August - 2013
Businessyard? Tell Me More …
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Businessyard Background Info
The Parent Company, the coworking and the team
Our Mission is to identify and invest in
technology-related start-ups by offering seed
funding, mentorship and work space.
As well as offering coworking space for
freelancers and entrepreneurs.
Businessyard For Technology Investment
is a registered company as per the Egyptian law no. 59 year 1981.
Company type: Joint Stock Company
Year of establishment: 2013
Licensed Activities: Technology Development and Consultations,
providing business services, subleasing of office spaces, training,
Businessyard The company and the mission
Businessyard Coworking is a proposed Coworking space targeting small business
individuals, computer workers, independent coders, writers, small nonprofits and
mobile businesses. The concept is to create an environment that takes the new
Coworking trend and commoditize it using the best practices and policies by which
big business operates. Additional concept benefits would take advantage of
economies of scale that private individuals could not.
We offer a varied set of space options and services which a small business or
independent contractor need to perform at the highest level. There are low cost
options from daily use to part‐time use of space to full‐time space and even offices
in certain locations. Membership will make numerous services available to members
which are needed to effectively succeed.
Why Egypt needs more coworking
Every business needs to operate from somewhere and we believe that working
at home is a wonderful answer for some -given Cairo traffic curse- but less
productive for others and the lack of social and business interaction is
detrimental and can have negative effects to the home-office worker.
We provide inexpensive space from which to conduct business that provides
value and leverages additional business services that will enhance any small
business. The coworking concept will gain traction in our current economic
downturn; we believe there is a need to help freelancers, independents and
small businesses by providing space and benefits in the niche between home-
offices and rental of executive suites or private office space. In a declining
economy, small business runs on very tight budgets but still must present
themselves as a high value, viable vendor of goods and services
Coworking Areas, Meeting Rooms and Recreation
The entire space is air conditioned
High speed Wi-Fi
Copy & printing service
This is the main Coworking Area
Accommodates 10 seats , and
includes the main library and open
This is view for main entrance:
Registration desks and waiting area.
It also includes the copying and printing
facilities, and to handle all the requests
of the community members.
This is the second Coworking Area
Accommodates 8 seats , have white
board and attached to the main
This is small meeting room that
accommodates up to 6 persons.
Businessyard interior design was made
to allow morphing some coworking
areas into meeting rooms in no time.
This large work area is a 10 persons
meeting room, equipped with white
board and large screen for
The terrace offers amazing bird-view
to Al-Mesaha square, overlooking the
German Institute “Goethe-Intitut
Businessyard has open-air spacious
terrace ideal for socialization, chats,
informal meetings, private
discussions, phone calls and smoking.
A special area is called “The Phone
Zone” is set far enough from the
coworking spaces, to help the
members taking phone calls in privacy
while not disturbing the coworkers.
Businessyard also includes recreation
room for relaxation, and to spice up
the tough work days with some game
The space etiquette and friendly guidelines
Coworking spaces are not libraries, but they
aren’t coffee shops either:
You don’t have to whisper and then feel the
guilt as what happens in the libraries.
Greeting the coworkers is encouraged, short
conversations are ok, and the very short
phone calls are acceptable in the coworking
areas. For anything else, please choose the
appropriate facility [The terrace, the lounge,
the meeting room or the phone-zone]
The coworker is –by nature- a global worker:
no matter how loyal you are to your home-
land, someday you might be sitting in other
coworking space in other city, seeking some
help. So, just be willing to help.
You’re NEVER fully dressed without a smile:
The least you can do to your coworkers is to
share a smile. We understand that not every
day is a lovely day, since we live here too! So,
don’t push yourself to fake a smile, just
remind yourself to make it whenever possible.
Make the ‘Shareconomy’ work:
Your desk is shared with you by a predecessor,
and you will be sharing it with a successor. So,
be kind enough to leave it clean and
organized. Therefore food & eating is in the
dinning & Kitchenette area
Use the universal Do-Not-Disturb tool:
The magic do-not-disturb sign is your
headphone! Putting it on means that you are
concentrating and don’t want to be disturbed,
even if it is switched off!
The coworkers are speaker freakers!
Yes we have phone zone& terrace area for
your long calls, however we urge you to be
kind to the environment; and put your phone
on silent or vibrate mode, and don’t use the
speaker phone option as most of the
coworkers are “speaker freakers”
The Environment …
Entrance of the terrace is from the
We are trying to maintain the space
as green as possible, so please think
twice before printing
The coworking areas are no-smoking
Smoking is only permitted at the
The kitchenette offers hot and cold
beverages at a charge, and it is the
right place for food and eating
Our Final Message
We hope to help inject some enthusiasm
and energy into Egypt by corralling
talented folks out of their homes and
into one place to create an inspiring and
productive working space of a good
culture and values.