• We are hosting Vicki Fourie

    @59 Plenty

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-we-are-hosting-vicki-fourie/ In 2009 Vicki was crowned Miss Deaf South Africa, and in 2010 she won the title of 1st Princess at the Miss Deaf International in Las Vegas, USA. She also represented South Africa at the Miss Deaf World in Prague in 2011. Vicki has appeared in various well-known magazines: Sarie, VroueKeur, People, Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine, etc. She has also been the cover girl of national and international magazines: JUIG, That’s My Girl, Passi, Single!, Sweet Designs, MyMag and CRC’s magazine, Devoted. She’s also been on TV quite a few times: Kwêla, Pasella, etv’s Sunrise, SABC2’s Hectic Nine9 and Top Billing. Pasella’s interview Agenda 6:00 PM: Registration 7:00 PM: Fireside Chat 8:00 PM: Networking --- Speaker Vicki Fourie - Vicki Fourie (Ms) In 2009 Vicki was crowned Miss Deaf South Africa, and in 2010 she won the title of 1st Princess at the Miss Deaf International in Las Vegas, USA. She also represented South Africa at the Miss Deaf World in Prague in 2011. Hosted By Lesley Jennings, Chapter Director Owner and Founder - Lesley Jennings Arts Management I Manager Free State Youth Orchestra I Bloemfontein Chapter Director During my career as a self-employed entertainment coordinator and arts administrator, I have been contracted by the Free State Symphony Orchestra to manage their youth orchestra and the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State as a project administrator. I have had the pleasure of working with some really amazing talent. The experiences gained have been invaluable and, more importantly, highly enjoyable and satisfying. There is nothing quite like organising a successful concert, knowing that, in some way, you were responsible. Largely self-taught and with eight years of music administration/coordination under my belt, there have been some memorable experiences. I have interned for the South African National Youth Orchestra and continue to volunteer for their courses when I have time, these are the biggest concerts I have been a part of coordinating aside from the courses themselves. I continue to work with youth orchestras as they link into my passion to develop and empower the next generation of musicians. I have also had the pleasure of managing a local band, who have achieved remarkable performance goals in their two years together as a band, I am humbled to be able to work so closely with these musicians to realise their goals. Being self-employed lends itself to the need to overcome problems and learn new skills very quickly. As a result, my skills range from basic instrument repair, talent management through to budgeting and project management. Masha Gubkina, Co-director Born in Belarus, she relocated to SA in 2007. After completing an honours degree in French Literature at UFS in 2010, she applied her love of the language and knowledge of French culture to tutoring at Alliance Française de Bloemfontein. Currently, she is a President of the AFDB and Delf/Dalf language proficiency examiner, freelance translator and interpreter. As the multitasker she is, Masha, as all know her, is a co- owner of Arista Guesthouse. Through this endeavour she has been privileged to do what she love, work with people and ensure that they are happy and comfortable; whilst attending to the day to day running of a successful business. She has a passion for Bloemfontein and is especially gratified when she is able to promote our wonderful city to the weary traveller who thinks a stop-over or business trip to Bloemfontein will be 'boring'. this is how the Arista blog was created. A blog is part of the information that provides potential visitors to the happenings of our beautiful city: http://blog.aristaguesthouse.co.za/. In 2016 she was presented with the opportunity to be a co-director of Startup Grind's Bloemfontein Chapter. This spoke to her passion for networking and her belief in empowerment and knowledge-sharing. It is a first for Bloemfontein, and addresses the need for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and network with industry leaders within our City. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Sponsorss 59Plenty (http://www.cafeplenty.co.za/) Established in 2013 as an intimate space set out in Gallery on Leviseur, serving an abundance of seasonal produce, sourced locally (where possible). Art is the process of creating, so not only the food but drinks must reflect this process. Freshly roasted coffee, zingy homemade lemonades and creamy hot chocolates can be enjoyed at 59Plenty. Plenty is about the art of feasting on the ample supply of fresh produce that we have been blessed with, using this to create edible art. PayFast (http://www.payfast.co.za/https) Secure, Online Payment Processing for South Africa. PayFast is a payments processing service for South Africa. Payfast now allows sellers to accept Bitcoin payments. Arista Guesthouse (https://www.aristaguesthouse.co.za) Blanc Designer Goods (https://www.envieconcept.co.za) --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-we-are-hosting-vicki-fourie/

