By Sustainability Hub Reporter Mostafa Shahat
The Co-working spaces trend heavily spreads in the last four years after the Arab spring in 2011. Egypt is one of the Middle Eastern countries with the highest numbers of the co-working spaces that offer services and training to entrepreneurs.
Co-working spaces help to spread the entrepreneurship culture, and they support the entrepreneurship ecosystem by creating an environment where the entrepreneurs can find experts and join different entrepreneurship trainings and programs. These enrich their skills and knowledge about the field, as well as support their initiatives and/or organizations to become sustainable. Sustainable, not just financially speaking, but administratively speaking as well, as some of the co-working spaces are offering incubation and/or acceleration programs. There are some co-working spaces supporting entrepreneurs to find professionals of quality to join their enterprises, as well as offering project management tools to help entrepreneurs delivering good quality of services and products with lower costs and less time.
One of the most recent popular co-working spaces named Eco-Space was considered one of the best during 2015, since they started to offer real services to the entrepreneurs and to strongly sustain the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt. For example, by providing over 100 entrepreneurial programs and trainings to more than 4,500 entrepreneurs, professionals and recent graduates. Besides, they provided matchmaking services between experts and entrepreneurs.
Sherin Hamouda has founded Eco-space with her partner Karim Mebariz early in 2015. Sherin started her career by studying the Civil Engineering at Mansoura University in 2000, she joined the construction industry by having many different challenging leading and managerial positions throughout 13 years of experience untill she joined MetLife for Insurance as IT project manager and business analyst in July 2013. Furthermore, Sherin holds the position of Training Business and Technology Center of Prolink International Itd Director in Egypt.
Sherin believes in supporting others to find their way. Therefore, she joined a lot of NGO activities, such as volunteering as a mentor during Startup Cup competition. It was sponsored by USAID in 2013 and gathered almost 52 groups of entrepreneurs, and only seven winners were selected to receive a grant. In the last three years she has delivered workshops and trainings in entrepreneurship, project management, business planning, HR topics and business modeling to more than 1000 entrepreneurs from various NGOs, companies and universities in Egypt. In addition, Sherin founded Leaders house in 2012, where she is providing training and workshops about project management, planning and customer services to engineers.
Sherin loves supporting entrepreneurs and believes that co-working spaces are one of the main channels for entrepreneurs to find their tools and services to be sustained and grow up. She has developed the Eco Space Internship 2015 to help the young students and fresh graduates to enhance their skills in two majors “Project Management and Business Development”
Sherin says “I believe that Eco-space has affected many entrepreneurs’ life because of our support”, adding that they “are providing coaching, training, networking and matchmaking with experts, which helps entrepreneurs to easily sustain him/herself, as well as to grow up after overcoming the normal challenge for any business”.
Sherin was awarded with different scholarships to attend entrepreneurship programs and training; she was selected to join Youth Entrepreneurship through Sports in Bulgaria 2014, to attend the MetLife EMEA Leadership and innovation summit at Portugal in 2014, and to join The Ultimate Entrepreneur in Turkey 2015.