On the 4th of June 2023, the highly anticipated #StartUpSundays event took place at the Cheeba Cannabis Hub in Johannesburg. This event aimed to provide a platform for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to connect, learn, and grow in the ever-evolving world of startups. Packed with valuable insights and networking opportunities, the event left attendees inspired and equipped with practical tools to implement in their own businesses.

The event boasted an impressive lineup of speakers, each with their own unique experiences and expertise. Risky Mashigo, Founder & CEO of StayOn Telecoms, Impilo Insurance, and JK Technologies, kicked off the event by sharing his valuable insights on building a scalable business. Mashigo emphasized the importance of focusing on systems and processes, urging attendees to consider what he refers to as “boring” businesses. These cash cow businesses, often overlooked due to their lack of glamour, can help build cash reserves, enabling entrepreneurs to pursue their passions.

Boikano Sikwane, Co-founder & CEO of Chuck Chilli, took the stage to share the inspiring journey of Chuck Chilli in the retail sector. Sikwane highlighted their achievement of having their product listed at popular stores like Food Lover’s Market and Spar. This success story showcased the potential for startups to make significant strides in the highly competitive retail landscape.

Tarryn Daniels, New Business & Innovation| GS1 AIDC, Barcodes, GDSN, Traceability |SMME Development at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, captivated the audience with her insights on compliance requirements and traceability technology. Daniels shed light on the importance of barcoding and traceability in the modern business landscape, providing attendees with actionable knowledge to ensure compliance and streamline operations. She also shared some helpful insights that impact the cannabis sector, and what they need to prepare for in order not to be left out of the massive opportunity.

Randy Gosling, Co-founder & COO of Hiplug Canna-rolls, shared his passion for the cannabis industry and provided valuable compliance insights for those interested in venturing into this space. As the cannabis industry continues to grow, Gosling emphasized the importance of staying up-to-date with compliance regulations and creating a solid foundation for success.

Overall, the event at Cheeba Cannabis Hub delivered on its promise of practical tools and networking opportunities. Attendees left feeling inspired and equipped to take their startups to the next level. The event’s success has paved the way for future sessions, with the next one scheduled for the 2nd of July from 1 pm to 5 pm, once again at Cheeba Cannabis Hub located at Nevada Eden Park, No. 1 4th Avenue, Edenburg, JHB.

To ensure the sustainability of the event and its continued high-quality offerings, a modest fee of R50 has been introduced for attendees. This nominal fee is outweighed by the value of the insights shared by the esteemed speakers and the exceptional networking opportunities that have become synonymous with #StartUpSundays.

Tickets for the event can be obtained through the following link: [https://www.quicket.co.za/events/221099-startupsundays-a-space-to-connect-learn-and-grow/]. Interested merchants looking to participate can apply via the form found at [https://www.brownsenseinsights.co.za/event-details/startupsundays-a-space-to-connect-learn-and-grow-6/form]. The cost for merchants to participate is R200, excluding furniture.

The #StartUpSundays event at Cheeba Cannabis Hub has undoubtedly become a must-attend gathering for aspiring entrepreneurs and established business owners alike. By offering valuable insights, fostering connections, and promoting growth, this event continues to play a vital role in the South African startup ecosystem.