In order to build a business, you need to sell something. In order to sell something, you need customers. In order to ensure your customers keep coming back, you need those customers to feel like they're part of a community. What is this thing called 'community'? To answer this question, Heavy Chef is hosting three of the most consummate community builders in South Africa on the Heavy Chef stage on the 3rd December, in Cape Town.
The Cape Town Startup Week initial schedule is live on the CTSUW website today. For the second year running, the Cape Town ecosystem, led by Wesgro, Western Cape Department of Economic Opportunities, Silicon Cape, Workshop17, StartupGrind, Heavy Chef, V&A Waterfront and Future Females are hosting a week of celebrating our startup ecosystem in South Africa. Between the 3rd and 5th of December, at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the startup world is coming together to shine a light on the people who are making the world a better place.
It’s that time of the year again, where we celebrate the best of South Africa’s startups. Each year, Heavy Chef casts the net out for nominations on who we believe to be the most exciting young businesses in the country. Across all sectors, whether it’s finance, education, bio/med, agriculture, e-commerce, AI, machine-learning, VR, product, logistics or software, we’re looking for your thoughts on who you think is going to change the world.
ReimagineSA, in a partnership with the Club of Rome, hosted the inaugural Our Joint Future: Lessons from Africa summit earlier this month. Executive Director of the Club of Rome Alexander Stefes and ReimagineSA’s Executive Director Luvuyo Madasa unpack why it’s important to stimulate intergenerational discussions about critical issues, such as climate emergency, allowing younger voices the opportunity to make themselves heard as they will be the implementers of the sustainable change required.
There’s never been a more exciting time to be in finance. Accenture research suggests the finance function is on the verge of a radical transformation, with virtually every job in finance ready to be redefined in the next five years. Guest contributor Stephen De Blanche unpacks the five seismic shifts facing finance In 2020.
For all the growth we’re seeing in the African FinTech market, it’s a stark reality that most of these companies will not survive past the first few years. The story of the plucky start-up going up against red tape and backward-thinking bureaucrats is a pretty compelling one, especially if you’re the plucky start-up. There’s a happy ending to this story, but we won’t get to it by casting regulation as the bad guy. Heavy Chef contributor and TransUnion Africa CEO Lee Naik explores.
What are the common misconceptions about starting and running a business and how do they impact budding entrepreneurs? How many people even realise that that is a viable option for them? Mwabi Motaung debunks five myths about running a business in South Africa today that every young business mind needs to know.
To do good work, and create good work is something that we all want to do. We want to be told that we have done something good, created something that people like and want and truly built a good business. Heavy Chef contributor and an overall well of information Pierre du Plessis explores what makes work ‘good’ in design and art.
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.
Despite InnoVent’s rapid growth, you’ve probably never heard of it and you’ve probably never considered tech asset rentals either. Today, the ‘Avis of IT equipment’ has annual revenues north of R150 million and has shown 25% annual growth over the last five years. We spoke to Zakhe Khuzwayo, co-founder of one of South Africa’s most impressive businesses, about scaling at a time when the SA business sector is struggling.
In an article for Heavy Chef, country manager for Bolt in South Africa Gareth Taylor shared some of his thoughts on how ride-hailing services can put the power of the fourth industrial revolution directly in the hands of the people that need it most, as well as his thoughts on the potential in the mobility environment. We reached out to Gareth for a short Q&A to answer some of our most pressing questions on the subject.
Three generations of leadership, Albie Sachs, Lwando Xaso and Robbie Brozin, took to the Inspire Sessions stage at the historic Constitution Hill in Johannesburg to discuss what leadership in business should look like within the South African context, how business can impact positive change in this country, and what each of us can do within our own organisations to guide this change.
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.
We were kindly invited to attend this year’s SingularityU South Africa Summit in Johannesburg earlier this month. Justin Norman, our resident adventurer and host of the recently launched podcast The Flip, was more than amped to take up the challenge of mingling with the who’s whos of the local and international tech scene while catching up on some of the latest developments and trends in the business.
There’s been much in the media about the fourth industrial revolution and how it is going to eradicate millions of jobs in the future. Gareth Taylor, South African Country Manager of ride-hailing company Bolt, argues that 4IR really has the potential to change South Africa’s economy for the better by harnessing converging technologies to create an inclusive, human-centred future. Ride-hailing, or mobility as a service, is one such example, giving drivers the ability to positively impact their families, organisations and communities.
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.
South African online payment gateway, PayFast, has launched Split Payments, a South African-first that instantly splits a portion of an online payment with a third party. Speaking with Heavy Chef yesterday, Payfast MD and founder Jonathan Smit said: “Like Heavy Chef, PayFast is passionate about entrepreneurship. We're excited to support the thousands of merchants using our system as well as enabling new clients to start using PayFast and Split Payments to create the ‘next big thing’”.
Pan-African edtech company Snapplify have announced that they, together with UNISA Enterprise, will be the joint ebook provider for the University of South Africa (UNISA). Nearly 400 000 UNISA students will have instant access to hundreds of thousands of ebooks and e-textbooks on mobile, tablet, or desktop devices as a result of the partnership.