  • We are hosting Masha Gubkina and Lesley Jennings

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-we-are-hosting-masha-gubkina-and-lesley-jennings/ Masha Born in Belarus, she relocated to SA in 2007. After completing an honours degree in French Literature at UFS in 2010, she applied her love of the language and knowledge of French culture to tutoring at Alliance Française de Bloemfontein. Currently, she is a President of the AFDB and Delf/Dalf language proficiency examiner, freelance translator and interpreter. As the multitasker she is, Masha, as all know her, is a co- owner of Arista Guesthouse. Through this endeavour she has been privileged to do what she love, work with people and ensure that they are happy and comfortable; whilst attending to the day to day running of a successful business. She has a passion for Bloemfontein and is especially gratified when she is able to promote our wonderful city to the weary traveller who thinks a stop-over or business trip to Bloemfontein will be 'boring'. this is how the Arista blog was created. A blog is part of the information that provides potential visitors to the happenings of our beautiful city: http://blog.aristaguesthouse.co.za/. In 2016 she was presented with the opportunity to be a co-director of Startup Grind's Bloemfontein Chapter. This spoke to her passion for networking and her belief in empowerment and knowledge-sharing. It is a first for Bloemfontein, and addresses the need for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and network with industry leaders within our City. Lesley She grew up in a house where she, her father and her brother played musical instruments, predominantly jazz, rock n roll and blues. Jennings told Bloemfontein Courant that this was certainly where her love for music started. “I consider myself a very passionate person when I do something, I believe in doing it to the best of my ability.” She explained she had done other jobs as a teacher and saxophonist and this plethora of exposure shaped her to become an understanding person, appreciative of an industry that many look down on, and she is certainly passionate about business and South Africa. Lesley said her niche and main focus is hosting and promoting jazz concerts. Jennings describes Jazz on the Lawn as an absolutely special experience and added that it is not often that an event concept lasts, due to many reasons, but she believes that Windmill Casino hosting this event has been an integral part of its success. She said that her business has taken many different shapes and forms, GigCulture was inspired by the challenges people face in the industry, for musicians, clients and audience members. “I don’t think I am fully aware of all the solutions, but the first step in making a difference is to take the first step. I can’t imagine doing anything else, and being able to contribute to the development of our industry in the Free State is such a humbling experience.” Agenda 6:00 PM: Registration 7:00 PM: Fireside Chat 8:00 PM: Networking --- Speakers Masha Gubkina - Arista Guesthouse (Co-owner) Born in Belarus and relocated to SA in 2007. Completed an honours degree in French Literature at UFS in 2010 and is now tutoring at Alliance Française de Bloemfontein. Masha is the a co- owner of Arista Guesthouse Lesley Gubkina - GigCulture (Owner and Founder) She's making waves in the entertainment industry and is the brains behind the popular hangout ‘Jazz on the Lawn’ and the managing director of GigCulture Hosted By Lesley Jennings, Chapter Director Owner and Founder - Lesley Jennings Arts Management I Manager Free State Youth Orchestra I Bloemfontein Chapter Director During my career as a self-employed entertainment coordinator and arts administrator, I have been contracted by the Free State Symphony Orchestra to manage their youth orchestra and the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State as a project administrator. I have had the pleasure of working with some really amazing talent. The experiences gained have been invaluable and, more importantly, highly enjoyable and satisfying. There is nothing quite like organising a successful concert, knowing that, in some way, you were responsible. Largely self-taught and with eight years of music administration/coordination under my belt, there have been some memorable experiences. I have interned for the South African National Youth Orchestra and continue to volunteer for their courses when I have time, these are the biggest concerts I have been a part of coordinating aside from the courses themselves. I continue to work with youth orchestras as they link into my passion to develop and empower the next generation of musicians. I have also had the pleasure of managing a local band, who have achieved remarkable performance goals in their two years together as a band, I am humbled to be able to work so closely with these musicians to realise their goals. Being self-employed lends itself to the need to overcome problems and learn new skills very quickly. As a result, my skills range from basic instrument repair, talent management through to budgeting and project management. Masha Gubkina, Co-director Born in Belarus, she relocated to SA in 2007. After completing an honours degree in French Literature at UFS in 2010, she applied her love of the language and knowledge of French culture to tutoring at Alliance Française de Bloemfontein. Currently, she is a President of the AFDB and Delf/Dalf language proficiency examiner, freelance translator and interpreter. As the multitasker she is, Masha, as all know her, is a co- owner of Arista Guesthouse. Through this endeavour she has been privileged to do what she love, work with people and ensure that they are happy and comfortable; whilst attending to the day to day running of a successful business. She has a passion for Bloemfontein and is especially gratified when she is able to promote our wonderful city to the weary traveller who thinks a stop-over or business trip to Bloemfontein will be 'boring'. this is how the Arista blog was created. A blog is part of the information that provides potential visitors to the happenings of our beautiful city: http://blog.aristaguesthouse.co.za/. In 2016 she was presented with the opportunity to be a co-director of Startup Grind's Bloemfontein Chapter. This spoke to her passion for networking and her belief in empowerment and knowledge-sharing. It is a first for Bloemfontein, and addresses the need for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and network with industry leaders within our City. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Sponsorss Sonique Productions (http://www.soniqueproductions.co.za/) Sonique Productions specialized services include sound/audio | lighting | rigging | staging & structure | AV-Audio visual | concept designing | project planning | technical crew & logistics. We form long-standing business relationships with our clients, in order to achieve the client’s expectations and more with creativity and technical solutions. 59Plenty (http://www.cafeplenty.co.za/) Established in 2013 as an intimate space set out in Gallery on Leviseur, serving an abundance of seasonal produce, sourced locally (where possible). Art is the process of creating, so not only the food but drinks must reflect this process. Freshly roasted coffee, zingy homemade lemonades and creamy hot chocolates can be enjoyed at 59Plenty. Plenty is about the art of feasting on the ample supply of fresh produce that we have been blessed with, using this to create edible art. Zita Filmz (https://www.facebook.com/zitafilmz/) Promotional Vids | Cinematic Storytelling | Music Videos | Crossfit Videos | Food Promos | Instagram Snippets PayFast (http://www.payfast.co.za/https) Secure, Online Payment Processing for South Africa. PayFast is a payments processing service for South Africa. Payfast now allows sellers to accept Bitcoin payments. Arista Guesthouse (https://www.aristaguesthouse.co.za) Blanc Designer Goods (https://www.envieconcept.co.za) --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-we-are-hosting-masha-gubkina-and-lesley-jennings/

