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The Inspire Sessions: The Media Mavens (JHB) - Gareth Cliff, Richard Poplak, Elizabeth Lee Ming
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

The Inspire Sessions: The Media Mavens (JHB) - Gareth Cliff, Richard Poplak, Elizabeth Lee Ming

R175. Johannesburg. Gareth Cliff, Richard Poplak, Elizabeth Lee Ming. Before 2000, media was seen as straightforward. There were four channels, print, radio, TV and outdoor. In order to communicate to an audience, you had to craft your message, then syndicate it by buying space on those channels. Now, in the digital age, the media landscape has become a vast, convoluted minefield. We've asked three of the most eloquent practitioners in that terrain to articulate their own significant experience digging the trenches and laying groundwork. This is one of the most anticipated media and marketing events of the year.

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The Inspire Sessions: The Influencers (CPT) - Craig Rodney, Mo Flava, Pearl Shongwe, Gill Strawberry
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

The Inspire Sessions: The Influencers (CPT) - Craig Rodney, Mo Flava, Pearl Shongwe, Gill Strawberry

R175. Cape Town. Craig Rodney. Mo Flava. Pearl Shongwe, Gill Strawberry. This session, we're talking about influence - how to attain it, how to wield it and how to grow your business through using influencer marketing. In the age of social media, influence is no longer the domain of media powerhouses or politicians. Businesses themselves can shape audiences directly, and we’re going to investigate how with four of South Africa’s most authoritative practitioners: Craig Rodney, Mo Flava, Pearl Shongwe and Gill Strawberry are four mavens of social media magic that will shape the way you think about influence and conveying your message to the masses.

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(SOLD OUT) The Inspire Sessions: The Educators (CPT) - Thabo Mbeki, Sam Paddock, Rapelang Rabana
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

(SOLD OUT) The Inspire Sessions: The Educators (CPT) - Thabo Mbeki, Sam Paddock, Rapelang Rabana

SOLD OUT. Cape Town. President Thabo Mbeki. Sam Paddock. Rapelang Rabana. After a successful and dramatic education-focused event in September 2018, we are excited to announce the follow-up event one year later. On 5th September, we will once again discuss how the 4th Industrial Revolution is impacting learning and how Africa must evolve in order to meet the challenge and thrive. This year, this esteemed panel will be joined by Rapelang Rabana, one of SA’s most respected voices on education.

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The Inspire Sessions: The Champions (CPT) - Roxy Davis, Hanli Prinsloo, Sizakele Marutlulle
Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

The Inspire Sessions: The Champions (CPT) - Roxy Davis, Hanli Prinsloo, Sizakele Marutlulle

R175. Cape Town. Roxy Davis. Hanli Prinsloo. Sizakele Marutlulle. Heavy Chef is hosting a panel of extraordinary women on the Heavy Chef stage as part of our ‘Inspire’ series of events. Together with Discovery and Workshop17, our latest Inspire session features Roxy Davis: nine-times South African Surfing Champion, professional Surf Coach, business owner, mother and founder of the Roxy Davis Foundation; Hanli Prinsloo: Competitive Freediver and holder of 11 national freediving records; and Sizakele Marutlulle: CEO and Founder of Marutlulle & Co, award-winning business pioneer.

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The Inspire Sessions: The Entrepreneurs (SOLD OUT)
Aug
6
6:00 PM18:00

The Inspire Sessions: The Entrepreneurs (SOLD OUT)

SOLD OUT Johannesburg, Sandton, 1 Discovery Place. Adrian Gore. Barry Swartzberg. Discovery Business Insurance and Heavy Chef have teamed up to create 'Inspire'. This new series of events connects the Heavy Chef audience with the greatest technologists, leaders and creatives in the business world. Our first two speakers are Adrian Gore and Barry Swartzberg, two iconic South African entrepreneurs who have built a business from the ground up, which today ranks in the top tier of international insurers.

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Heavy Chef Raw: The Business Of Being Creative
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Heavy Chef Raw: The Business Of Being Creative

R145. Khayelitsha. Heavy Chef is collaborating with Bandwidth Barn Khayelitsha, Ghetto Sessions and Bridges For Music to bring you a new concept in the Heavy Chef story: "Heavy Chef Raw" events. These events combine learning experiences with inspirational live performances with some of the most inspiring individuals in South Africa. Our first Raw event features Trenton & Free Radical, YoungstaCPT, Danilo Acquisto, DJ Fosta and Zolani Mahola.

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Crowdfunding: Using Social Media To Raise Money For Your Startup  - SOLD OUT
Aug
1
6:00 PM18:00

Crowdfunding: Using Social Media To Raise Money For Your Startup - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT. Cape Town. Heavy Chef has collaborated with Workshop17 to bring you the latest in our inspiring evening events. On the 1st August, we have a stellar lineup of speakers, including Herman Singh, CEO of Future Advisory; Verity Price, the brains behind the first large-scale crowdfunded music project in South Africa; and Shona Macdonald, the passionate CEO behind Thursdays and the energy behind SA's next big crowdfunding campaign, launching in August.

