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Heavy Chef Event: South Africa's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups Awards

Event:  South Africa's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups

It's time to celebrate our heroes. Every year, the South African entrepreneur ecosystem recognises the amazing businesses that are driving the economy forward. Heavy Chef hosts a gala event on 1st December 2022 at Workshop17 Watershed to honour the winners.


The startups are evaluated based on three main criteria are: innovation, scalability and IP.

Each year, Top 5 Startups appoints eight highly-qualified persons to evaluate the nominations.

This year's judges:

  • Robyn Smith, Faithful to Nature
  • Nokukhanya Mncwabe, Matawi
  • Rob Paddock, Valenture Institute
  • Colleen Harrison, PayFast
  • Carla Thiele, Xero
  • Mark Peddle, xneelo
  • Zinhle Novazi, Heavy Chef
  • Lukhanyo Neer, Heavy Chef

Oct 03: Nominations open.
Nov 17: Final deadline for nominations.
Nov 18: First round of judging starts.
Nov 21: Top 12 shortlist of startups named.
Nov 23: Final round of judging.
Dec 01: SA's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups 2022 named at Workshop17 Watershed venue, Cape Town.

Previous Winners:

  • 2017: Jumo, SweepSouth, Wala, Yoco, Zoona.
  • 2018: Aerobotics, DataProphet, LifeCheq, LifeQ, Thursdays.
  • 2019: 3x4 Genetics, DigsConnect, Lula, Mama Money, MyFanPark.
  • 2020: Bathu, Carry1st, EasyEquities, MatchKit, Yebo Fresh.
  • 2021: FCB. ai. Kusini Water. Livestock Wealth. Valenture Institute. WalkFresh.

 This event was hosted on December 1, 2022 at Workshop17 Watershed, Cape Town.

Watch the event video below: 

The premier startup awards in Southern Africa is brought to you by Heavy Chef, PayFast and Xero, in collaboration with xneelo and Workshop17.