  • We are hosting Margo Fargo

    Stereo Cafe

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-we-are-hosting-margo-fargo/ Aside from for being the founder of Far_go straws, a finalist of Miss SA 2018 pageant, 2013 First princess in the Miss Free State pageant, 2014 ambassador for Miss Earth South Africa and 2016 First princess at Miss Mamelodi Sundowns – what else do you know about Margo Fargo? Join us at Startup Grind Bloemfontein's fireside chat to find out! Agenda 6:00 PM: Registration 7:00 PM: Fireside Chat 8:00 PM: Networking --- Speaker Margo Fargo - Far_Go Straws (Founder) Born and bred in Bloemfontein and hails from the community of Heidedal. She is a passionate 26 - year - old , young lady who is a mixture of cultures ; Xhosa and Coloured decent . She obtained her Honours degree in BSC Consumer Sciences in Sustainability at the University of The Free State and is a co-founder and co - director of an NPO called the A&M Foundation. Hosted By Lesley Jennings, Chapter Director Owner and Founder - Lesley Jennings Arts Management I Manager Free State Youth Orchestra I Bloemfontein Chapter Director During my career as a self-employed entertainment coordinator and arts administrator, I have been contracted by the Free State Symphony Orchestra to manage their youth orchestra and the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State as a project administrator. I have had the pleasure of working with some really amazing talent. The experiences gained have been invaluable and, more importantly, highly enjoyable and satisfying. There is nothing quite like organising a successful concert, knowing that, in some way, you were responsible. Largely self-taught and with eight years of music administration/coordination under my belt, there have been some memorable experiences. I have interned for the South African National Youth Orchestra and continue to volunteer for their courses when I have time, these are the biggest concerts I have been a part of coordinating aside from the courses themselves. I continue to work with youth orchestras as they link into my passion to develop and empower the next generation of musicians. I have also had the pleasure of managing a local band, who have achieved remarkable performance goals in their two years together as a band, I am humbled to be able to work so closely with these musicians to realise their goals. Being self-employed lends itself to the need to overcome problems and learn new skills very quickly. As a result, my skills range from basic instrument repair, talent management through to budgeting and project management. Masha Gubkina, Co-director Born in Belarus, she relocated to SA in 2007. After completing an honours degree in French Literature at UFS in 2010, she applied her love of the language and knowledge of French culture to tutoring at Alliance Française de Bloemfontein. Currently, she is a President of the AFDB and Delf/Dalf language proficiency examiner, freelance translator and interpreter. As the multitasker she is, Masha, as all know her, is a co- owner of Arista Guesthouse. Through this endeavour she has been privileged to do what she love, work with people and ensure that they are happy and comfortable; whilst attending to the day to day running of a successful business. She has a passion for Bloemfontein and is especially gratified when she is able to promote our wonderful city to the weary traveller who thinks a stop-over or business trip to Bloemfontein will be 'boring'. this is how the Arista blog was created. A blog is part of the information that provides potential visitors to the happenings of our beautiful city: http://blog.aristaguesthouse.co.za/. In 2016 she was presented with the opportunity to be a co-director of Startup Grind's Bloemfontein Chapter. This spoke to her passion for networking and her belief in empowerment and knowledge-sharing. It is a first for Bloemfontein, and addresses the need for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and network with industry leaders within our City. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Sponsorss Zita Filmz (https://www.facebook.com/zitafilmz/) Promotional Vids | Cinematic Storytelling | Music Videos | Crossfit Videos | Food Promos | Instagram Snippets Sonique Productions (http://www.soniqueproductions.co.za/) Sonique Productions specialized services include sound/audio | lighting | rigging | staging & structure | AV-Audio visual | concept designing | project planning | technical crew & logistics. We form long-standing business relationships with our clients, in order to achieve the client’s expectations and more with creativity and technical solutions. PayFast (http://www.payfast.co.za/https) Secure, Online Payment Processing for South Africa. PayFast is a payments processing service for South Africa. Payfast now allows sellers to accept Bitcoin payments. Blanc Designer Goods (https://www.envieconcept.co.za) Arista Guesthouse (https://www.aristaguesthouse.co.za) Partner Meraci Photography (http://www.meraciphotography.co.za/#/) Derived from the Greek word with a touch of C instead of K. Meraci is the embodiment of Carine Botha’s passion for beauty and photography This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be. Greek. meraki [may-rah-kee] (adjective)\ --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-we-are-hosting-margo-fargo/

  • Elude, Games & Business

    Elude Escape Rooms

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-elude-games-business/ Our Background After playing an escape room game in Cape Town, we found the concept of escape rooms exciting and captivating. We also knew that Bloemfontein was a city that was in desperate need of fun recreational activities. We decided to start Elude Escape Rooms as a side-line project to test the idea of “escape room games”. To ensure the success of the business, we knew that we had to make the experience amazing. After months of research, design, building, and testing, we finally started the business in March 2017. With a combined experience of playing approximately 50 escape room games (local and international) and the design, build and testing of 4 complete escape games, the experience today at Elude Escape Rooms is on par with some of the best. Some notable clients were: • The VKB Knights Cricket Team • Cheetahs Rugby Team • Munster Rugby Team • SonderJouSoetkys Reality TV Program (airing on 23 March on channel 195) • And most important of all, the local people in Bloem. Agenda 6:00 PM: Registration 7:00 PM: Fireside Chat 8:00 PM: Networking --- Speakers Hein Pretorius - Elude Escape Rooms (co-owner) Civil Engineer with entrepreneurial tendencies, Hein Pretorius indulges into the systems, constant problem-solving and variety of challenges in starting and running a business. James Honiball - Elude Escape Rooms (co-owner) James Honiball is a university lecturer in civil engineering. He has been lecturing at the Central University of Technology for the past 6 years. 3 years ago, James played an escape room in Cape Town. Although he had a fun experience, he felt that he can create and design a better room, so he did, by creating an escape room in his garage for his friends to comes to play. Hosted By Lesley Jennings, Chapter Director Owner and Founder - Lesley Jennings Arts Management I Manager Free State Youth Orchestra I Bloemfontein Chapter Director During my career as a self-employed entertainment coordinator and arts administrator, I have been contracted by the Free State Symphony Orchestra to manage their youth orchestra and the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State as a project administrator. I have had the pleasure of working with some really amazing talent. The experiences gained have been invaluable and, more importantly, highly enjoyable and satisfying. There is nothing quite like organising a successful concert, knowing that, in some way, you were responsible. Largely self-taught and with eight years of music administration/coordination under my belt, there have been some memorable experiences. I have interned for the South African National Youth Orchestra and continue to volunteer for their courses when I have time, these are the biggest concerts I have been a part of coordinating aside from the courses themselves. I continue to work with youth orchestras as they link into my passion to develop and empower the next generation of musicians. I have also had the pleasure of managing a local band, who have achieved remarkable performance goals in their two years together as a band, I am humbled to be able to work so closely with these musicians to realise their goals. Being self-employed lends itself to the need to overcome problems and learn new skills very quickly. As a result, my skills range from basic instrument repair, talent management through to budgeting and project management. Masha Gubkina, Co-director Born in Belarus, she relocated to SA in 2007. After completing an honours degree in French Literature at UFS in 2010, she applied her love of the language and knowledge of French culture to tutoring at Alliance Française de Bloemfontein. Currently, she is a President of the AFDB and Delf/Dalf language proficiency examiner, freelance translator and interpreter. As the multitasker she is, Masha, as all know her, is a co- owner of Arista Guesthouse. Through this endeavour she has been privileged to do what she love, work with people and ensure that they are happy and comfortable; whilst attending to the day to day running of a successful business. She has a passion for Bloemfontein and is especially gratified when she is able to promote our wonderful city to the weary traveller who thinks a stop-over or business trip to Bloemfontein will be 'boring'. this is how the Arista blog was created. A blog is part of the information that provides potential visitors to the happenings of our beautiful city: http://blog.aristaguesthouse.co.za/. In 2016 she was presented with the opportunity to be a co-director of Startup Grind's Bloemfontein Chapter. This spoke to her passion for networking and her belief in empowerment and knowledge-sharing. It is a first for Bloemfontein, and addresses the need for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and network with industry leaders within our City. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Sponsorss Zita Filmz (https://www.facebook.com/zitafilmz/) Promotional Vids | Cinematic Storytelling | Music Videos | Crossfit Videos | Food Promos | Instagram Snippets Sonique Productions (http://www.soniqueproductions.co.za/) Sonique Productions specialized services include sound/audio | lighting | rigging | staging & structure | AV-Audio visual | concept designing | project planning | technical crew & logistics. We form long-standing business relationships with our clients, in order to achieve the client’s expectations and more with creativity and technical solutions. PayFast (http://www.payfast.co.za/https) Secure, Online Payment Processing for South Africa. PayFast is a payments processing service for South Africa. Payfast now allows sellers to accept Bitcoin payments. Blanc Designer Goods (https://www.envieconcept.co.za) Arista Guesthouse (https://www.aristaguesthouse.co.za) Partners Meraci Photography (http://www.meraciphotography.co.za/#/) Derived from the Greek word with a touch of C instead of K. Meraci is the embodiment of Carine Botha’s passion for beauty and photography This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be. Greek. meraki [may-rah-kee] (adjective)\ Kryolan Free State (https://www.facebook.com/kryolanfreestate/) --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-elude-games-business/

