Skylight Coworking Space

Skylight Coworking Space: Skylight Coworking Space

MONASTIR, TunisiaMONASTIR, Tunisia
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

My venture is about a Coworking Space where our clients can work in a collaborative way yet each on his own project by sharing a work space.
Great quote captures the essence of what we hope to provide our clients with: “when great people are in a single room, great things can happen.”

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Tunisia suffers from a high average of joblessness (16.4% in 2014). The Tunisian government did take measures to fight it like reducing the taxes. Yet, they wont be effective if people are not familiar with the entrepreneurship culture nor do they have the necessary skills. Moreover, the costs of renting an office are considerably high in Tunisia. What we are missing is an incubator where young entrepreneurs can start working on their ventures.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Skylight will provide for its clients, essentially the young entrepreneurs, a quiet, yet dynamic space to do research, to work on group projects, to enlarge own network and to start a venture. Instead of renting an office and working alone, now these entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to rent a desk and share a workspace helping them avoid the high costs of renting an office, and they will find a perfect atmosphere to start a venture and collaborate eventually with one another to solve the social problems in the community starting with the joblessness issue. we will also provide for the first time in Tunisia a 3D printer. This will help members work on their prototypes and take their startups to next mevel and help them seek funding.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Coworking is self-directed, collaborative and flexible work style that is based on mutual trust and the sharing of common core objectives. The clients of Skylight Coworking Space will find opportunities for collaboration. We will be the animator to make sure that each of our clients meet the right people in order to start and to ensure the sustainability of their businesses. With Skylight, there are no limit for opportunities. These will increase obviously their well-being by working in a collaborative atmosphere and accumulate, through cooperation not competition, greater economic, social and cultural capitol more so than through that which is possible in an isolated form of work.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

In my first year, I want to attract the youngsters and improve their entrepreneurship skills. I want to start building a powerful community in this workspace that will lead the positive change in Monastir by organizing TEDx events. This will help me promote fundamental principles for Skylight like Innovation, Collaborating, Empathy and Social Entrepreneurship which will attract eventually startup owners to work in Skylight. I started this phase by organizing my first TEDx under the theme “Dare to Change”. Through hardships and modest means I managed to put quite a show that was met with success and attendees 'admiration, who were inspired by the outstanding ideas of our speakers from different disciplines including Wafa Sayedi – CEED CEO, Bassem Bouguerra – Software Engineer at Yahoo, Raya Ben Guiza HAPAX Agency CEO. Many of these speakers will be also partners of Skylight.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

In the first year of operation, the success of Skylight Coworking Space depends essentially on two factors: leading a successful marketing campaign and organizing several TEDx events to spread this new spirit of creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship. And helping initiate at least 10 Startups in Skylight in its first five years. In 10 years, we aim open another Coworking Space in the government next Monastir, Sousse, the second biggest city in Tunisia, and so we believe the impact of Skylight on economy will considerably raise, reaching an objective of 3-4 startups per year.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We estimate the initial costs of Skylight Coworking Space to be 7102,85$. They will be covered by a grant of 750-1000$ from Ashoka-UCONN, foundation “Tounes Ta3mel”, a micro credit, fundraising from local authorities and an investment of my partner. The initial investment will be 8500$. Through memberships, we hope to start with a revenue of 500$/month to improve the quality of the project and its services, and reach 1500$/month within 3 years.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

In Tunisia, there is only one Coworking Space. It is Cogit Coworking Space, based in Tunis ( 250km away from Monastir).During the organization of our first TEDx event, I did collaborate with Cogit and its CEO Mr. Houssem Aoudi. We aim to extern this collaboration once Skylight does open its doors. So there is no other like-project in the area. The organisms addressing the same social issue (joblessness) are govorenmental in most cases which offer only assistance during lunching a venture, but not a workspace. These organisms can also cooperate with Skylight Coworking Space.
Team

Founding Story

I am a big fan of TED, I watch often TED talks and whenever I get the chance I attend TEDx events and now I have even become a TEDx organizer. Throughout this events, I have learned something important, that to be creative and innovator, you must listen to the experience of others and exchange ideas with great people of thinkers and entrepreneurs. So I started to imagine, what if all the young entrepreneurs start working together yet each on his own startup, imagine the possibilities and the ideas that they can come up with if they are daily exchanging ideas, no limits for opportunities right!! These people will be like a snowball, together they grow and together they help a whole community grow!!

Team

In the 1st phase, my partner and I will minimize the expenses of human resources. We will recruit 2 students, with experience in the associative work, strong leadership and communication skills for a half time job. Some entrepreneurship skills will be a great add. In the 2nd phase, the criteria of recruiting will be more severe, as Skylight will work more with Startups, our members shall be professional trainers with at least 2 years’ experience
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