The adoption of cryptocurrencies in developing countries has been well documented and the anomaly is often flagged that people who have less appear to take greater financial risks. Initial findings from South African startup Luno’s ‘Future of Money’ survey, which took the views of more than 7000 respondents across Europe, Africa and South-East Asia helps explain this phenomenon. As large global tech firms start to move into blockchain and altcoins, the research shows why early adopters, the most important audience for these firms, will probably come from emerging markets.
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. Sweepsouth’s charismatic CEO Aisha Pandor has featured regularly on the Heavy Chef platform.
Niket Desai is a poster child for the international entrepreneur spirit. At just 30 years old, he has already lived the life that only the new generation of business superstars can. Niket sold his startup Punch’d to Google, the worked at FlipKart, as Chief of Staff and Product, where he presided over one of the fastest growing companies in India’s history. Now, Desai will appear on stage at Heavy Chef, with Valter Adão, Head of Deloitte Digital, in Sandton on the 11th July. Thanks to a collaboration between Heavy Chef Foundation and Nedgroup Investments, a limited number of public tickets for the event and a morning masterclass the following day are available on the Heavy Chef website.
South Africa’s economy depends on small businesses and in order to understand how they’re getting on and what they need to continue thriving, we have to ask them the right questions. By talking to 400 small business owners and 200 accountants, we get a better idea of what they’re struggling with, and what their plans are. This year’s report focuses on two main and current themes for small businesses: instability and uncertainty, though not without a bit of optimism.
There is a problem with education in South Africa (and 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.
Alexandria Procter's energy is infectious. While studying biology, Alexandria had the idea to connect students to student digs in a safe, user-friendly way. Her lecturer persuaded her to drop out of university to pursue her dream to build her innovative venture. Together with her co-founders, Alex has grown DigsConnect into one of South Africa's most exciting startups.
African student entrepreneur Xabiso Lombo is creating a vital resource for young people trying to make a better life in Africa. The problem she's trying to solve? Safety. In this energetic talk, Xabiso relates how she came from a dusty town in the Eastern Cape to creating a tech company that will enable young folks in South Africa to carry on with their lives without the pervasive feeling of helplessness in the face of crime while studying.
Mvelo Hlophe has a presidential air about him. Strong, confident and enigmatic on stage, Mvelo is the CEO of the exciting new student startup Zaio. Mvelo related to a riveted Heavy Chef audience on Thursday 2 May, 2019 at Workshop17 in Cape Town. Mvelo gave some insights as to why Zaio is such an important idea, and some glimpses of how hard it is to run a business behind the scenes - particularly when you're a student at the same time.
Tamir is a plucky young entrepreneur from the University of Cape Town. He's still a student, yet Tamir saw a significant gap in the crazy annual melee that occurs when books are exchanged between students. Instead of post-it notes, Tamir decided to create a platform. In this succinct, highly charged presentation at Heavy Chef, Tamir discloses how he is changing the world and his vision for one of the most exciting young startup ventures in South Africa.
The future looks bright for young women who aspire to leave their mark in the world of science and technology. Something is happening in the technology industry right now –the diversity pendulum is finally starting to swing. A Non-Profit Organisation called Inspiring Fifty celebrates 50 most inspiring South African women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) annually.
Recent research shows that one of the key traits of successful leaders is optimism. In fact, optimistic leaders drive dramatic workplace results. But when it comes to digital transformation fear can impact your ability to lead with courage and optimism. So how do we develop optimism in the uncertainty of today’s world? Click to read what Mike Perk, Future Fit expert has to say.
Building a business is one of the best ways to achieve financial freedom, fulfillment, and positive impact in the world simultaneously. While the early stages of trying to build your business can be overwhelming, there are some strategies to keep you motivated, determined, and on track. We glean wisdom from entrepreneurs such as Carol Boyes and Yuppiechef CEO Andrew Smith around building your business plan.
South African-based Bitcoin company, Centbee, announced today that it has closed its Series A round with entrepreneur Calvin Ayre, founder of Antigua-based investment firm, Ayre Ventures and CoinGeek. Ayre, who has invested £1 million (R18.3 million), announced that, “Centbee has a track record of making Bitcoin easily usable and accessible to everyone including merchants and consumers.” Centbee is a Bitcoin wallet provider that makes it easy for consumers to acquire, store and spend Bitcoin with retailers and other merchants.
Student entrepreneurship has long been a thing even before Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to start Facebook. In May, we’ve invited four of the hottest startup founders in South Africa to speak on the Heavy Chef stage and regale us with the opportunities and challenges of being a student entrepreneur. We’re joined by Don Weiss, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Columbia University, to round off a stellar evening. These four students are innovative and hungry to drive their business ideas for the continent to benefit.
Don Packett is the CEO of one of the world’s best known presentation companies, Missing Link. He is also a strategist, MC, raconteur and comedian. Speaking to Heavy Chef anchor, Ondela Mlandu, Don explains the golden formula of presenting, what makes his company different, and why entrepreneurs simply have to learn the silky skills of presenting.
We’re an eccentric and wonderful bunch at Heavy Chef. Our new Content Manager, Ondela Mlandu, is no exception to the rule (although the jury is out as to whether she’s as eccentric as I am). Ondela used to work in the magazine trade and brings a rich heritage of writing and content creation to the Heavy Chef team. In order to get to know Ondela, we asked a few questions to get to know her better.