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Heavy Chef is a community-driven organisation for 'people that do.' Heavy Chef creates recipes for entrepreneurs. New recipes every week.

Heavy Chef inspires people to start new projects and empowers them to succeed.

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Heavy Chef Event: The Futurists 2024 - Durban 19/02/2024

Calling all Durban locals. Are you ready to join in on our 'The Futurists' event with Flux Trends - the most informed and exciting way to kick off the year for all entrepreneurs.

This Wednesday 11:30 - 2pm. Grace Family Church, Riverside Campus (63 Anthony Rd, Umgeni Park, Durban North) welcomes Bronwyn Williams, Dion Chang, and Tumelo Mojapelo Live On Stage to share their valuable insights.

Heavy Chef Event: The Futurists 2024 - Durban The annual Heavy Chef and Flux Trends Futurists event.

Photos from Heavy Chef's post 08/02/2024

We're gearing up for round 2 of our annual 'The Futurists' event in collaboration with the incredible Flux Trends, this time in Cape Town at Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika.

Bronwyn Williams, Dion Chang, and Tumelo Mojapelo join us live on stage tonight to share their valuable insights.

Photos from Heavy Chef's post 19/01/2024

It's time for our annual 'The Futurists' event in collaboration with

Bronwyn Williams, Dion Chang, and Tumelo Mojapelo join us live on stage

How To Optimise Your Website For Global Reach — Heavy Chef Foundation 14/12/2023

🌍 Thinking about expanding your small business globally?

Optimizing your website is key to capturing new markets effectively. It involves several key considerations to ensure that your site is accessible, user-friendly, and culturally appropriate for a diverse audience.

In this article, our friends at xneelo share some tips for getting it right:

How To Optimise Your Website For Global Reach — Heavy Chef Foundation Global expansion offers significant opportunities for small businesses, including access to new markets. But entering new markets takes careful planning. One of the most important steps is to optimise your website to attract and keep the attention of your new target market. Optimising your website

Photos from Heavy Chef's post 01/12/2023

Congratulations to Botlhale AI, Everlectric, MySocialLife and Jem for being selected as this years winners of South Africa’s Top 5 Most Exciting Startups!

A special shout out to Ambani Africa, GoBuddy, MBRK, Plentify, Stitch, Mindjoy and Xhuma as being part of our top 12 nominees.

The businesses shortlisted this were outstanding and we couldn’t be more excited for the future of the SA start up industry. We see some unicorns out there.

And of course a huge thank you to the incredible Homecoming Centre for playing host, and our Top 5 partners Xero, xneelo, Turn Left Media and Workshop17 for helping make all this possible. As well as Backsberg Sir-Fruit NowBoarding Sally-Ann Creed Happy Culture Youth Capital. This years event was bigger than ever and we couldn’t have done it without you all.

Digital Advertising Basics For Startups — Heavy Chef Foundation 05/10/2023

Digital advertising provides startups with a cost-effective way to reach a wide audience quickly – perfect for attracting new customers and potential investors.

In this article, our friends at xneelo outline a few basics about using digital ads to promote your startup.

Digital Advertising Basics For Startups — Heavy Chef Foundation Digital advertising provides startups with a cost-effective way to reach a wide audience quickly – perfect for attracting new customers and potential investors. In this article, our friends at xneelo outline a few basics about using digital ads to promote your startup.

Heavy Chef Event: Ai For Startups 03/10/2023

Artificial Intelligence is the hottest subject in tech right now. Is it the 'next big thing' or 'the end of the world'? How can small businesses use AI to systematise and scale their operations?

We've invited two incendiary voices in the world of Web3 to discuss AI and its use cases. Devon Krantz is a world-renowned speaker and entrepreneur, blockchain developer and polymath. Serisha Barrat is a celebrated new voice in the tech ecosystem.

We will lift the lid on a brave new world, and open your eyes to the possibilities ahead.

🗓 Thursday. October 19.
⏰ 6pm-7:30pm.
📍 Workshop17 Watershed, CPT.

