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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.

Reserve your seats now.

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