Co-working has definitely landed in Cape Town, South Africa – complete with art-deco furnishings, gourmet coffee and fast wi-fi. Stimulated by an ever-growing startup space we have seen loads of unique offerings making their appearance – below we have featured just a few of our favourites:
Location: 66-68 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Pricing: Free for successful applicants to its accelerator
The Barn aims to inspire and nurture great ideas relating to science, technology, design and social innovation. The offering extends beyond a typical co-working space and includes many support services (accounting, business consulting and business planning) as well as events ranging from hack-a-thons to networking mixers.
For more information visit: http://bandwidthbarn.org/
Pricing: Monthly rentals from R1,500
The Bureaux is home to some of Cape Town’s newest and brightest young entrepreneurs and startups. And meeting Greg Beadle, the manager of this space, makes it very clear why. The open spaces and industrial look along with Greg’s all-hands-on-deck mentality means that young companies can grow uninterrupted.
For more information visit: http://thebureaux.co.za/
Pricing: R2,000 per person per month
Described as “a super decked out co-working space for people in the tech / mobile / web industry”, the Cape Town Garage is also home to 88mph (a seed fund and accelerator program which partners with Google in incubating African-focused tech startups).
For more information visit: http://www.capetowngarage.com/
Pricing: From R25 per hour to R995 per month
From the creators of the Woodstock Exchange comes yet another funky workspace in Woodstock’s other darling, The Old Biscuit Mill. Featuring all the standard amenities at a very affordable monthly rate and some of Cape Town’s best food and shopping on your doorstep, this is a great space.
For more information visit: http://daddyo.co.za/
Pricing: Varies from daily hot desk rates to monthly membership rates
With hubs in both Woodstock and Khayelitsha and another coming soon to Stellenbosch, Hubspace offers a unique blend of co-working and networking featuring both hot desks and memberships as well as spaces to host events.
For more information visit: http://hubspace.co.za/
Pricing: WINTER SPECIAL: R1,500 per month per desk (month-to-month basis)
Co-working with a playful twist. This three-bedroom house in Cape Town’s creative hub, Woodstock, has been converted into a co-working space for 15 “Inspirers” featuring “Sparkle”, “Shimmer” and “Glitter” spaces.
For more information visit: http://www.fairygodmotherinc.com/the-inspiration-playground/
Co-working and the City
Pricing: From R150 per day visit to R2,500 per month for a full-time membership
Aiming to support collaboration across various disciplines, Twenty Fifty does not specialise in tech or design entrepreneurs and businesses but opens its doors to anyone willing to interact and learn. And being located above one of Cape Town’s favourite coffee shops does not hurt.
For more information visit: http://twentyfifty.co/
Pricing: From R250 per day to R2,000 per month (shared space)
Dubbed the ideal working space for the urban entrepreneur, the Ideas Cartel promises to “inspire, encourage and enable our members by giving them the tools they need to create a daily work experiences that brings them happiness, opportunity, increased income and meaning.”
For more information visit: http://www.ideascartel.com/
Pricing: From R2,000 per month (for a one-man show) to R6,000 per month (for a four-man show)
№80 Hout Street dubs itself “an inspirational, open-plan co-working studio for respectful, easy-going, creative professionals”. It is a bright, spacious space with a curated contemporary art collection in the heart of the city currently inhabited by designers, coders, writers, photographers and startups.
For more information: http://www.coworkingcapetown.co.za/
On Cape Town’s Doorstep
Pricing: Ranges from R99 for daily drop-ins to R3,500 per month for a private four-seater office space
Started by “starter” Wayne to address his concerns around isolation and motivation as a solo-entrepreneur, Growth Space does just that. Located in Somerset West, just outside Cape Town, the space features inspirational quotes on every wall and a strong focus on shared knowledge and support.
For more information visit: http://www.sharedspace.co.za/
Location: PaardeVlei, De Beers Avenue, Somerset West
Pricing: From R150 for a day pass to R2,000 per month per member
For more information visit: http://www.vulcanlabs.com/coop
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