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.

Workshop17 works with partners who add value to our members and events clients. We have:

  • Activation partners bring inspiring events and networks of innovators into Workshop17. Members and followers of these partners receive special discounts to Workshop17 memberships
  • Service, food and wellness partners add to member wellbeing and business success through services and discounts
  • Property partners and suppliers who contribute to the environment and comfort of our spaces
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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.



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.

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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Startup Grind hosts monthly events in 250 cities and 100 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.



SiMODiSA is a powerful industry led initiative to address what can be done to overcome the barriers that SMEs and startups face. Think of 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. SiMODiSA aims to catalyse entrepreneurship through public and private sectors. It also facilitates networking, information & opportunity sharing as well as thought leadership platforms.

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future females

Future Females is a movement formed by females for females. It is an empowerment movement aimed to uplift females and help them through their entrepreneurial journey. Future females first launched in Cape Town in August 2017 and has already grown to have over 3000 members of the community actively participating to drive our mission globally, with events in South Africa, Germany and Namibia. The Future Females mission is to accelerate the success of aspiring and existing female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to provide an environment where females can connect and access the necessary resources.

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Orange Corners is a platform for entrepreneurs to learn, stimulate their creativity, grow their business and expand their professional network. It is an initiative of the Dutch Embassy. Workshop17 is a founding partner of this initiative and provides space for Orange Corners entrepreneurs in Maboneng. Maboneng is also the core location for larger Orange Corner events which bring together desicion makers, corporates and entrepreneurs.

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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.



Singularity University is a global community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Its learning and innovation platform empowers individuals and organizations with the mindset, skill set, and network to build breakthrough solutions that leverage emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. SingularityU has local chapters in South Africa; one in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town.

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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.



Going into entrepreneurship takes a lot of courage, it is the greatest leap because you are diving into the unknown. Only the brave and courageous take this jump of uncertainty, believing and trusting in the vision and dream they have. But even with the drive, entrepreneurs experience tough times on the road, especially when it’s their first time running their own businesses, thus they need a lot of guidance and mentorship. Thriving.Network is a network that enables entrepreneurs to connect, learn and be inspired through unceasing mentorship, guidance and inspirational teachings. They help businesses and entrepreneurs of all levels grow through credible mentorship content that comes from a host of South Africa’s and the world’s best and accomplished entrepreneurs.



Workshop17 and Venture Network have partnered up to host a series of events and pitching evenings. Workshop17 designs builds and manages inspiring workspaces, perfectly suited for Venture Networks community of startups, investors and enablers.

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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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Formfunc is the Southern Africa dealer-partner for Humanscale. A leader in workstation optimisation, ergonomic furniture design and manufacture. Through the partnership between Formfunc and Humanscale, they provide sustainable and ergonomic furniture solutions to the residential, hospitality and office sectors through its provision of monitor arms, ergonomic office chairs, task lighting and other ergonomic tools. Formfunc strive to provide comfort in the perfect workplace by correctly assessing their clients' needs and then providing a series of ergonomic tools that aim to customise the workstation around each individual user and in doing so increase health, productivity and efficiency in the workplace.



She Leads Africa is a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams. With engaging online content and pan-African events, SLA's vision is to become the #1 destination for smart and ambitious young women. SLA promotes and uplifts local talent by proactively identifying promising African experts and practitioners and providing them a platform to grow. It offers training, advice, events and sharing.



Lionesses of Africa was inspired by the realisation that, just as for lionesses in the prides that live and hunt on the plains of Africa, life is tough for women entrepreneurs in this part of the world. Lionesses of Africa aims to recognise all those women entrepreneurs in Africa who are an inspiration to us all, those who have made it to the top of their fields and who are shaking up their industries and business sectors. Lionesses of Africa is a community which welcomes young women entrepreneurs of tomorrow who are looking for advice, insight, inspiration and a platform where they can promote and share their own business ideas and companies.



The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organisations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately believing that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty. 

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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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Dribbble Meetups are a chance for designers to socialise, talk shop, and foster their local design communities. They are self-organised events that range from the casual, five-person, coffee-shop roundtable to the chef-catered, bar-tended, 200-person extravaganza. Thousands of designers worldwide attend Dribbble Meetups each year. Isoflow hosts the Dribbble Meetups at Workshop17 every couple of months. Isoflow is a boutique design agency based in Cape Town, South Africa. They deliver well thought-out quality design solutions based on a lean UX philosophy.
website: Isoflow Dribbble Account

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Discover all the awesome things Cape Town has to offer, from delightful culinary treats to amazing nature excursions, adrenaline-pumping activities to chilling with a glass of wine, dancing on the beach to diving with sharks, watching whales to discovering hidden art treasures to shopping at the giant malls, sipping cocktails and admiring the sunset to walking along the treetops in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and so much more! Cape Town is Awesome is passionate about Cape Town and all it has to offer, and that is why they decided to start this brand and share their love for everything Cape Town with the rest of the world.

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Welcome Cape Town ladies to the Candibod Fitclub! The reason behind the creation of CandiBod Fitclub was to bring women from all cultures, shapes and fitness levels together, not only to break a sweat and start the day in a positive way, but to get a chance to network with the amazing women this city holds so close to her heart. Each workout begins with getting to know the ladies who have joined that day, we break a sweat and for those with extra time we grab a coffee for the perfect ending. The community was created for the women in Cape Town, to not only empower themselves by committing to the workout, but be empowered  by the women surrounding them.