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Inner City Ideas Cartel Opens its Second Co-working Space in Cape Town
BONUS: 25% Off your first month! Download the free 'Cartel House' app and use the 'capetownmag' code
I’m standing in a chic top-floor office in New York. At least that’s what it feels like inside IC ii, the newest project of Inner City Ideas Cartel (IC | IC), a brand that has already established a popular co-working space in De Waterkant. This second one though sits right in the heart of the CBD on the corner of Wale and Loop streets and is highly customised to achieve the general IC | IC mission of creating an inspiring home for Cape Town’s entrepreneurs.
Inner City Ideas Cartel was founded in 2013 by Schuyler Vorster, who, together with a group of other passionate people, sought to solve a problem: the fact that it was incredibly difficult to find a suitable ‘workstation’ as a pioneering businessman or –woman in Cape Town. In the last few years, the Mother City has certainly jumped on the global co-working space trend, but Schuyler maintains that his aim is not just to provide office room, but to help business owners realise their dreams – he just happens to facilitate this process by providing a comfortable environment for people to work in.
Aside from being comfortable, Schuyler believes that a work setting also needs to be inspiring in order for its dwellers to truly reach their potential. The premium co-working venue creates such a milieu by paying great attention to detail. “You see, no door handle in this building is the same,” explains Nicolette Basson, the general manager of IC | IC. This level of intricacy seems to echo throughout the rest of the building, which boasts a huge range of extra bits and bobs so that folk who use IC ii as their work space literally don’t have to worry about a thing.
“Think of anything that you feel you need to be productive and I can almost guarantee that we provide it,” says Schuyler. From fast internet, name plates and boardrooms to parking bays, 24-hour access, unlimited coffee and even admin support, the snazzy spot really does offer it all. Budding business owners and start-up folk can choose from various room categories, including the basic shared space, semi-private and private suites, based on different membership options. All of these alternatives include at least some of the aforementioned perks as well as access to the barista station where members can buy breakfast, lunch or a cup of coffee from Richard, a friendly barista who is also an entrepreneur (he’s going to launch a shoe shining service at IC ii soon).
And that’s precisely what Schuyler wants to see happening: the development of new ideas (hence the name of the brand) and the sharing of these ideas through a solid network of like-minded people who help each other to grow and thrive in whichever field they are in. Speaking of creating a culture of exchange, most of the décor items and furniture that you see at IC ii are sourced from people that the company has worked with. So from the designers behind the rustic handmade oak tables and stools to the craftsmen responsible for the experimental LED light walkway on the first floor, you can bet that Schuyler and Nicolette know them by name.
The building itself might not be in New York, but the energy and ambience that it exudes certainly mirrors the way in which the Big Apple has been depicted in popular culture: as a centre of innovation and a place where dreams are born and realised.
Note: There are lots of developments in the future to look forward to, including a 10-storey glass building that is in progress and will feature a rooftop infinity pool, more office space and a retail centre.
Interior Architect: Brigid Randall of ATTIK design
Backing of Development: Dave Linder - King's Cross Property
Tip: The Inner City Ideas Cartel is running exclusive tours for those eager to take a peek inside the IC ii. Interested entrepreneurs (including owners of small to medium-sized businesses) can book these excursions via email ([email protected]) or via the company’s Facebook page.
BONUS: download the free 'Cartel House' app and use the 'capetownmag' code for 25% off your first month(!).Membership fees at Inner City Ideas Cartel ii reflect the premium service that it provides. The standard co-working space is priced from R3000 per month, the semi-private suite costs from R4500 per month and the private suite, which is perfect for small start-ups of no more than six people, goes from R15,500 per month. There is also a Pay-As-You-Go option for the travelling worker. All prices include access to the barista station, two eight-seater boardrooms, fast internet and more. For more information and enquiries contact IC | IC by emailing [email protected] (ask for CapeTownMagazine.com specials) or visiting the website.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday:24 hours a day
113 Loop St (close to corner of Loop Street and Wale Street) | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 824 1781
by Dudu Luthuli
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