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WorkShop17, the Only African Company to Win Big at the 2020 Global Startup Awards


Workshop17, the leading flexible workspace solutions provider in South Africa, emerges the winner of the Best Co-Working Space category during the global finale of the Global Startup Awards 2020, held virtually on the 27th January, 2021.

The Global Startup Awards (GSA) is described as the world’s largest independent startup ecosystem competition, created in 2012 in Denmark, with the mission of finding, recognizing and connecting future-shapers of the digital age from all over the world.

Workshop17 in 2019, was the regional winner from the Southern Africa Startup Awards beating other businesses as the Best Co-working Space in Southern Africa. They held off competition from 5 other Co-working spaces from Sweden, Czechia, Turkey, Portugal and Malaysia in the Best Co-working Space category.


What WorkShop17 Does

WorkShop17 provides co-working spaces in South Africa with 7 locations in both Gauteng and the Western Cape. They have a vision to create a space in which startups and experienced companies, profit and non-profit, big and small, are able to to talk, collaborate, experiment and innovate. And have so far provided conducive workspace for over 1500 members and 400 organizations, where they have created a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation.

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In being appreciative of the award, CEO and Co-founder of Workshop17, Paul Keursten, said,

“We are thrilled to have won this prestigious award and to receive recognition for our vision in providing a platform for entrepreneurship and innovation.”

He also indicated that this was a tribute to the whole South African ecosystem of startups and innovators, who were being honoured with the opportunity to compete on a global level with game-changing co-working space providers from across the world.


The joyous Premier of Western Cape, Alan Winde, who was obviously proud of this recognition, and points out that over the past year, they have seen traditional office spaces having to change and adapt to the new normal, and startups like Workshop17 have provided innovative solutions for remote working.

The other finalists in the global competition strongly representing Africa included, Momsays, Kalon Venture Partners, Lula, Lynette Hundermark, GrowthWeel SA, Lige Pty Ltd, The LoudHailer and WhyToys all based in South Africa.

The rest are John Paul Matenga of YouFarm – Zimbabwe, Appy Saude – Angola, ToolBoksi by Julius J. Mbungo – Tanzania, RoomScout Ltd – Mauritius, Dololo Operations (Pty) – Namibia, Lynn Musond – Zambia and Rwazi Joseph Rutakwangwa – Mauritius

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The overall winners at the Global Startup Awards

  • Best accelerator & Incubator Program: Axeleo – France
  • Best co-working space: Workshop17 – South Africa
  • Best newcomer: TrustChain – Hungary
  • Founder of the year: Kengo Kitaura – Cambodia
  • Investor of the year: Gobi partners – Malaysia
  • Startup of the year: Pleo Technologies Aps – Denmark
  • People’s choice (Individual): Sara Rajabli – Azerbaijan
  • People’s choice (Startup Ecosystem Supporter): Malin Frithiofsson – Sweden
  • People’ choice (Startup): Soundbooks – Denmark

After a successful introduction of the Global Startups Awards in Southern Africa won by Workshop17, it will soon commence in North Africa, West Africa and East Africa.

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9 Startups Accepted into the First Next Health Accelerator with $15K Seed Funding

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Intrepid Entrepreneurs, a non-profit designed to catalyze the power and promise of young people and women to fundamentally advance their societies, recruited nine startups for the inaugural cohort of the Next Health Accelerator.

Female, African entrepreneurs with a minimum viable product (MVP) from 26 countries applied to the program. After a rigorous review process, nine startups from seven countries were selected to begin the program in March 2021. The investor readiness accelerator is six months long and includes $15,000 seed funding, international mentors and partners, business support services, and value chain access.

The Next Health Accelerator’s focus on sexual and reproductive health is founded on the premise that unmet needs for sexual education, menstrual hygiene management, family planning, medication abortion, and STI diagnosis and treatment will be most sustainably delivered by local African enterprises.

Sexual and Reproductive Health issues directly affect 300 million women and girls on the continent and the productivity of the entire continent. For the continent to prosper and support its burgeoning youth population, it must harness the demographic dividend with access to equitable healthcare and economic opportunities. Next Health Accelerator addresses both.

Next Health Accelerator

The 2021 cohort includes:

  • Rocket Health: Provides telemedicine and pharmacy services for SRH needs including convenient lab test retrieval and medication delivery in Uganda
  • Verifie: Delivers STI self-tests and treatment products via doorstep delivery in Ghana
  • Pharmaserve: Specializes in delivering high-quality pharmaceuticals in Nigeria through a fully integrated inventory monitoring system
  • Girls Pride: Provides menstrual hygiene management education and skills training to create reusable pads in The Gambia
  • Pad-Up Creations: Employs over 100 people in Nigeria to produce single-use, chemical-free pads sold in 16 countries
  • Valorigo: Manufacturers single-use sanitary eco-friendly pads made from locally grown bamboo in the Congo
  • The Grace Cup: Delivers SRH education and reusable menstrual cups in Kenya
  • Kosmotive: Provides SRH information and access to SRH self-care products in Rwanda
  • Massira: Delivers SRH information interactively as well as access to SRH services and products through an online community in Ghana 
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Lindsey Simmonds, the Co-founder of Intrepid Entrepreneurs in a press statement said,

“After 15 years in philanthropy, I believe now more than ever that it is women who will solve women’s health challenges and it is Africans who will solve Africa’s development challenges.”

She continued that, development policies made in Washington, D.C. or London need to make room for the power and promise of the youth and women on the African continent. And on this premises, their Next Health Accelerator catalyzes African startups to investor readiness to make scalable, sustainable impact imbued with the commitment and determination that only comes from homegrown ideas.

Visit the to learn more about the Next Health Accelerator 2021.

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