Team 2. Beit el Mashreq / Osama Ghaya

Hello everyone.
We are sorry for being late to share our experience with you all.
Anyway, here is our budget.
Our ASK would be a request to adopt and share our concept so that more people can find much cheaper and more comfortable places like ours.
Our beautiful hub

Thank you for watching the video. We invite you to give feedback to this team by filling the form on this link:

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Here are your questions from demo day, please try to answer them as best as you can. There are some overlapping questions so make sure you read through them all and create broad answers for the different categories

Anonymous: Can you clarify your idea?
Mark Dickinson: How will this be sustainable?
How much funding does it need and why?
Anonymous: A kind of cooperative work space, events space? It is not at all clear what you actually offer. And is it at all unique? There are many such spaces around the region.
Anonymous: Who is your specific audience? And why?
What is the desired impact?
Caroline Isaac-Hamdan: Needs some real clarity on problem statement and solution definition. Clear your mind and go back to basics
Anonymous: does it mean you will help “target” promote and market their products?
Anonymous: How is your initiative advancing the learning prospects of your community? (aside from language courses)
TJ: - Solution slide is a set of goals, but doesn’t describe how you’ll actually achieve them. How will you create the space you describe here?
Is this just a room somewhere? Is it a collection of spaces you’ll rent at low rates? Do you already own the spaces? What’s your particular value add? I just don’t really get it.
Anonymous: How would a safe space help in promoting education?
Anonymous: is this project more of a community center OR an educational solution?
Alia Nazar-Farhat: Where is your revenue model?
Anonymous: do you have competitors? whats the future plan?
Anonymous: What is the competition? other spaces such co-working, …
Jad Bejjani: Lovely Idea. Any plans to collaborate with municipalities? Did you evaluate the Capital Expenditure needed for this project?
Anonymous: Focused nicely on the space but more information about how it will advance education and life long learning would’ve been helpful instead of just being an available centre.

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Thanks for the feedback and criticism. Below are our replies to each one.

Anonymous: Can you clarify your idea?
Reply: The idea is simply to provide safe, supportive, and flexible space for all people who are looking for a comfortable place where they can achieve their tasks and work, study, hold meetings, and conduct workshops, all of these activities will be charged at very fair prices; prices that cover the prime cost of the activities and make a little profit.
The space would also be useful for a social club where people can build networks and relations.

Mark Dickinson: How will this be sustainable?
How much funding does it need and why?
Reply: for the funding, we already provided our detailed budget; the main part of it is necessary to start our project. Remaining items will be covered by our team members and our friends due to the 45% reduction of the grant.
The project will be sustainable by creating networks and building relations with customers and beneficiaries who will pay subscriptions for renting rooms for meetings, conferences, training courses.
We will also reserve a place in the centre for marketing purposes. People who want to market their home-made (local-made) products are welcome. Such products could be home-made food and handicrafts.
In addition to those incomes, our friends and other interested companies will provide us with a little financial support.

Anonymous: A kind of cooperative work space, events space? It is not at all clear what you actually offer. And is it at all unique? There are many such spaces around the region.
Reply: Yes, the project is cooperative work space in pert of it.
We are seeking to provide a space for people who belong to the middle and low class as there aren’t cheap spaces as many as spaces that are oriented to high class people in Lebanon.
Low-income people such as students, refugees, and daily workers would find the space very appealing as it meets their demands especially in terms of costs.

Our audience varies, in addition to potential audience mentioned above, it could also include people who pass through Beirut; might be an embassy visitor who wants to get some rest, or a short internship participant, and all people who are residents in Beirut.
This space will provide them with an opportunity to practise their skills in training, meeting and planning for their own start-ups, get some advice from other professionals, or even learning new skills by attending language courses.

The problem is the absence of common public spaces where students and young entrepreneurs, who belong to any class, can attend and use it.
The solution is to create such space in the capital which is easily accessible and provides services that I already mentioned above.

True, We are helping in promoting their products; for people who don’t have a place for that. We will also help them promoting their products via our social media platforms and our social networks.
Aside from language courses, we are providing space for students who can attend and do their researches, help each other. It is an open public space in general so students are the audience that will benefit from it the most.
In future, the centre would host events for refugee children and other vulnerable groups.

Actually we have started this project from our home in Beirut (under the name “Beit Sham”, you can check our Facebook page: ), so the plan is to continue the project with bigger place, many rooms, should be more centre-like than a house. A centre that provide all services I am writing about in replies; public cooperative space with 24/24 electricity and internet so that visitors and attendants can work, network, meet, learn, teach, and market their products.

When it comes to any common space, people are there to share their experiences, hold meetings, participate in training courses, film screening and so on.
Education is our project identity, its name is Beit Al-Mashreq; after the name of the region that one of its cultural values is to host others, the same our project is about, it is a centre established to incubate different cultures, people come and share their cultures through many things, from cooking in the kitchen to experience of their jobs, companies, NGOs, their countries in general.
Beit Al-Mashreq is a community with a culture which is open and interactive.

It is an educational centre in which there will be a community because Beit Al-Mashreq is not serving only one or two avenues. It works in the most interactive cities in the Mashreq region (Beirut), so the interactions inside the centre will lead to the emerge of a community that is a cultural and entrepreneurial one.

We are working on several ideas that make the project more sustainable, and we started to search for potential partners in this domain. The business model is still under development.

The more competitors there are, the higher the chance for people to reach their goals. So we encourage everyone to create similar centres in their areas.
Our project will inspire others to open similar centres.

Of course we need to communicate with the municipality, at least we need their approval to open such a space.
The municipality of Beirut is already supporting social/community projects, libraries, and culture centres, so it will be a good supportive partner for us.
For expenditure, please check our budget.

We are still working on turning our ideas about the education and culture into sustainable programmes. The centre will be open to any potential feasible idea.
Educational programmes that are already presented: language courses (English/French/Arabic).