Kitchen Manager proves it has Traction

Kitchen Manager proves it has Traction


Traction Bus Gauteng ends with Kitchen Manager as the winners, Next destination is the Western Cape.

The first ever Traction Bus competition hosted by Startup Edge ended with Kitchen Manager being crowned the overall winners of the Gauteng leg of the competition. Traction Bus is a mobile pitching competition for African startup, the purpose of the competition is to connect, expose and celebrate the startup ecosystem participants while giving entrepreneurs an access to resources.

For the 2015 Traction Bus Gauteng edition, 4 hubs were visited to expose the entrepreneurs to the hubs’ offerings and resources. From almost 200 interested applicants, 19 finalists were chosen and allocated to the different hubs depending on the industry and stage of development of the startup. At the end of the elimination, 9 startups pitched for the prizes during THUDfest to a room full of entrepreneurs and representatives from some of Gauteng’s startup ecosystem participants.

The judging panel at the finals consisted of Alon Lits from UBER, Annie Porter from Edge Growth, Tendai Mashingaidze from Ubuntu Equity, Sam Manclark from JoziHub, Tshepo Molope from Lean Startup Machine Johannesburg and TrevorWolfe from Springleap. The pitching startups were judged on their business model, customer validation, and execution. Against all these criteria, the judges unanimously agreed on Kitchen Manager being the winner. Kitchen Manager is a solution that operates in the hospitality management software industry. Its main function is that it automates and streamlines the ordering and invoicing process between restaurants and suppliers by eliminating human error on the part of the supplier.

Kamogelo Sesing, from Kitchen Manager said that “Winning the 2015 StartUp Edge Traction Bus challenge opened up some doors for us in the way of resources, access to markets and some invaluable exposure. The experience also went a long way towards refining how we pitch our software”

The top 3 startups get access to office space, mentorship, vouchers, technical support, and assistance with funding and business support. The Coloured Cube and CubeBucks took second and third place respectively. The rest of the applicants were given opportunities to meet with mentors to refine their products/services.

With Traction Bus Gauteng finished, Startup Edge is currently preparing for Traction Bus Western Cape that will take place in March 2016 in Stellenbosch and Cape Town.

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Applications for TractionBus Gauteng now open,

Applications for TractionBus Gauteng now open,

Does your business/startup have enough Traction to get you a seat on the TractionBus?

TractionBus is a mobile start-up pitching competition for African businesses/startups. The TractionBus will be visiting 5 hubs in Gauteng to expose entrepreneurs to the startup ecosystem and the different offerings by the different hubs, 5 entrepreneurs are allocated to each hub and only one entrepreneur from each hub gets a seat on the TractionBus. The 5 winners from the 5 hubs will then participate in the finale for potential investment at #THUDfest2015 on the 18 November at 16:00 in front of investors and mentors. The purpose of the TractionBus is to connect, expose and celebrate the startup ecosystem participants as well as exposing entrepreneurs to the different offerings by each ecosystem participant.

StartUp Edge, the competition organisers, have partnered up with 5 hubs to ensure that entrepreneurs from different industries have access to resources, incubation and mentorship provide by these hubs. The five hubs are; The Innovation Hub in Pretoria, Riversands Incubation Hub  in Midrand, BizFarm also in Midrand, Alphacode in Sandton and Sophiatown Green incubator. JoziHub gets on board as a sponsor and will be providing technical assistance and coaching to the tech startups beyond the competition. The winning entrepreneurs will get prizes in excess of R200 000 in terms access to office space, mentorship and support to access markets and funding.

Participants can enter online by filling out the entry form on the StartUp Edge web site, and the main requirement is that the Business/startup must be less than two years old.

Entries will close on 31 October. 25 finalists will be announced on 4 November, the finalists will have to attend a pre-competition training session on 11 November. The competition will take place the following week, 18 November starting at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria and ending off at Sophiatown Green Incubator before heading to the finals at THUDFest. The public is invited to come to the finals at THUDFest to engage with the hubs and investors present on the day.