V&A Waterfront offers opportunities for culinary innovators and other entrepreneurs

The V&A Waterfront's is developing an integrated farm-to-fork food experience as well as offering more opportunities at its future-focused co-working hub Workshop17.
The V&A Waterfront's is developing an integrated farm-to-fork food experience as well as offering more opportunities at its future-focused co-working hub Workshop17.
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The V&A Waterfront's plan to develop an integrated farm-to-fork food experience is set to become a reality at the beginning of December, when Makers Landing opens its doors to the public at the Cape Town Cruise Terminal in E-Berth.

Makers Landing represents a R63-million investment from a partnership between the V&A Waterfront, who invested R48-million, and the National Treasury's Jobs Fund who invested a further R15-million. 

The primary objective was to create a circular economy, with each person in the food chain providing for the next one in a shared environment that tells visitors the complete story about the food they eat. 

Makers Landing shares the story of food from its origins in oceans and fields, through food preparation processes, to the finished product of deliciously plated meals. It also tells the story of food makers – of the farmers and fishermen; of bakers, distillers and other makers; of entry level trainees and master chefs; of the owners of small pop-up eateries and large restaurants alike.

At the heart of this food community will be a Kitchen Incubator where talented young entrepreneurs will be given the space, mentorship, guidance and skills they need to become tomorrow’s award-winning food businesses, chefs and restauranteurs. 

Applicants to the Kitchen Incubator programme should have an existing food business that is actively selling or operating, and that has been in operation for less than three years. Graduates from the programme can then extend the period of the training at a small cost. 

All tenants will be selected by a curatorial panel of industry experts who will assess the potential of tenants against various criteria that includes the V&A Waterfront’s transformation policies, diversity, sustainability, commerciality and credibility.

For further information, about Makers Landing visit: Makers Landing Incubation Programme or Makers Landing Incubator Application.

Co-working hub

The V&A Waterfront's future-focused co-working hub Workshop17 is marking its 5th anniversary by extending a helping hand to entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs, innovators, professionals and start-ups are invited to become part of the dynamic community of 50 active organisations. The first two months will be free to anyone who signs up for a 12-month membership, said Paul Keursten, CEO of Workshop 17.

Workshop17 was born from the V&A Waterfront's desire to invest in people and ideas by creating a space in which like-minded individuals and companies, whether large or small, could interact and inspire innovative and creative solutions to benefit society.

In 2015, entrepreneurs were invited to become part of the new Workshop17 venture. In the years that followed, the V&A Waterfront not only achieved its social objective, it made a significant economic impact too. Many of the smaller start-up members with only two or three staff at their beginning grew so significantly they eventually had to move into bigger premises to accommodate a staff complement of 40 or more.

Workshop17 now houses a coding academy as part of the 50 mostly tech-oriented members. A focus area that has evolved significantly is innovative education through members and partners such as iXperience, WeThinkCode, HeavyChef and many more. 

As the V&A Waterfront intended in 2015, Workshop17 has become an innovation hub that facilitates a community of talented, passionate and diverse individuals, all learning and working together to create new solutions to big and small problems. The co-sharing arrangement enables interaction between the public, entrepreneurs, innovators and designers, as well as between disciplines, sectors and cultures in its endeavours.

Anyone interested in joining the Workshop17 community can call 021 205 9000 or email watershed@workshop17.co.za.  

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