  • Why coffee, what coffee and when coffee with James Kilbourn & Stevo Kühn

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-why-coffee-what-coffee-and-when-coffee-with-james-kilbourn-stevo-kuhn/ Why coffee, what coffee and when coffee with James Kilbourn /Stereo Cafe/ & Stevo Kühn /UrbanBrew/. James Kilbourn opened the doors of Stereo Cafe in January 2014, hoping someone would like a good cup of coffee. Before this, however, he tested the market with his first brand, Connoisseur Coffee, and sold and distributed coffee at the Langenhovenpark Boeremark, and other local weekly markets in Bloemfontein from late 2011 to the end of 2013. This important testing ground laid the foundation for his current venture - roasting good quality coffee and offering patrons of Stereo Cafe a great coffee experience. Stereo Cafe also supplies wholesale coffee to a number of restaurants and corporates in the Free State and Northern Cape. James studied at the North West University and graduated with a degree in Business Communication in 1998 and has a diploma in sound engineering. His original passion for music established his career in the radio broadcasting industry and his current passion is for coffee is where Stereo Cafe got its name. He attended the London School of Coffee where he trained under Morten Munchow, a well-respected coffee consultant and trainer and started roasting coffee from home in 2013. He is currently furthering his coffee education by completing a series of courses offered by the Specialty Coffee Association and by reading extensively on the subject. He regularly travels to network with international coffee professionals and furthers his coffee experience by attending international coffee events. His passion for coffee inspires him to grow as a coffee roaster and cafe owner, to educate as a coffee professional and share the potential of this wonderful beverage with anyone who will listen. Stevo Kühn: " I studied B.ed and worked as English & Art teacher for 3.5 years at Primary School. Started a music academy at our church where I taught bass and acoustic guitar. Whilst studying I played in bands, but in 2011 I joined the UFS Jazz band (this is where I met Lesley - haha). In 2015 I quit as a teacher and pursued a career as a musician (in Bloemfontein - bigger HAHA). At the time really fell in love with the process of coffee and this leads me to my first entry into the business and professional coffee. Knew zip about business, but was so passionate about people and coffee that I was given shares in a coffee shop. In 2016 went for first formal barista training at Truth Coffee in Cpt. I started running the coffee bar at Doxa Deo in 2016 & delved deeper into the concept of people and coffee. Left my shares to start my own speciality coffee bar. Started out doing special events. Was really tough - not sustainable (having a family). Realizing that I have to do something I worked at Woolies Café (this was rock bottom) for just under a month. A few opportunities opened up (mostly outside of Bfn) and decided to stay for the one opportunity in Bfn. This leads me to start working for local roastery where I was involved in training others, roasting from time to time and selling coffee - pretty much repping. They later opened a shop where I was all of the above and manager. In May 2017 I got the opportunity to open a pop-up coffee bar inside IQVIA (formerly known as Quintiles). It started out on Friday mornings and then grew to Wednesday and Monday mornings. In Aug 2017 I went solo (again), but this time with clearer vision. I was fixed on growing slower, but more sustainably. To me, this was corporates and training. In March 2018 I was very fortunate to receive training from internationally accredited barista trainer. Completed Foundation and Intermediate certification from Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). Aug 2018 I competed in my first regional barista championship and finished 2nd. 2018 I completed Professional certification from SCA. 2019 Feb - National Barista Championship March 2019 - launching a to-go bar at Bloemgate Centre (downstairs) & upstairs is the training facility where I get to train individual baristas as well as corporate companies (McDonald's, Jack & Jill, OFS Smart repair, Abraham se Winkel, Pimento, Doxa Deo and others). In May 2019 I also be launching a training programme that is aimed at skills development and job creation in partnership with POPUP." Agenda 6:00 PM: Registration 7:00 PM: Fireside Chat 8:00 PM: Networking --- Speakers James Kilbourn - Stereo Cafe (Mr) Why coffee? “Coffee is an important part of cultures around the world. Many people start or end their day with coffee - be it instant, filter or cappuccino or flat white from their favourite cafe. It's a drink that brings people together or to enjoy in solitude. It has a fascinating history and a wonderful complexity, especially when exploring the world of speciality coffee.” Stevo Kühn - Urban Brew (Mr) Why coffee? “Besides the science of coffee, I am mesmerised by the potential coffee possesses to bring people from all walks of life together. Work, social, any gathering is suitable for great coffee. Coffee tells that story of people and I love to be part of it.” Hosted By Lesley Jennings, Chapter Director Owner and Founder - Lesley Jennings Arts Management I Manager Free State Youth Orchestra I Bloemfontein Chapter Director During my career as a self-employed entertainment coordinator and arts administrator, I have been contracted by the Free State Symphony Orchestra to manage their youth orchestra and the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State as a project administrator. I have had the pleasure of working with some really amazing talent. The experiences gained have been invaluable and, more importantly, highly enjoyable and satisfying. There is nothing quite like organising a successful concert, knowing that, in some way, you were responsible. Largely self-taught and with eight years of music administration/coordination under my belt, there have been some memorable experiences. I have interned for the South African National Youth Orchestra and continue to volunteer for their courses when I have time, these are the biggest concerts I have been a part of coordinating aside from the courses themselves. I continue to work with youth orchestras as they link into my passion to develop and empower the next generation of musicians. I have also had the pleasure of managing a local band, who have achieved remarkable performance goals in their two years together as a band, I am humbled to be able to work so closely with these musicians to realise their goals. Being self-employed lends itself to the need to overcome problems and learn new skills very quickly. As a result, my skills range from basic instrument repair, talent management through to budgeting and project management. Masha Gubkina, Co-director Born in Belarus, she relocated to SA in 2007. After completing an honours degree in French Literature at UFS in 2010, she applied her love of the language and knowledge of French culture to tutoring at Alliance Française de Bloemfontein. Currently, she is a President of the AFDB and Delf/Dalf language proficiency examiner, freelance translator and interpreter. As the multitasker she is, Masha, as all know her, is a co- owner of Arista Guesthouse. Through this endeavour she has been privileged to do what she love, work with people and ensure that they are happy and comfortable; whilst attending to the day to day running of a successful business. She has a passion for Bloemfontein and is especially gratified when she is able to promote our wonderful city to the weary traveller who thinks a stop-over or business trip to Bloemfontein will be 'boring'. this is how the Arista blog was created. A blog is part of the information that provides potential visitors to the happenings of our beautiful city: http://blog.aristaguesthouse.co.za/. In 2016 she was presented with the opportunity to be a co-director of Startup Grind's Bloemfontein Chapter. This spoke to her passion for networking and her belief in empowerment and knowledge-sharing. It is a first for Bloemfontein, and addresses the need for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and network with industry leaders within our City. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Sponsorss Sonique Productions (http://www.soniqueproductions.co.za/) Sonique Productions specialized services include sound/audio | lighting | rigging | staging & structure | AV-Audio visual | concept designing | project planning | technical crew & logistics. We form long-standing business relationships with our clients, in order to achieve the client’s expectations and more with creativity and technical solutions. Zita Filmz (https://www.facebook.com/zitafilmz/) Promotional Vids | Cinematic Storytelling | Music Videos | Crossfit Videos | Food Promos | Instagram Snippets Arista Guesthouse (https://www.aristaguesthouse.co.za) PayFast (http://www.payfast.co.za/https) Secure, Online Payment Processing for South Africa. PayFast is a payments processing service for South Africa. Payfast now allows sellers to accept Bitcoin payments. Gopengit (https://envieconcept.co.za) Partner Meraci Photography (http://www.meraciphotography.co.za/#/) Derived from the Greek word with a touch of C instead of K. Meraci is the embodiment of Carine Botha’s passion for beauty and photography This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be. Greek. meraki [may-rah-kee] (adjective)\ --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-why-coffee-what-coffee-and-when-coffee-with-james-kilbourn-stevo-kuhn/

