Workshop17 partners with ecosystem players who are carefully selected for their contribution to building innovation, entrepreneurship and lifestyle. Together with the members at Workshop17, these partners bring our community to life by adding tremendous value through their events, workshops, seminars and internships, which are all accessible to our members.

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V&A Waterfront

Workshop17, along with the V&A Waterfront, have partnered to design, build and manage Workshop17. With the vision of developing solutions for Africa, the collaborative community of 400 members comprises of large organisations, corporates, startups and individuals alike. The V&A Waterfront is a mixed-use development comprising residential and commercial property, hotels, retail stores, dining, leisure and entertainment facilities. Spanning 123 hectares, it’s a space where you can work, live, eat and play.

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HEAVY chef

The name comes from the term 'never trust a skinny chef.' Heavy Chef learned some valuable lessons from this simple phrase and so decided to register it as a company. The name stands for integrity, honesty, grit, sticktoitness and roll-up-your-sleeve-ity. It stands for action, for doing. Heavy Chef makes a difference to the lives that they touch directly, whether inside a business or via an entirely new initiative. Heavy Chef inspires their community members to break through their fears. To get off their couches. To turn off their screens. To connect with others. To become intrepreneurs or entrepreneurs. To start something.

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Imagine a day filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking video and mind-blowing conversation. By organising a TEDx event, you can create a unique gathering in your community that will unleash new ideas, inspire and inform. A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos previously recorded at TED conferences are shared with the community. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently, but all of them have features in common.



Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 1,500,000 entrepreneurs in over 500 chapters. They nurture startup ecosystems in 125 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Startups. The cornerstone of the global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs build their businesses, connect with strategic partners, and secure funding.



SiMODiSA Association has been established as a powerful industry led initiative to specifically address – and determine – what can be done to overcome the barriers that SMEs and start-ups face. It is critical to address these barriers, such as access to capital, access to markets, access to talent and the lack of supportive enabling environments, in order to catalyse supportive ecosystems where such businesses can grow and thrive.

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SynBurst is a dynamic team focused on delivering on our company motto, COMPLEX. SIMPLIFIED. We found that through our combined experience of more than 40 years in the ICT and telecommunication industries that there is a need for skilled resources to provide solutions that are both simple and reliable. Smaller businesses allow for a more personal approach and we believe that this is an advantage in the current industry landscape. Through direct customer relationships and friendships, it is more efficient in reaching the goal of delivering the right solution.

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THUD is a networking community of entrepreneurs contributing to each other’s success. THUD organises networking, pitching sessions, and dynamic talks.

THUD is currently active in 29 cities in 13 countries with a network of over 89 000 entrepreneurs and growing. They aim to have an active, vibrant, well-networked and economically active tribe of 1 million startup businesses across the African continent by 2020.

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With access to cutting-edge technologies, you'll be coding with world-class students who share the same passion as you. Students learn to access, filter, compare and use relevant data in order to solve problems and have access to campus 7 days a week. In a peer-oriented environment, students also evaluate each other's work and complete the feedback loop.

WeThinkCode_ is about more than just learning how to write lines of code. It is about learning to solve problems, learning which questions to ask and looking at the world a little bit differently. You will learn valuable skills in our Coding You for Success programme.

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Silicon Cape is a nonprofit company committed to building and catalysing the technology ecosystem in the Western Cape. Founded in 2009 by Vinny Lingham and Justin Standford, the organisation has grown to over 10 000 individual members, representing over 500 organisations with close ties with other professional bodies such as Wesgro, CITI and Global Entrepreneurship, the government of the Western Cape and the City of Cape Town. Its primary focus is supporting the development of high growth, high tech businesses in the Western Cape to kick-start meaningful economic growth, build new industries and create jobs.

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Workshop17 has partnered with iXperience to provide the innovative campus from which their summer school programmes are run. As they continue to connect the dots between work, learn and play, the iX core team is also based at Workshop17 full time. iX believes that experiential education has a profound impact on people's lives. Its summer study abroad program combines the three most important aspects of career acceleration: immersive classroom learning, hands-on professional experience, and cultural and personal exploration. iXperience has set out to challenge traditional education not just in South Africa and the United States, but all over the world.



