An engine of economic development

The universities become an engine of economic development and venture creation in our country.

Work Zone Keynotes: Psychology of entrepreneurship

In these few years, our universities faced a great student involvement in the Tunisian entrepreneurship ecosystem. . We are witnessing a lot of community partnerships, and a boom in the academic leadership as well as an openness to new ideas.

Many students take courses and trainings every year in entrepreneurship and innovation to catch the entrepreneurial spirit and develop their skills and tools to launch their start-ups.

The number of business programs, university wide programs, campus incubators such as ESPRIT incubator, ESSECT ENSIT BUSINESS INCUBATOR… and support for student entrepreneurs has grown.

Moreover, entrepreneurship has become a major concern to both scholars and policymakers because of its significant role in the Tunisian economic and social transformation.

As a matter of fact, and as a coworking space, we choose to be part of this transformation and helping students to be a future effective entrepreneurs, by extending our partnership with university clubs and by sponsoring their business challenges, bootcamps and hackathons.

Partnership with INNOVEN Junior Entreprise

Working with communities like INNOVEN Junior Entereprise, startup weekend Manouba, Ektebli:INSAT Press, SecuriNets, National Information Technology Day… is a step forward to engage more students in entrepreneurial activities.

“The beginning is always NOW.” ― Roy T. Bennett

However, we should understand that entrepreneurship activities, trainings and courses alone cannot transform these students into real entrepreneurs. Thus, the need for understanding the entrepreneurial behaviour and psychology of these students is on the top of our concerns. That’s why, since our inauguration we have focused on the psychology of entrepreneurs, self-growth and self-esteem.

Written by: Ibtihel Hamraoui Web and Partnerships Officer

Edited by: Tricky Safa Communications Manager


Entrepreneurial Bootcamp 2.0 — We Are Change

It is a fact that, since the revolution, the Tunisian startup scene has expanded : Talented young university graduates are launching startup companies, creating an impressive wave of civic entrepreneurship throughout the country. In fact, Despite the challenges, Tunisan young people are dreaming and working on being successful entrepreneurs and Tunisian startups are now growing in number.

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”

One of the challenges facing the Tunisian youth is the issue of skills : there is a mismatch between the education the system provides and the skills needed for the job market. This means that university graduates’ acquired skills might not be conducive to the needs of the current day market, which requires a mindset of independence and entrepreneurship.

In this context, the Work Zone co-working space, aiming at providing opportunities for knowledge exchange and for networking among aspiring entrepreneurs, collaborated with the INNOVEN Junior Entreprise which organised the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp 2.0 within the Université libre de Tunis (ULT) in which students gathered and were exposed to lectures, conferences, inspiring talks, success stories from guest speakers, soft skills and business coaching, workshops and a competition to pitch their ideas.

In this second edition of the Entrepreneurial Camp, Mr Marouen Hadhri, Mr Khaled Khechine, Mr Mahdi Mkaouar, Mr Mahmoud Belghith and Mrs Marwa Ghazweni shared their exceptional experiences with the participants. Then, a training session on ‘’l’éveil de l’énergie créative’’ was carried out by Coach Insaf Amor. And finally a workshop on “Stress management and public speaking” was led by Mr. Mahdi Mkaouar followed by another workshop dealing with the “ Elevator Pitch” presented by Mr Marouen Hadhri.

The Camp ended on a positive note, as the winner “ Rania Ochi”, A student at the Ecole Supérieure Privée d’Ingénierie et de Technologies — ESPRIT, in the final challenge was given a month-Pass in the Work Zone co-working space. This initiative is part of the this co-working space engagement and commitment to encouraging young dreamers.

Here, people evolve together. We transform buildings into dynamic environments that stimulate creativity.

written and edited by:

Tricky Safa, Workzone Communications Manager


Work Zone coworkers get access to Hive 12 under a new Partnership

Reputation+ community+ shared access = collaborative consumption

When you need to innovate, you need collaboration — Marissa Mayer

Work Zone is adding another service through a partnership with Hive 12 coworking space.

Under the deal, work zone and hive 12 are providing their communities a double roaming option when they are traveling to Sousse or to Tunis which means, the two partnering spaces welcome both members.

It’s a big added value to both co-workers and additionally brings them closer to each other.

This partnership aims to gain new connection from interacting and collaborating with other communities as well as creating a network full of opportunities and knowledge exchange.

This Collaboration brings the Tunisian entrepreneurs and freelancers together and encourages collaboration is the type of environment that foster our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Work Zone and Hive 12 have come to co-develop a full line of trainings, workshops and other programs that allow both communities to instantly get more experiences, networking, and clients.

Workshops: Social Selling — Alexandre Contart

On 26th of March, this collaboration rolled up as a first step a workshop “SOCIAL SELING” insured by Alexandre Contart (you can find more information about the workshop on our Facebook page), and the best is yet to come…

Written and edited by:

Ibtihel Hamraoui, Web and Partnerships Officer

Tricky Safa, Communications Manager