  • We are hosting Jeani Meyer - Let's Talk Smart!

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-we-are-hosting-jeani-meyer-lets-talk-smart/ "At the Smart Repair Group we believe in Passion, Quality, Innovation and Smart. OFS Smart Repair is the premium Auto Body Repair centre in our region and one of the most technologically advanced super shops in Southern Africa." Join us as we get first hand insight into this local mega brand. Jeani Meyer, Executive Director will join us for our traditional fireside chat, so be sure not to miss it! Jeani was born and bred in Bloemfontein. Studying at Kovsies and CUT, Jeani completed her studies in marketing and design and began her career as a graphic designer at Xpozure Advertising. Moving into the corporate sphere, Jeani joined OFS Smart Repair in 2005 where she today heads-up the OFS Team (alongside her brother and business partner, Gysie Pienaar) and is responsible for all things operational with a strong focus on Brand, Marketing, PR and client liaison. Always intrigued by all things brand, Jeani furthered her specialist studies in Social Media at UCT and thereafter focused intensely on the digital marketing strategy of OFS Smart Repair. As the Brand custodian and Digital marketing Head of the Smart Repair Group, Jeani has since been invited to give a specialist honours lecture at the UFS on Social Media and Digital Marketing strategy, a TEDtalk (How to translate likes into sales) and has been featured as a guest speaker on various marketing expert, business and student panels. Agenda 6:00 PM: Registration 6:30 PM: Fireside Chat 7:30 PM: Networking --- Speaker Jeani Meyer - OFS Smart Repair (Executive Director) Jeani was born and bred in Bloemfontein. Studying at Kovsies and CUT, Jeani completed her studies in marketing and design and began her career as a graphic designer at Xpozure Advertising. Moving into the corporate sphere, Jeani joined OFS Smart Repair in 2005 where she today heads-up the OFS Team. Hosted By Lesley Jennings, Chapter Director Owner and Founder - Lesley Jennings Arts Management I Manager Free State Youth Orchestra I Bloemfontein Chapter Director During my career as a self-employed entertainment coordinator and arts administrator, I have been contracted by the Free State Symphony Orchestra to manage their youth orchestra and the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State as a project administrator. I have had the pleasure of working with some really amazing talent. The experiences gained have been invaluable and, more importantly, highly enjoyable and satisfying. There is nothing quite like organising a successful concert, knowing that, in some way, you were responsible. Largely self-taught and with eight years of music administration/coordination under my belt, there have been some memorable experiences. I have interned for the South African National Youth Orchestra and continue to volunteer for their courses when I have time, these are the biggest concerts I have been a part of coordinating aside from the courses themselves. I continue to work with youth orchestras as they link into my passion to develop and empower the next generation of musicians. I have also had the pleasure of managing a local band, who have achieved remarkable performance goals in their two years together as a band, I am humbled to be able to work so closely with these musicians to realise their goals. Being self-employed lends itself to the need to overcome problems and learn new skills very quickly. As a result, my skills range from basic instrument repair, talent management through to budgeting and project management. Masha Gubkina, Co-director Born in Belarus, she relocated to SA in 2007. After completing an honours degree in French Literature at UFS in 2010, she applied her love of the language and knowledge of French culture to tutoring at Alliance Française de Bloemfontein. Currently, she is a President of the AFDB and Delf/Dalf language proficiency examiner, freelance translator and interpreter. As the multitasker she is, Masha, as all know her, is a co- owner of Arista Guesthouse. Through this endeavour she has been privileged to do what she love, work with people and ensure that they are happy and comfortable; whilst attending to the day to day running of a successful business. She has a passion for Bloemfontein and is especially gratified when she is able to promote our wonderful city to the weary traveller who thinks a stop-over or business trip to Bloemfontein will be 'boring'. this is how the Arista blog was created. A blog is part of the information that provides potential visitors to the happenings of our beautiful city: http://blog.aristaguesthouse.co.za/. In 2016 she was presented with the opportunity to be a co-director of Startup Grind's Bloemfontein Chapter. This spoke to her passion for networking and her belief in empowerment and knowledge-sharing. It is a first for Bloemfontein, and addresses the need for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and network with industry leaders within our City. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Local Sponsorss CUT Innovation Services (http://www.cutis.org.za/http) A CUT above the rest. Our services and units encompass all this – they put us a CUT above the rest and enable our partners, staff, students and community to think beyond the obvious. See where you can fit in and where we can assist you. The world of 3D printing unleashed on all levels, entry, intermediate and high end printing (including metals). We employ the latest additive manufacturing technology to help meet our client’s needs PayFast (http://www.payfast.co.za/https) Secure, Online Payment Processing for South Africa. PayFast is a payments processing service for South Africa. Payfast now allows sellers to accept Bitcoin payments. Partners Blanc Designer Goods Loerie Shortz (http://www.loerieshortz.co.za) Arista Guesthouse (http://www.aristaguesthouse.co.za/) Nestled in the leafy, tranquil and historical suburb of Dan Pienaar in Bloemfontein lies Arista Guesthouse. " We at Arista Guesthouse need to be a destination not simply a place to stay. " Our rooms are tastefully and elegantly designed, decorated with the excellence that one would expect in your own home. Come and enjoy the serenity and peaceful ambience of our gracious and relaxed surroundings. Service excellence and ambiance at Arista Guesthouse will set us apart from the competition. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-we-are-hosting-jeani-meyer-lets-talk-smart/

