Yoco is one of the fastest growing companies on the African continent. Recently, the company announced that it had received $16m in a fundraising round, which it quickly followed with another announcement: Yoco was launching Yoco Capital. Now, the enigmatic founder Katlego Maphai, will tell the story of how a humble group of four African friends started and scaled a truly inspiring African finch company.
Hundreds of nominations are in. There can only be five finalists. Last year’s winners were SweepSouth, Wala, Zoona, JUMO and Yoco. The leaders and co-founders all shared last year’s stage at the penultimate event of 2017 to tell us how they’re changing the world. This year promises to be bigger and better. Book your seats to a celebration of startup success as we shine a light on a year of hard slog and monumental achievement from South Africa’s finest young businesses.
We’re kicking off the year with a killer lineup of futurists, disrupters and trends forecasters. Bronwyn Williams and Dion Channg from Flux Trends are the most highly regarded commentators on futurism in South Africa. They will be joined by Ian Russell for a firecracker opening event in 2019. This event will be fun, insightful and critical to get moving with a clear lens on what’s around the corner over the next 12 months.
R145. Cape Town. Ryan Stramrood. Conn Bertish. We have invited two individuals who exemplify the very essence of the word “Grit” - Ryan Stramrood and Conn Bertish. Ryan Stramrood is a globally-renowned ice swimmer that has braved the world's most challenging waters. Conn Bertish is a cancer survivor with a story that has gripped the world’s attention. Ryan and Conn are going to stand on the Heavy Chef stage in November and share their stories - inspiring the rest of us that we can push past impossible and, using grit and creative thinking, that all of us can build extraordinarily hard-to-kill organisations.
R145, Cape Town. Luvuyo Rani, Lukhanyo Neer, Marlon Parker. After a triumphant event in Johannesburg with Sam Paddock, S'onqoba Maseko and Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, Heavy Chef now brings the incendiary topic of education to Cape Town. Together on stage for the first time, these three pioneers will unpack what it will take to educate the fastest growing population on the planet. This is one of the most important events of the year.
R145, Cape Town. Arthur Goldstuck, Brad Elliott, Andrew Smith. Heavy Chef, in collaboration with World Wide Worx, Visa and Platinum Seed, will host Arthur Goldstuck, Brad Elliott and Andrew Smith. Arthur and Brad will present the results of a groundbreaking survey that Visa commissioned earlier this year. Andrew Smith, CEO of Yuppiechef, will present his experience evolving from pure e-commerce to bricks and mortar. This promises to be one of the most fascinating events of the year.
R145, Johannesburg. Arthur Goldstuck, Brad Elliott, Ailyssa Khan Pretorius. Heavy Chef, in collaboration with World Wide Worx, Visa and Platinum Seed, will host Arthur Goldstuck, Brad Elliott and Ailyssa Khan Pretorius. Arthur and Brad will present the results of a groundbreaking survey that Visa commissioned earlier this year. Ailyssa will present her experience as GM of Uber Eats, detailing how mobility is changing behaviour in consumers across all demographics. This promises to be one of the most fascinating events of the year.
R145. Cape Town. Pierre du Plessis. Jacques Oberholzer. Human Writ.es and Heavy Chef proudly bring this new event to Cape Town, focusing on creating the ultimate mobile application. In a heady, creative digital age, millions of apps are being introduced every year and only a handful of them succeed. Despite these odds, there are some tried and tested mechanisms that ensure a much higher chance of success. We have invited Jacques Oberholzer, co-founder of international UI / UX design agency Now Boarding, and Pierre du Plessis, CEO of HumanWrit.es to unpack this vital topic.
R145. Johannesburg. S’onqoba Maseko. Sam Paddock. Thabo Mbeki. Heavy Chef hosts S’onqoba Maseko, Sam Paddock and former South African President Thabo Mbeki. We will discuss education in Africa, how the 4th Industrial Revolution is impacting education and how Africa must evolve in order to meet the challenge and thrive.
R145. Khayelitsha. Masechaba Ndlovu Masechaba Ndlovu is one of South Africa's most thought provoking personalities. In this seminal event, Masechaba comes to the heart of Khayelitsha, to address a passionate entrepreneur community at the iconic Bandwidth Barn venue at Lookout Hill.
R145. Cape Town. Heidi Patmore. Marlene Wasserman. After the Johannesburg session with Heidi Patmore, the Heavy Chef stage moves to Cape Town with Heidi being joined by Marlene Wasserman, founder of the Dr Eve brand, to take a stab at an incendiary topic: SEXtech, and how it is impacting our lives irrevocably.
R145. Johannesburg. Heidi Patmore. For the past three decades, sex has been a significant driving force behind technology. Now, Heavy Chef has invited Heidi Patmore, the Founder of Stellaris Group, to take a stab at an incendiary topic: SEXtech, and how it is impacting our lives irrevocably.
R145. Cape Town. Mark Forrester, Annette Muller. We have invited two of South Africa’s most dynamic tech entrepreneurs, Mark Forrester and Annette Muller to speak on the Heavy Chef stage in August, in Cape Town. Mark is the founder of WooThemes and WooCommerce, which has been downloaded over 47 million times and powers almost a third of all the world’s e-commerce stores. Annette Muller is a sought-after international speaker, founder of Flexyforce, an innovative new startup in the Future of Work sector, and has been recognised by Forbes International as one of the ‘top 10 female tech founders to watch In Africa’. This event unpacks what it takes to be a tech entrepreneur in the 21st Century.
R145. Khayelitsha. Shaun Tomson. Shaun Tomson has been listed as one of the 25 most influential surfers of the century and as one of the 10 greatest surfers of all time. During his career he was both the youngest and oldest surfer to win a pro event and is considered to be one of the architects of professional surfing. Additionally to his surfing career, Shaun founded, managed and sold two multi-million market-leading clothing brands – Instinct in the 1980s and Solitude in the 1990s.
R145 (includes signed book). Johannesburg. Nic Haralambous. Maps Maponyane. We continue the conversation in Johannesburg, talking about the topic of Failure, and why it’s such a pariah subject - despite failure being so prevalent in South African business. Join Nic Haralambous, author of the brilliant new book Do. Learn. Fail. Repeat. and celebrity entrepreneur Maps Maponyane for a candid discussion on what business is really about.
R145 (includes signed book). Cape Town. Nic Haralambous. Bruce Whitfield. We’re going to tackle the most important conversation in South Africa. 90% of businesses fail, so why is it such a pariah topic to talk about? Join Nic Haralambous, author of the brilliant new book Do. Learn. Fail. Repeat. and SA’s number one business show host, Bruce Whitfield, for a candid discussion on what business is really about. NOTE: This event includes a free book.
R145. Johannesburg. Fred Roed. In an exclusive Johannesburg event, Heavy Chef is launching a book entitled The Heavy Chef Guide To Starting A Business In South Africa. The book is written by Heavy Chef CEO and Founder, serial entrepreneur Fred Roed. It is around 190 pages of great startup tips and packed full of lessons gleaned from Roed starting and exiting a successful business. Every ticket bought results in a seat and a signed book. Roed will be available to sign personalised, probably grossly inappropriate messages in the books.