. Head brewer and co-founder of Ukhamba Beerworx, Lethu Tshabangu talks with Siyabonga Wilson Mbaba about what it takes to start a successful brewing company in South Africa. The story of Lethu’s successes and Ukhamba Beerworx is motivation for anyone to turn their passion into a business.
As an entrepreneur, you’re always looking for opportunities to grow your business. While there are countless ways to do this, one particularly creative option is through charitable collaborations. Working with a non-profit or a charity is a growth opportunity that entrepreneurs need to embrace in 2019. Read on to discover why, with some useful tips to get you started as well.
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.
There is a problem with education in South Africa (and in 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.
Professor Don Weiss is the Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Columbia University Business School, one of the most prestigious business schools in the world. Each year in May, Weiss takes a team of hungry New York business students to Cape Town to work with local social entrepreneur startups and get involved in the local ecosystem. In this video, Professor Don speaks to Heavy Chef anchor Caley Africa about his thoughts on Cape Town, on raising money and what the South African ecosystem needs in order to thrive.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.