Secure your spot:

Heavy Chef Event: Ai For Startups Join us for a fiery debate on AI's potential impact: Is it the 'next big thing' or 'the end of the world'? Experts Devon Krantz and Serisha Barrat discuss AI's applications for small businesses, offering insights on systematizing and scaling operations. Discover a brave new world of possibilities.

28/09/2023

Have you heard about the Xero Beautiful Business Fund?

Our awesome partners at Xero have set out to help their small business customers boost their growth plans and drive future success through the Xero Beautiful Business Fund.

The initiative offers more than NZ$750,000 in funding globally for winning Xero customers who are eager to take the next step in various aspects of their business.

Open to Xero small business customers in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the US, and the UK and will recognise companies who are eager to take the next step in various aspects of their business.

To apply, Xero small business customers will need to submit a 90-second pitch video and complete a brief written form:
https://xerobeautifulbusinessfund.com/

Photos from Pan Macmillan South Africa's post 12/09/2023
Using LinkedIn To Boost Your Business Website — Heavy Chef Foundation 12/09/2023

It's no secret that LinkedIn is one of the most prominent platforms in the world. If you joined our LinkedIn For Startups event, power-users Don Packett and Lee Naik shared their dark secrets about tapping its influence and impact.

However, if you missed it, you may still be asking "are you using LinkedIn to boost your business correctly?"

Well great news, in this article our friends at xneelo outline how to use LinkedIn to draw attention and boost traffic to your business website.

Read it:

Using LinkedIn To Boost Your Business Website — Heavy Chef Foundation As an entrepreneur, building your business’s brand often means leveraging your social media channels to spread the message. LinkedIn is a powerful business channel that can be maximised to boost your brand. Of the 200 million monthly active users on LinkedIn, approximately 11.6 million are South

30/08/2023

Lelemba Phiri, the principal and founder of Africa Trust Group, joined a few of our premium members LIVE ONLINE this evening to share her insights for entrepreneurs to become financially fit and answer their burning questions.

If you missed out, catch up with her recipe to learn how to become financially fit.

https://www.heavychef.com/lelemba-phiri-how-to-become-financially-fit

29/08/2023

Pssst... have you heard?

Our epic partners at Outsourced CFO will be hosting Women In Business 2023, and are offering our members 30% off their tickets.

This event is an opportunity for women to meet and engage with like-minded founders to grow their businesses and make their mark in the business world. You can expect a gathering of diverse current and future women leaders who set strong examples and make a real impact.

“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another.” – Serena Williams

⏰ 16H00
🗓 28 September
📍 Online

Register here: www.foundersevents.co.za
Ticket code: #30%off

24/08/2023

Heavy Chef sat down with some of South Africa’s pre-eminent entrepreneurs to bring you Selling Products Online – a practical 10-step guide that serves you with everything you need to grow your online store in 10 easy-to-digest recipes.

Get yours now! 📚
https://heavychef.org/selling-products-online

In Partnership With Payfast & Pan Macmillan South Africa

23/08/2023

Jessica van der Westhuyzen has been the Digital and Performance Marketing Manager at Some of SA's biggest companies. She was 2020's Bookmarks Best Digital Marketer and is the Brand Council lead for the IAB in South Africa.

In 10 bites Jessica unpacked the building blocks of a successful digital marketing strategy and how it can help grow your business in her recipe. And this morning our members had the opportunity to join Jessica online and ask her their burning questions.

If you missed out, you can catch up on her recipe here:
https://www.heavychef.com/jessica-van-der-westhuyzen-how-to-use-digital-marketing-basics

Heavy Chef Event: LinkedIn For Startups 16/08/2023

LinkedIn has grown to be the biggest business-focused social media platform in the world.

So, the question is: are you using it at its full potential?

Heavy Chef has invited two LinkedIn power-users, renowned comedian and consultant Don Packett and TransUnion CEO Lee Naik to unveil their exclusive insights on lead generation, team building, personal branding, and enhancing your startup's reputation.