  • We are turning TWO!

    Preller Square

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-we-are-turning-two Startup Grind Bloemfontein was launched in November 2016, and we are thrilled to be celebrating out anniversary with our community, speakers and startups Please join us for this market/party celebration where we will meet some of our past speakers, jam to some awesome music and experience the products and services of members of our community Can't wait to see you there! Agenda 6:00 pm: Registration&Networking 6:30 pm: Market/Party 7:30 pm: Networking --- Hosted By Lesley Jennings, Chapter Director Owner and Founder - Lesley Jennings Arts Management I Manager Free State Youth Orchestra I Bloemfontein Chapter Director During my career as a self-employed entertainment coordinator and arts administrator, I have been contracted by the Free State Symphony Orchestra to manage their youth orchestra and the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State as a project administrator. I have had the pleasure of working with some really amazing talent. The experiences gained have been invaluable and, more importantly, highly enjoyable and satisfying. There is nothing quite like organising a successful concert, knowing that, in some way, you were responsible. Largely self-taught and with eight years of music administration/coordination under my belt, there have been some memorable experiences. I have interned for the South African National Youth Orchestra and continue to volunteer for their courses when I have time, these are the biggest concerts I have been a part of coordinating aside from the courses themselves. I continue to work with youth orchestras as they link into my passion to develop and empower the next generation of musicians. I have also had the pleasure of managing a local band, who have achieved remarkable performance goals in their two years together as a band, I am humbled to be able to work so closely with these musicians to realise their goals. Being self-employed lends itself to the need to overcome problems and learn new skills very quickly. As a result, my skills range from basic instrument repair, talent management through to budgeting and project management. Masha Gubkina, Co-director Born in Belarus, she relocated to SA in 2007. After completing an honours degree in French Literature at UFS in 2010, she applied her love of the language and knowledge of French culture to tutoring at Alliance Française de Bloemfontein. Currently, she is a President of the AFDB and Delf/Dalf language proficiency examiner, freelance translator and interpreter. As the multitasker she is, Masha, as all know her, is a co- owner of Arista Guesthouse. Through this endeavour she has been privileged to do what she love, work with people and ensure that they are happy and comfortable; whilst attending to the day to day running of a successful business. She has a passion for Bloemfontein and is especially gratified when she is able to promote our wonderful city to the weary traveller who thinks a stop-over or business trip to Bloemfontein will be 'boring'. this is how the Arista blog was created. A blog is part of the information that provides potential visitors to the happenings of our beautiful city: http://blog.aristaguesthouse.co.za/. In 2016 she was presented with the opportunity to be a co-director of Startup Grind's Bloemfontein Chapter. This spoke to her passion for networking and her belief in empowerment and knowledge-sharing. It is a first for Bloemfontein, and addresses the need for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and network with industry leaders within our City. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-we-are-turning-two

