Aisha Pandor is an African tech powerhouse and one of few black female tech startup CEOs both here and internationally. She spoke to the Heavy Chef community about her experience building a successful platform business, as well as about how platform businesses have democratised tools and services, providing a powerful way to amplify your business.
We were lucky enough to have SweepSouth’s Aisha Pandor, Yoco’s Katlego Maphai and Wesley Lynch from Snapplify on the Heavy Chef stage for an Inspire Session dubbed ‘The Platforms’, where we unpacked the challenges and opportunities that each of these entrepreneurs have faced on their journey, while looking at the lessons that we can all apply to our own entrepreneurial ventures.
SweepSouth’s Aisha Pandor is an African powerhouse. One of few black female tech startup CEOs both in South Africa and internationally, she has the distinction of being the only African woman in the world to co-found and run a platform. Pandor has led SweepSouth, an online end-to-end platform for booking, managing and paying for home cleaning services, into one of the fastest-growing startups in the country.
Rain Mobile CMO Khaya Dlanga joins three of the country’s most successful tech entrepreneurs are coming to the Heavy Chef stage as part of the ‘Inspire’ Series, a Heavy Chef collaboration with Discovery Business Insure. Aisha Pandor, Katlego Maphai and Wesley Lynch will speak at The Platforms event on 31 October at Workhop17 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. They will be joined by Khaya Dlanga, who will chair the panel discussion that evening.
Following the investment from Naspers Labs announced on Heavy Chef earlier this year, startup news publication Ventureburn broke the news yesterday that Cape Town-based on-demand domestic cleaning service SweepSouth raised more than R50-million in its latest funding round. Sweepsouth CEO Aisha Pandor is a speaker at the Heavy Chef event on 31st October in Cape Town, alongside Katlego Maphai of Yoco and Wesley Lynch of Snapplify.
SA’s challenges are a breeding ground for innovative opportunities, says SweepSouth CEO, Aisha Pandor. Hear about the SweepSouth growth from an idea created by need to a start-up sensation that is the first on the continent to bring technology to home-cleaning services. Aisha talks to Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed about changing careers, the challenges and the satisfaction of owning your own business, and her vision to address societal needs while running a thriving business.
SweepSouth revealed that it is the recipient of a R30-million investment by Naspers. In October last year, Naspers announced that it had created a $100m fund aiming at investing, via its venture capital fund Naspers Foundry, in local South African startups. SweepSouth is the first significant deal within the fund to be concluded. SweepSouth, founded in 2014 by Aisha Pandor and husband Alen Ribic is an online cleaning services platform that connects clients with domestic cleaners.