Join us on August 24th 2023 at 6pm at Workshop17, Watershed in Cape Town.

Secure your spot now:

Heavy Chef Event: LinkedIn For Startups In August 2023, Heavy Chef will be hosting renowned comedian and consultant Don Packett and TransUnion CEO Lee Naik to share their secrets on how to generate leads, how to build a team, how to grow a startup's reputation using LinkedIn.

07/08/2023

Have you been thinking about creating an app?

Catherine Lückhoff, co-founder and CEO of 20fifty, takes us through the thinking behind and the practical steps involved in building an app in her recipe.

Tuck in to gain expert insights from concept to launch.

Start your journey now:
https://www.heavychef.com/catherine-luckhoff-how-to-build-an-app

04/08/2023

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of "Selling Products Online".

This all-new Business Recipe Book is the brainchild of the Heavy Chef Foundation, Payfast, and the incredible publishers at Pan Macmillan.

In today's digital world, online selling has become essential for businesses to thrive. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting, this book is your ultimate guide to mastering the art of e-commerce.

Pre-orders are open, get yours now! 📚
https://heavychef.org/selling-products-online

04/08/2023
Photos from Heavy Chef's post 04/08/2023

We are thrilled to announce that we have joined forces with Workshop17, and In On Africa to launch the Heavy Chef Research Centre – a hub dedicated to studying entrepreneur learning.

Located at Workshop17 West Street in Johannesburg, our Research Centre will delve into the habits and behaviors of aspiring entrepreneurs.

Stay tuned for updates and informative insights.

03/08/2023

The 7th Edition Heavy Chef Report on Entrepreneur Networks, in partnership with Workshop17, In On Africa and Xero, has just been released.

This report reveals insights on an often-overlooked predictor of entrepreneurial success: the connection with other entrepreneurs and their networks.

These findings challenge the conventional belief that finances, investments, location, or privilege are the main markers of entrepreneurial triumph.

Download your copy now: https://heavychef.org/reports

A huge thank you to all our partners for your continued support, Workshop17, In On Africa, Xero, Payfast, xneelo, Youth Capital

02/08/2023

Keet Van Zyl, founder of and partner at Knife Capital, shares valuable tips on how to create a pitch deck for investors in tonight's LIVE recipe.

Join us at 6pm to ask Keet your burning question on creating a pitch deck.

Secure your spot to our LIVE recipes:
https://www.heavychef.com/book-live-recipe

27/07/2023

In this week's recipe Keet van Zyl, founder of and partner at Knife Capital, shares valuable tips on how to create a pitch deck for investors.

Watch his full bite on the benefits of a strong pitch deck on the link below:

https://www.heavychef.com/keet-van-zyl-how-to-create-a-pitch-deck

Want to tuck into his full recipe and start crafting your very own pitch deck? Sign up to Heavy Chef for FREE: https://www.heavychef.com/pricing

Don't forget, if you are a premium member, to ask Keet your burning question during our live online session next week Wednesday at 6pm.

We're here to help.

24/07/2023

The customer journey is the lifeline of our businesses. Understanding this process is not only vital for optimizing audience satisfaction but also for identifying opportunities to enhance the overall experience.

Join us Wednesday evening for an exclusive live session with Chantel Botha, the expert, and founder of BrandLove, as she delves into the steps to take to craft a compelling customer journey.

This interactive session is the perfect opportunity to get your burning questions answered directly by Chantel and gain personalized insights for your venture. 🔍

📅 Date: 26 July 2023
⏰ Time: 6 pm - 7 pm
📍 Location: Online - Join from Anywhere!

Secure your spot: https://www.heavychef.com/book-live-recipe

Building A Website For Your App — Heavy Chef Foundation 20/07/2023

Tuck into this must-read article on building a stunning website for your app from our friends xneelo!