  • Workshop: Jaclyn & Diederik

    Gallery on Leviseur

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-workshop-jaclyn-diederik This workshop has two aspects: branding and social media. Branding, is about how you or your business makes the consumer feel. It is a perception you create. That perception in turn will determine whether or not a consumer would like to do business with you or not. In this workshop we will cover the following topics: What is branding What makes a strong brand What makes a weak brand How to build a consistent strong brand Social Media has exceeded print media in todays day and age. Once you have established a brand you will need use social media as a marketing strategy. In this workshop we will cover: What the different social media avenues are Which of these are the most effective How to make use of these platforms. Agenda 6:00 pm: Registration&Networking 6:30 pm: Workshop 7:30 pm: Networking --- Hosted By Lesley Jennings, Chapter Director Owner and Founder - Lesley Jennings Arts Management I Manager Free State Youth Orchestra I Bloemfontein Chapter Director During my career as a self-employed entertainment coordinator and arts administrator, I have been contracted by the Free State Symphony Orchestra to manage their youth orchestra and the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State as a project administrator. I have had the pleasure of working with some really amazing talent. The experiences gained have been invaluable and, more importantly, highly enjoyable and satisfying. There is nothing quite like organising a successful concert, knowing that, in some way, you were responsible. Largely self-taught and with eight years of music administration/coordination under my belt, there have been some memorable experiences. I have interned for the South African National Youth Orchestra and continue to volunteer for their courses when I have time, these are the biggest concerts I have been a part of coordinating aside from the courses themselves. I continue to work with youth orchestras as they link into my passion to develop and empower the next generation of musicians. I have also had the pleasure of managing a local band, who have achieved remarkable performance goals in their two years together as a band, I am humbled to be able to work so closely with these musicians to realise their goals. Being self-employed lends itself to the need to overcome problems and learn new skills very quickly. As a result, my skills range from basic instrument repair, talent management through to budgeting and project management. Masha Gubkina, Co-director Born in Belarus, she relocated to SA in 2007. After completing an honours degree in French Literature at UFS in 2010, she applied her love of the language and knowledge of French culture to tutoring at Alliance Française de Bloemfontein. Currently, she is a President of the AFDB and Delf/Dalf language proficiency examiner, freelance translator and interpreter. As the multitasker she is, Masha, as all know her, is a co- owner of Arista Guesthouse. Through this endeavour she has been privileged to do what she love, work with people and ensure that they are happy and comfortable; whilst attending to the day to day running of a successful business. She has a passion for Bloemfontein and is especially gratified when she is able to promote our wonderful city to the weary traveller who thinks a stop-over or business trip to Bloemfontein will be 'boring'. this is how the Arista blog was created. A blog is part of the information that provides potential visitors to the happenings of our beautiful city: http://blog.aristaguesthouse.co.za/. In 2016 she was presented with the opportunity to be a co-director of Startup Grind's Bloemfontein Chapter. This spoke to her passion for networking and her belief in empowerment and knowledge-sharing. It is a first for Bloemfontein, and addresses the need for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and network with industry leaders within our City. --- Global Partner Google for Entrepreneurs (http://www.google.com/entrepreneurs/) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Partners Arista Guesthouse (http://www.aristaguesthouse.co.za/) Nestled in the leafy, tranquil and historical suburb of Dan Pienaar in Bloemfontein lies Arista Guesthouse. " We at Arista Guesthouse need to be a destination not simply a place to stay. " Our rooms are tastefully and elegantly designed, decorated with the excellence that one would expect in your own home. Come and enjoy the serenity and peaceful ambience of our gracious and relaxed surroundings. Service excellence and ambiance at Arista Guesthouse will set us apart from the competition. Rooi Stoel (http://www.rooistoel.com/) We help our clients to dominate their market by creating inspiring video content for different platforms. Blanc Designer Goods --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 450 cities and 120 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-workshop-jaclyn-diederik

  • We are hosting Jowhara Mahomed (The Eatery)

    The Eatery

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-we-are-hosting-jowhara-mahomed-the-eatery Jowhara Mahomed is the owner of a newly launched Whole Foods Café located at Preller Square. She opened the doors to The Eatery in August this year and brings to Bloemfontein a healthier alternative to take out. Her goal is to show everyone how conscious and clean eating is not boring and bland but rather colorful, easy and fun. She wants to bring attention to what we put in our bodies, knowing the processes our food goes through to get to our plate and creating a positive relationship with food. http://the-eatery.co.za/ Agenda 6:00 pm: Registration 7:00 pm: Fireside Chat 8:00 pm: Networking --- Speaker Jowhara Mohamed - The Eatery (Owner) Jowhara Mahomed is the owner of a newly launched Whole Foods Café located at Preller Square. She opened the doors to The Eatery in August this year and brings to Bloemfontein a healthier alternative to take out. Her goal is to show everyone how conscious and clean eating is not boring and bland but rather colorful, easy and fun. Hosted By Lesley Jennings, Chapter Director Owner and Founder - Lesley Jennings Arts Management I Manager Free State Youth Orchestra I Bloemfontein Chapter Director During my career as a self-employed entertainment coordinator and arts administrator, I have been contracted by the Free State Symphony Orchestra to manage their youth orchestra and the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State as a project administrator. I have had the pleasure of working with some really amazing talent. The experiences gained have been invaluable and, more importantly, highly enjoyable and satisfying. There is nothing quite like organising a successful concert, knowing that, in some way, you were responsible. Largely self-taught and with eight years of music administration/coordination under my belt, there have been some memorable experiences. I have interned for the South African National Youth Orchestra and continue to volunteer for their courses when I have time, these are the biggest concerts I have been a part of coordinating aside from the courses themselves. I continue to work with youth orchestras as they link into my passion to develop and empower the next generation of musicians. I have also had the pleasure of managing a local band, who have achieved remarkable performance goals in their two years together as a band, I am humbled to be able to work so closely with these musicians to realise their goals. Being self-employed lends itself to the need to overcome problems and learn new skills very quickly. As a result, my skills range from basic instrument repair, talent management through to budgeting and project management. Masha Gubkina, Co-director Born in Belarus, she relocated to SA in 2007. After completing an honours degree in French Literature at UFS in 2010, she applied her love of the language and knowledge of French culture to tutoring at Alliance Française de Bloemfontein. Currently, she is a President of the AFDB and Delf/Dalf language proficiency examiner, freelance translator and interpreter. As the multitasker she is, Masha, as all know her, is a co- owner of Arista Guesthouse. Through this endeavour she has been privileged to do what she love, work with people and ensure that they are happy and comfortable; whilst attending to the day to day running of a successful business. She has a passion for Bloemfontein and is especially gratified when she is able to promote our wonderful city to the weary traveller who thinks a stop-over or business trip to Bloemfontein will be 'boring'. this is how the Arista blog was created. A blog is part of the information that provides potential visitors to the happenings of our beautiful city: http://blog.aristaguesthouse.co.za/. In 2016 she was presented with the opportunity to be a co-director of Startup Grind's Bloemfontein Chapter. This spoke to her passion for networking and her belief in empowerment and knowledge-sharing. It is a first for Bloemfontein, and addresses the need for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and network with industry leaders within our City. --- Global Partner Google for Entrepreneurs (http://www.google.com/entrepreneurs/) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 450 cities and 120 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-we-are-hosting-jowhara-mahomed-the-eatery

