South African entrepreneur wins the SA round of Global Chivas Venture competition

Global Chivas Venture competition
Matthew Piper, Co-founder, Khula App
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Co-founder of Khula App, Matthew Piper won the South African round of the Global Chivas Venture competition and now needs South Africa to rally behind him.

Khula App, developed by three local entrepreneurs is set to battle it out against some of the hottest startups from around the world, after winning the South Africa final of the Chivas Venture 2019 earlier this year.

Matthew Piper (25) the co-founder of Khula App, pitched his business against four other South African social entrepreneurs to win him the local round of the competition.

Khula App is an agricultural software ecosystem that aims to transform the current agricultural supply chain by empowering farmers, through the use of innovative technology, by allowing them to manage their costs, sales and profits. The app builds an underlying support network for the agri-supply chain and focuses on the core principles of shared economy, localisation and big data.

This month, Chivas Venture is giving away a share of $100 000 to the 20 finalists taking part in the competition this year. Each country must vote for their winner in the competition to win a share of the pot. Piper is calling on all South Africans to help him win a bigger share of the prize money by casting their votes on the Chivas Venture website:

Chivas Venture is a global competition that gives away $1 million in no-strings funding every year to social businesses who blend profit and purpose with the aim of having a positive impact on the world.

Piper will head to Amsterdam’s TNW Conference in May to pitch for a share of the Chivas’ $1m fund. Twenty all-star social entrepreneurs from across the globe will go head-to-head in the Dutch capital to compete for a place in the finals with the top five social entrepreneurs battling it out to pitch to an expert judging panel and live audience.

The Chivas Venture champions entrepreneurs who blend profit and purpose to have a positive impact on the world.

The Chivas Venture gives away $1 million in no-strings funding every year to the hottest social startups from around the world. Since the competition first launched in 2014, over 8,000 social enterprises have applied for the chance to receive a share of the annual $1 million fund. To date, the competition has awarded $4m across 100 startups, who have positively impacted over 1 million lives around the world.

This year, 20 entrepreneurs from around the world are taking part in the Chivas Venture 2019, with the Global Final taking place at TNW Conference in Amsterdam.

Last year at the Chivas Venture Global Final, social startup Change Please from the UK was awarded the largest share of the fund, with founder Cemal Ezel receiving $350,000 towards his coffee business that helps the homeless off the streets.

Find out more about the Chivas Venture and why blending profit and purpose is better at

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