Whether you're a seasoned app developer or just getting started, these valuable insights will help you step up your game and attract more users to your app.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to boost your app's success! Click the link below and get started on your journey to app greatness! 🌟

https://heavychef.org/all-articles/2023/7/20/building-a-website-for-your-app

Building A Website For Your App — Heavy Chef Foundation Learn how to create a compelling website for your app and boost its success. Explore the differences, essential elements, and expert tips. Start your journey with xneelo's Managed WordPress Hosting. Try our free trial

Photos from Heavy Chef's post 19/07/2023

Looking for the ear of another entrepreneur who has been in your shoes?

Join an intimate LIVE session tonight with our Heavy Chef and take control of your brand identity.

Mosa Ntwampe will be tucking into his recipe on How To Create A Brand Identity and unpacking what a brand identity is, the building blocks that constitute it and how to progress from understanding your brand foundation to having a logo, colour palette, typography and brand guidelines - all in the interest of showing up the way you want to, consistently and with impact.

You can expect an interactive experience where you'll have the opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas with fellow members, and gain invaluable insights to implement in your own ventures.

Set your alarms, and make sure to join us online tonight (DM us for the link - members only).

If you want to gain extra Heavy Chef brownie points, complete the challenge as some pre-work before the Live Recipe.

We look forward to seeing you there! Secure your spot on the link below: https://www.heavychef.com/mosa-ntwampe-how-to-create-a-brand-identity

Heavy Chef Event: Building An App 17/07/2023

"There's an APP for that!" is the rallying cry of the 21st Century. However, do we really need an app for everything?

In tomorrow evening's tech-focused event, Jacques Jordaan, Co-Founder of Specno, and Mawethu Soga, the wizard behind Fixxr, unpack the do's and don'ts of app building.

This event is for any entrepreneurs or leaders who are considering their own app project - or businesses that have built an app and want to scale it.

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18, 6pm. Workshop17 Sandton, JHB.

Click on the link below to secure your spot.

Heavy Chef Event: Building An App In July's tech-focused event, Heavy Chef has invited two of SA's smartest app technicians to unpack the do's and don'ts of app building. The Heavy Chef stage will feature Jacques Jordaan, the Co-Founder of Specno, SA's most impressive app agency and Mawethu Soga, the wizard behind Fixxr.

06/07/2023

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Our Story

Heavy Chef is a community-driven organisation. It was inspired by the expression ‘never trust a skinny chef’ and has evolved into a platform for ‘people that do.’

Doers are people who get their hands dirty and teach through action. They are the people we want to learn from and collaborate with.

Our monthly events focus on leadership, technology and creativity, bringing together a community of like-minded individuals who want to make things happen.

Videos (show all)

Lelemba Phiri, the principal and founder of Africa Trust Group, joined a few of our premium members LIVE ONLINE this eve...
Heavy Chef sat down with some of South Africa’s pre-eminent entrepreneurs to bring you Selling Products Online – a pract...
Jessica van der Westhuyzen has been the Digital and Performance Marketing Manager at Some of SA's biggest companies. She...
Have you been thinking about creating an app?Catherine Lückhoff, co-founder and CEO of 20fifty, takes us through the thi...
In this week's recipe Keet van Zyl, founder of and partner at Knife Capital, shares valuable tips on how to create a pit...
The customer journey is the lifeline of our businesses. Understanding this process is not only vital for optimizing audi...
Elevate Your Visual Storytelling Skills.In a world where every second counts, it's crucial to make an immediate impact o...
Charles Hsuan, the founder of Flying Kite and a story-selling coach, is a firm believer in the power of stories to creat...
📹 ⬇️ Keitumetse Lekaba, managing director of I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR and a fountain of information on SME development and f...
Dr Phumzile Mmope is a leadership and business coach, as well as a strategic communication consultant, who helps busines...
Thinking of starting an e-commerce website? Or perhaps you already have one?Having been around the e-commerce block a fe...
Thato Schermer is an “accidental entrepreneur” who has focused her many and varied talents on making healthcare more acc...

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