  • Personality & radio with LERATO Lelia

    Needs a location

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-personality-radio-with-lerato-lelia OFM radio presenter proudly born and raised in Welkom in the Free State, Lerato Lelia is a ball of positive energy and she has firmly set her foot into the media industry as a force to be reckoned with. With no fear of hard work she is where she is today due to her grinding. A former Architectural Technologist her journey in media started a bit later in life. Studying for the second time towards her degree in Psychology at Rhodes University that’s when the radio bug bit and has never let go. Campus radio station, Rhodes Music Radio was her first point of call and the rest, as they say, is history. She has tried her hand at music compiling as well as journalism the media industry continues to be her oyster and the list is endless on what she has accomplished in the different work roles she takes on. Fast forward to present day life, she is the first black female to host a daytime radio show on OFM called Midmorning Magic and is the host/producer/content producer of the show. She runs the desk and the conversation all on her own. She is an MC and sometimes dabbles in pageants as a judge. She was the regional judge for the 2016 Miss South Africa search. She has MC’ed for big corporates in Bloemfontein including the likes of SAICA and has also hosted the Best of Bloemfontein Awards. She received a Bright Star Award from the Liberty National Radio Awards in 2017. That means that she has been recognised by industry leaders as a future leader in the radio industry. This is just the beginning for this future radio mogul who is also on a mission to empower women through her work. At the end of the day, she is just a fun soul that loves to share the stories of fellow South Africans. Agenda 6:00 pm: Registration 7:00 pm: Fireside Chat 8:00 pm: Networking --- Speaker Lerato Lelia - OFM (Mrs) OFM radio presenter proudly born and raised in Welkom in the Free State, Lerato Lelia is a ball of positive energy and she has firmly set her foot into the media industry as a force to be reckoned with. With no fear of hard work she is where she is today due to her grinding. Hosted By Lesley Jennings, Chapter Director Owner and Founder - Lesley Jennings Arts Management I Manager Free State Youth Orchestra I Bloemfontein Chapter Director During my career as a self-employed entertainment coordinator and arts administrator, I have been contracted by the Free State Symphony Orchestra to manage their youth orchestra and the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State as a project administrator. I have had the pleasure of working with some really amazing talent. The experiences gained have been invaluable and, more importantly, highly enjoyable and satisfying. There is nothing quite like organising a successful concert, knowing that, in some way, you were responsible. Largely self-taught and with eight years of music administration/coordination under my belt, there have been some memorable experiences. I have interned for the South African National Youth Orchestra and continue to volunteer for their courses when I have time, these are the biggest concerts I have been a part of coordinating aside from the courses themselves. I continue to work with youth orchestras as they link into my passion to develop and empower the next generation of musicians. I have also had the pleasure of managing a local band, who have achieved remarkable performance goals in their two years together as a band, I am humbled to be able to work so closely with these musicians to realise their goals. Being self-employed lends itself to the need to overcome problems and learn new skills very quickly. As a result, my skills range from basic instrument repair, talent management through to budgeting and project management. Masha Gubkina, Co-director Born in Belarus, she relocated to SA in 2007. After completing an honours degree in French Literature at UFS in 2010, she applied her love of the language and knowledge of French culture to tutoring at Alliance Française de Bloemfontein. Currently, she is a President of the AFDB and Delf/Dalf language proficiency examiner, freelance translator and interpreter. As the multitasker she is, Masha, as all know her, is a co- owner of Arista Guesthouse. Through this endeavour she has been privileged to do what she love, work with people and ensure that they are happy and comfortable; whilst attending to the day to day running of a successful business. She has a passion for Bloemfontein and is especially gratified when she is able to promote our wonderful city to the weary traveller who thinks a stop-over or business trip to Bloemfontein will be 'boring'. this is how the Arista blog was created. A blog is part of the information that provides potential visitors to the happenings of our beautiful city: http://blog.aristaguesthouse.co.za/. In 2016 she was presented with the opportunity to be a co-director of Startup Grind's Bloemfontein Chapter. This spoke to her passion for networking and her belief in empowerment and knowledge-sharing. It is a first for Bloemfontein, and addresses the need for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and network with industry leaders within our City. --- Global Partner Google for Entrepreneurs (http://www.google.com/entrepreneurs/) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Local Sponsorss PayFast (http://www.payfast.co.za/https) Secure, Online Payment Processing for South Africa. PayFast is a payments processing service for South Africa. Payfast now allows sellers to accept Bitcoin payments. Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.comhttp) At Microsoft our mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential. Loerie Shortz (http://loerieshortz.com/shortz/) Videography and Photography Partners Mazars (https://www.mazars.co.za/) Mazars, an integral player in auditing, accounting, tax and advisory services in South Africa. We provide the same diligent and personal service to everyone we are engaged by as a part of the Mazars group. A versatile blend of personal attention coupled with huge resources and experience positions us uniquely in South Africa. We are a firm with the power and presence to rival the world’s largest accounting firms but with the agility to respond to our clients’ needs quickly and decisively. Rooi Stoel (http://www.rooistoel.com/) We help our clients to dominate their market by creating inspiring video content for different platforms. Blanc Designer Goods Arista Guesthouse (http://www.aristaguesthouse.co.za/) Nestled in the leafy, tranquil and historical suburb of Dan Pienaar in Bloemfontein lies Arista Guesthouse. " We at Arista Guesthouse need to be a destination not simply a place to stay. " Our rooms are tastefully and elegantly designed, decorated with the excellence that one would expect in your own home. Come and enjoy the serenity and peaceful ambience of our gracious and relaxed surroundings. Service excellence and ambiance at Arista Guesthouse will set us apart from the competition. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 450 cities and 120 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-bloemfontein-presents-personality-radio-with-lerato-lelia