Founding Organisations:

The idea for Cape Town Startup Week came about from a coffee-house conversation between Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef, Sandras Phiri, Chapter Director of Startup Grind Cape Town and Kerry Petrie, GM of Silicon Cape. In true Cape Town startup fashion, the response to the proposal on the table was “heck, why not?”

Silicon Cape

A community of tech entrepreneurs, developers, creatives, angel investors, and VC's who are passionate about entrepreneurship and the role Cape Town plays in the future of South Africa and Africa.

Heavy Chef

Heavy Chef creates learning experiences for entrepreneurs. The name comes from the saying ‘never trust a skinny chef’. Heavy Chef celebrates people who walk the talk, who practice what they preach, who eat their own food. Heavy Chef offers events and Masterclasses to a community of around 20,000+ entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

Startup Grind Cape Town

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community in the world, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 1,500,000 entrepreneurs in 450 cities. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders.


Nedgroup Investments

Nedgroup Investments is one of SA’s most respected investment firms. The company hand picks independent managers in each fund category and partner with them to offer a range of expertly managed funds across all asset classes. This independence allows us to always put our investors first and to meet a full spectrum of investment and savings needs. In 2018, Nedgroup Investments has partnered with Heavy Chef to celebrate South Africa’s Top 5 Most Exciting Startups at Cape Town Startup Week.


Xero is one of the fastest growing Cloud companies in the world. Xero offers focused, yet robust accounting software with all the time-saving tools you need to grow your small business. Xero is partnering with Heavy Chef in South Africa, and CTSUW to provide a world-class learning experience. Check out the Masterclass here.


The fastest growing coworking space in Africa, Workshop17 creates and manages spaces in which startups, experienced companies, freelancers, profit and non-profit, big and small, can come together to talk, collaborate, experiment and innovate. Workshop17 is a platform for the greater ecosystem that works to shape a powerful, prosperous Africa.

CiTi Bandwidth Barn

As South Africa’s only township-based tech hub, the Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn is a key enabler of inclusive innovation, supporting entrepreneurs and organisations creating products and services for township economies.

Future Females

Future Females is a movement to inspire more female entrepreneurs, and better support their success. We provide a platform digitally, physically and emotionally where women can connect, inspire and collaborate with each other, and access the resources they need to succeed.


Our global family of 20+ industry-focused programs supports startups with direct access to an international network of the most relevant mentors, partners and investors to help them scale.

US Embassy / American Corner

American Corner, Cape Town brings the hippest speakers from the United States to South Africa – from rappers, to poets, coders and astronauts. The corner is filled with state-of-the-art digital tools like iPads, Chromebooks, MacBooks, digital cameras, video production equipment, and a full range of creative software. The space also features high-speed Wi-Fi, a professional sound recording studio, a digital classroom, green screen technology, and a coffee bar.

Inner City Ideas Cartel

The IC | IC offers scalable workspace for growing businesses that need an office conducive to productivity and opportunity by facilitating a coworking community of like-minded people.

Want to get involved?

Add your concept for an event, workshop, seminar or pop-up below and the CTSUW team will revert asap. Please note that submissions are democratically approved between the founding organisations and we cannot guarantee that your event will be considered.

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