7 Co-working Spaces in Cairo

by Ahmed Gabr, March 24, 2013

Tired of the corner coffee shop, many entrepreneurs in Cairo are choosing to join a coworking space to get their startup off the ground. There are now several in Cairo that offer a comfortable and flexible work environment with great internet, support services, and opportunities to network and collaborate:

Here are the main coworking spaces available to entrepreneurs in Cairo:


AlmaqarrAlMaqarr:

Address: 20 El Shaheed Mahmoud Fouad Street, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.

AlMaqarr not only offers coworking space and conference rooms, but also regularly organizes social and recreational events for members. Founder Abdel Kader Ahmed explains that the space also offers training sessions in entrepreneurship, project management and other key skill development.

Workspaces at AlMaqarr include independent rooms that each fit around 15 people; the entire space fits up to 120 persons. AlMaqarr also offers conference rooms and lecture halls, and their monthly fee for space and services ranges from 1500 to 2000 Egyptian Pounds.

Facilities and services offered by AlMaqarr:

  • Personal lockers
  • Multimedia display system
  • Printer
  • Fully equipped kitchen  
  • Free hot beverages

district egyptThe District Egypt:

Address: 51B Misr Helwan Street, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.

The District offers entrepreneurs coworking space and full business services including a business address, telephone number and reception services for up to 6 months. The space offers individual workspaces, larger meeting rooms, two lounges, a library, a kitchen, and a rooftop terrace. 

Facilities and services offered by The District:

  • 25 independent workspaces
  • High-speed internet connection
  • 6 conference rooms in different sizes
  • Library
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Photocopy machine, printer, scanner and fax
  • Multimedia display system
  • Discounts on logistic services such as accounting, translation, graphics design, and company formation services

TIEC

Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC)

Address: B5 building, Smart Village - Cairo Alexandria Desert Road.

TIEC is a government initiative to support entrepreneurial projects in the Information Technology field. The center offers coworking space for young entrepreneurs and training seminars in business plan development, legal and financial counseling, cloud computing, and technical support.

Facilities and services offered by TIEC:

  • Computers
  • Access to the center’s mobile labs (Nokia mobile lab, and soon a BlackBerry mobile lab).
  • The center purchases market study reports and provides them to entrepreneurs free of charge.
  • The center facilitates connecting with key investors and businessmen by regularly organizing social events.

RasheedRasheed22

Address: 22 Rasheed St, #2 groundfloor and #16 3rd floor, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt, 11341.

This space relies on the community asking for a small fee for hourly, daily, or monthly use. More a hackerspace and open community than a straight coworking space Rasheed22 is good for strong internet and business meetings.

Facilities and services offered by Rasheed22:

  • Broadband internet connection
  • Photocopy machine
  • Printer
  • Hot beverages
  • Equipped kitchen

302labs

302labs

Address: 14 Ali Al Gendi St., Ahmed Fakhry behind The National Institute for Social Works, Nasr City, Egypt, 11371.

302Labs offers co-working space and conference rooms, allowing entrepreneurs to book their own office space 24/7. People can use a 302Labs workspace for a daily fee of 40 Egyptian Pounds, or a a monthly fee ranging from 360 to 550 Egyptian Pounds.

Facilities and services offered by Labs302:

  • Free internet
  • Printer
  • Library
  • Free hot beverages
  • Work panel

innoventures

Innoventures Startup Circus

Address: 124 Othman Ibn Affan Street, Third Floor, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.

Innoventures has created the Startup Circus – a coworking space that can fit up to 20 entrepreneurs at the same time. Subscription packages are available for 150 Egyptian Pounds per month, 300 Egyptian Pounds for 3 months, and 800 Egyptian pounds for a year.

Startup Circus provides access to a database of mentors and entrepreneurs as well as the opportunity to attend educational seminars on entrepreneurship.

Facilities and services offered by Startup Circus:

  • Free internet
  • Recreational space
  • Printer, scanner
  • Landline, fax
  • Snacks and beverages (for an extra fee)

icecairo

icecairo

Address: 32 Sabri Abou Alam Street, 1st Floor, Downtown, Cairo, Egypt.

icecairo is affiliated with the international co-working space company icehubs. icecairo relies on eco-friendly objects such as garden lights, recycled furniture, water purification system, irrigation system, a hydroelectric generating unit, and a fertilization system for the recycling and re-use of organic waste.

The cost of working in icecairo is 10 FGP per hour for the workspace or the recreational area. Conference rooms are available for 100 EGP per hour and 500 EGP for a full work day. icecairo also offers the possibility of booking the entire place for 1500 EGP for a full working day during weekdays, and 2500 during the weekends.

Co-founder Adam Molino-Berry explains that icecairo is currently working to establish “Fablab” which will be the first such "build-space" in Cairo, set to include a 3D printer, laser cutter, metal forming CNC machine, and other machines and tools.

Facilities and services offered by icecairo:

  • High-speed internet connection
  • 4 iMac’s
  • Photocopy machine, printer, scanner
  • LCD and display system

Do you spend time at any of these coworking spaces? Let us know how your experience has been in the comments section below.

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Ahmed is a writer and a tech analyst, passionate about technology and electronics. He is the founder of GadgetsArabia, the first tech blog in Arabic and the Editor-in-Chief of Swalif.Net. You can follow him on Twitter @ahmdgabr or by email at ahmedgabr[at]swalif[dot]net.



 
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