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Revolution: Building Businesses, People & Products In 4IR
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Revolution: Building Businesses, People & Products In 4IR

SOLD OUT. Johannesburg. Heavy Chef Foundation (NPO) and Nedgroup Investments announce a brand new event featuring two extraordinary individuals: Niket Desai and Valter Adão, speaking about what the new environment looks like, what to expect in the future, and how to scale businesses, teams and products in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Profits from this event will go towards providing access to learning for South African emerging entrepreneurs.

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Ian Russell: The Other End Of The Telescope (Sold Out)
May
28
6:00 PM18:00

Ian Russell: The Other End Of The Telescope (Sold Out)

R175. Johannesburg. Ian Russell. Coinciding with the launch of Ian Russell's book "The Other End Of The Telescope" Heavy Chef is proud to present two action packed events (Cape Town 23rd May 2019 and Johannesburg 28th May 2019) that will cast an in-depth lens on the absurdities, the idiosyncracies, the loneliness, the silliness and the downright backwardness of doing business in big business today. The Johannesburg lineup includes Ian Russell, Happy Ntshingila and Rapelang Rabana. Ticket price includes a free copy of the book.

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Ian Russell: The Other End Of The Telescope
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Ian Russell: The Other End Of The Telescope

R175. Cape Town. Ian Russell. Coinciding with the launch of Ian Russell's book "The Other End Of The Telescope" Heavy Chef is proud to present two action packed events (Cape Town 23rd May 2019 and Johannesburg 28th May 2019) that will cast an in-depth lens on the absurdities, the idiosyncracies, the loneliness, the silliness and the downright backwardness of doing business in big business today. Cape Town hosts Ian Russell, Happy Ntshingila, Valter Adao and Rich Mulholland. Ticket price includes a free copy of the book.

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Student Startups: The Future Of Entrepreneurship In South Africa (CPT)
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Student Startups: The Future Of Entrepreneurship In South Africa (CPT)

R175. Cape Town. Student Startups. On April 24th, we're doing something really special. We're lifting the lid on the future, taking a peak under the bonnet of the entrepreneur ecosystem and casting a lens on the scrappy, super-smart students that are changing the world. We've chosen four startups that began in the hallowed halls of some of the top business schools in South Africa and asked their founders to step on the Heavy Chef stage to share their vision for our future.

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Student Startups: The Future Of Entrepreneurship In South Africa (JHB)
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Student Startups: The Future Of Entrepreneurship In South Africa (JHB)

  • University of Witwatersrand, 1st Floor Senate Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

R175. Johannesburg. Student Startups. On April 24th, we're doing something really special. We're lifting the lid on the future, taking a peak under the bonnet of the entrepreneur ecosystem and casting a lens on the scrappy, super-smart students that are changing the world. We've chosen four startups that began in the hallowed halls of some of the top business schools in South Africa and asked their founders to step on the Heavy Chef stage to share their vision for our future.

POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER

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Jos Dirkx, Fred Roed: Purpose Across Borders
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Jos Dirkx, Fred Roed: Purpose Across Borders

R175. Cape Town. Jos Dirkx, Fred Roed. Our first evening event in April tackles a topic that is on many South African's minds: doing business internationally. The stunning Bishops Mitre Theatre in Rondebosch, Cape Town, hosts global speaker Jos Dirkx, an award-winning communications strategist, entrepreneur, author and founder of the Girls And Football Organisation. Joining Jos on stage is Heavy Chef founder, Fred Roed, founder of digital agency WWC, which he sold in 2013 to Saratoga Group. WWC operated across 17 countries in Africa, and won multiple awards and widespread recognition for its pioneering digital work. Roed is an Amazon best-selling author and winner of "Best Contribution To The Digital Industry" in 2015. This event will focus on the power of purpose in creating a globally relevant company. Anyone wanting to start a country that transcends borders should not miss this.

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Professor Tim Noakes: Work. Life. Nutrition.
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Professor Tim Noakes: Work. Life. Nutrition.

R175. Cape Town. Professor Tim Noakes. Our March finale in Cape Town features one of South Africa's most famous individuals, scientist, academic, iconoclast and best-selling author, Professor Tim Noakes. On the back of the world-renowned 'tweet-trial', Noakes has silenced many of his critics on the back of an ever-growing body of research supporting his conversion from HCLF to LCHF nutrition framework. In this landmark Heavy Chef event, Noakes will present his story and talk to the prevalent threat that decades of misleading nutritional guidelines has wrought upon society.