Workshop17 has partnered with Rhiza Babuyele to support its business hubs in townships. At the moment two hubs are open, one in Diepsloot and one in Orange Farm, a third and fourth one are in preparation. This alliance with Rhiza is helping Workshop17 realise its vision to create a network of spaces and connecting communities across geographical, social and economical divides.

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Growthpoint is the largest South African primary listed REIT and is well on its way to becoming a leading international property company. It provides space to thrive with innovative and sustainable property solutions in a diversified portfolio of 533 properties it owns and manages, including 473 properties in South Africa, 59 properties in Australia through its investment in Australian Stock Exchange listed Growthpoint Properties Australia and a 50% interest in the properties of the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. It also owns a 26.9% stake in the €1bn property portfolio of London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market listed Globalworth Real Estate Investment, the largest owner of office space in Romania.

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Special Effects Media is a YouTube certified company and Google Multi Channel Network. They manage a diverse group of content creators in South Africa. Their YouTube partners are selected based on their quality of content ensuring their advertiser partners appear in guaranteed quality, premium and brand-safe YouTube content. The professional expertise and experience allows Special Effects Media to provide premium and management services for their partners and complete end-to-end influencer marketing solutions and video production services to their advertising partners. Special Effects Media offers brands similar opportunities to channel manage their uploads and to optimise their content according to YouTube best practice - ensuring the best opportunity for organic reach.

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Flutterwave is a global payments technology company that helps businesses make and accept payments from anywhere in Africa on a single platform. Our technology is a one stop shop for companies looking to go global and scale with ease when it comes to payments. Since launching in 2016, Flutterwave has processed over $3B across 84M transactions for clients such as Uber,, Flywire, Facebook,  among others. 

Their product, Rave, supports collections and disbursement across various payment types such as cards, bank accounts, mobile wallets, QR, among others.



To entrepreneurs, funders and staff, Property Point is a small business accelerator that is SME centric; they assess, advise, encourage and care. They are connectors and enablers understanding unconscious bias in dealing with black business and place this at the core of their approach. Property Point are change agents in the entrepreneurial space driven by a passion for small business. They believe small business can make a big impact - and are committed to providing the tools, skills, and support to make it happen; empowering and uplifting communities and restoring dignity through job creation. They are about understanding entrepreneurs and walking the journey with them to reach their full potential.

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Workshop17 has partnered with Beyond Copy to help members connect with their ideal audience through the power of storytelling. Beyond Copy believes that the world needs a more thoughtful way of communicating with people. They work with you to organise your company’s thinking on an individual, group or organisational level in order to ensure there is a value transfer between you and your audience. They then help you communicate this value in a meaningful way through their bespoke content generation, facilitation and consulting services. Their aim is to help you share a story only you can tell.


Workshop17 has partnered with Signature Lux Hotels in Sandton, V&A Waterfront and Cape Town Foreshore to share exclusive discounted rated with our members.

Members who travel to Cape Town or Johannesburg are welcome to reach out to the relevant reservation contact and book their stay. All the Signature Lux Hotels are within walking distance to Workshop17 West Street, Watershed, The Harrington and Kloof Street.


what3words is a UK based tech scaleup that make it really simple to talk about location. They have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address that will never change. For example ///alpacas.machines.arrived marks the exact entrance to The Harrington space. what3words addresses are easy to say and share, and are as accurate as GPS coordinates. -33.928269, 18.423963 therefore becomes ///alpacas.machines.arrived
People use what3words to refer to any precise location – a delivery entrance, ride-hailing pick-up point, remote hiking trail, or parking spot with a perfect view – using just three dictionary words.
They have partnered with Mercedes so a what3words address can be spoken into the sat-nav and it will navigate to that exact square. In South Africa, what3words works with ER24 for emergency response, Dis-Chem for accurate ecommerce deliveries and the Automobile Association of South Africa for accurate roadside assistance. Check out their website to learn more!