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SA startup wins Global Startup Award 

Workshop17, a local workspace solutions provider and proudly South African startup, has scooped the prestigious Global Startup Award for Best Coworking space. 

Workshop17 wins Global Startup Award

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The announcement was made at the virtually held awards on 27 January 2021. 

 Paul Keursten, co-founder and CEO of Workshop17 comments on receiving the globally renowned award. 

 “We are thrilled to be a winner of such an established, global competition. It is a recognition for our vision to be a platform for entrepreneurship and innovation, and a tribute to the whole South African ecosystem of start-ups and innovator.”

The awards

The renowned awards take place every two years and it aims to recognize selected innovative and forward-thinking startups in a range of industries. Each selected winner is recognized for their consistent achievements in service and business. 

 Alan Winde, Western Cape Premier expresses that the award further recognises Cape Town as the tech hub of Africa. 

“I am very proud of Workshop17’s win in the Global Startup Awards. Over the past year, we 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. This award comes hot on the heels of Cape Town being named on Big 7 Travel’s list of the 50 best places for remote working in 2021. The Western Cape has positioned itself as Africa’s Tech Capital and offerings that allow digital nomads and major corporations alike the space and flexibility to work from anywhere, further cement our reputation and offering in this industry.”

This year’s award has reflected that emerging startup ecosystems in Asia and Africa are creating disruptive and scalable startups. In addition, the awards have showcased a global shift from nationally-orientated startup ecosystems towards a more global interconnected ecosystem.

The most recent awards had 18 Africa-based finalists vying for the winning position in a range of categories. 

The 2021 season of the Global Startup Awards will be extended to include the entire African continent, giving future-shapers in all 54 countries immediate access to an established, independent, and unified global innovation showcase. This year will see the addition of four more regions to the Awards – Northern, Central, Western and Eastern Africa.

This list of this year’s winners can be found here.

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Featured image: Paul Keursten, CEO and Co-Founder of Workshop17 (Supplied) 

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