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Noha Bashir, Junaid Sabera, Meggan Kristiansen: Facebook For Business
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

Noha Bashir, Junaid Sabera, Meggan Kristiansen: Facebook For Business

R175. Cape Town. Noha Bashir, Junaid Saber. Meggan Kristiansen. Heavy Chef is particularly privileged to host a senior member of Facebook's team on Tuesday. Answering the call from our Heavy Chef audience for more practical learning, Noha Bashir, Junaid Sabera and Meggan Kristiansen are going to lift the lid on some of the most important developments in the Facebook advertising platform. Facebook has over 2 billion profiles, and we've asked three of the most experienced and relevant practitioners of the Facebook advertising craft to tell us how to unlock that potential. Facebook has just come off one of its most profitable quarters ever, with a 30% jump in revenues. This speaks to the growing efficiency and impact of its immense targeting potential. This event is not to be missed.

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Noha Bashir, Yashoda Ram, Marnus van Heerden: Facebook For Business
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

Noha Bashir, Yashoda Ram, Marnus van Heerden: Facebook For Business

R175. Johannesburg. Noha Bashir, Yashoda Ram, Marnus van Heerden. In the past decade, the smartphone has changed the world as radically as any technology in history. The world is now mobile and business is becoming borderless. A Facebook page gives your business a ready-made mobile strategy. With engaging content, including eye-catching video, and the use of messaging for personalised customer service, your business can build a compelling mobile presence. International speaker, Noha Bashir will reveal how easy it has become to reach customers down the street or on the other side of the world. Join us to discover how Facebook can help your small business become large and your local business go global. Joining Noha on stage is Yashoda Ram and Marnus van Heerden from the incendiary young insureTech business Pineapple, talking about how they used Facebook to achieve the seemingly impossible for a startup.

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Alessandro Colafranceschi, Tim Willis: The AgriTech Revolution
Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

Alessandro Colafranceschi, Tim Willis: The AgriTech Revolution

R175. Paarl. Alessandro Colafranceschi, Tim Willis. From Aerobotics, nominated in 2018 as one of the Top 5 Most Exciting Startups In SA, Tim Willis will kick things off with his view on how Aerobotics is using drone technology to shape the way farmers across the world look at data. Then, Alessandro Colafranceschi, cofounder of Tillo App, will reveal how a simple mobile application is giving control of information back to farmers.

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Dion Chang, Bronwyn Williams, Ian Russell: Future Fit 2019 (SOLD OUT)
Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

Dion Chang, Bronwyn Williams, Ian Russell: Future Fit 2019 (SOLD OUT)

R175. Johannesburg. Dion Chang. Bronwyn Williams. Ian Russell. We’re kicking off the year with a killer lineup of futurists, disrupters and trends forecasters. Bronwyn Williams and Dion Chang 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.

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SA's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups 2018
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

SA's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups 2018

R145. Cape Town. DJ Mo Flava. Siya Mbaba Wilson. Caley Africa. 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.

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Katlego Maphai: The Story Of An African Fintech Company
Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

Katlego Maphai: The Story Of An African Fintech Company

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.

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Ryan Stramrood, Conn Bertish: Grit
Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Ryan Stramrood, Conn Bertish: Grit

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.

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Luvuyo Rani, Lukhanyo Neer, Marlon Parker: Educating Africa
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Luvuyo Rani, Lukhanyo Neer, Marlon Parker: Educating Africa

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.

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Arthur Goldstuck, Brad Elliott, Andrew Smith: State Of The Online Retail Nation
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Arthur Goldstuck, Brad Elliott, Andrew Smith: State Of The Online Retail Nation

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.

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Arthur Goldstuck, Brad Elliott, Ailly Khan Pretorius: State Of The Online Retail Nation
Oct
31
6:00 PM18:00

Arthur Goldstuck, Brad Elliott, Ailly Khan Pretorius: State Of The Online Retail Nation

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.

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Pierre du Plessis, Jacques Oberholzer: Designing The Ultimate Online Application
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Pierre du Plessis, Jacques Oberholzer: Designing The Ultimate Online Application

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.

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S'onqoba Maseko, Sam Paddock, Thabo Mbeki: Educating Africa
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

S'onqoba Maseko, Sam Paddock, Thabo Mbeki: Educating Africa

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.

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Masechaba Ndlovu: Building A Powerful Personal Brand
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Masechaba Ndlovu: Building A Powerful Personal Brand

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.

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Heavy Chef 28 August (CPT): SEXtech, With Heidi Patmore & Dr Eve
Aug
28
6:00 PM18:00

Heavy Chef 28 August (CPT): SEXtech, With Heidi Patmore & Dr Eve

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. 

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Heavy Chef 14 August (CPT): Techpreneurship, With Annette Muller & Mark Forrester
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Heavy Chef 14 August (CPT): Techpreneurship, With Annette Muller & Mark Forrester

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.

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