Collaborative Spaces Challenge
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Zoomaal and Mideast Creatives have teamed up to launch menaspaces.org, an initiative that aims to support the creation and growth of collaborative working spaces in the Arab World by fostering a community of open-source sharing, and to make sure every Arab city has a collaborative space open to the community.

The main components of this initiative are:

  1. $50,000 financial support to create & grow co-working spaces in the region, presented through matched funding, i.e the Collaborative Spaces Challenge.
  2. A directory of collaborative working spaces.
  3. Knowledge-based resources and whitepapers.

Collaborative Spaces Challenge:

This challenge aims to empower already existing co-working spaces, in addition to ones trying to establish themselves, across the Arab region. You could be a co-working space in Iraq that needs to buy a 3D printer but falls short due to a lack of funding, or you could be trying to bring your paper plans of a creative space in Egypt to life but end up putting them on the shelf because funding is difficult.

How does this challenge empower spaces?

"A rising tide lifts all boats". Spaces have the opportunity to run their crowdfunding campaign amidst a marketing hype that they wouldn’t have outside the parameters of this challenge, at least not for free. The countries that qualified in an earlier stage of the challenge are: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Iraq and Sudan.

Spaces will also have the chance to receive up to $10,000 in matched funding per country; qualifying projects will receive a matched amount for every contribution their project receives. For example, if Funder X contributes $200 to your project, you will receive an equally matched fund of $200 from Mideast Creatives.

Update: 

Due to a lack of qualifying projects from Algeria for this challenge, the total amount of matched funding remains 50.000. Per country there is a maximum of $10,000 in matched funding.


The deadline for project submissions is on the 12th of January 2015. 

Projects cannot be submitted during the challenge period: 15th of January - 27th of February.

All projects that are live on Zoomaal during the challenge period and follow the 'Collaborative Spaces Challenge' rules will be part of the challenge.






1
Geographical focus
Projects must belong to spaces from the qualified countries, namely: Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Iraq

2
Impact
The project needs to empower collaborative and creative co-working spaces in the SIX countries. The end result should be spaces that are able to better serve the growing entrepreneurial and creative ecosystems in the Arab world.

3
Up to $30,000
Only projects that require a maximum budget of $30,000 will be allowed to apply in the challenge.

4
Abide by Zoomaal's Rules
Projects must pass Zoomaal’s screening criteria which bans projects that include religious, political, alcoholic, R-rated or tobacco connotations. Projects must offer rewards as Zoomaal does not allow charity projects. The primary focus is creative and sustainable development projects in the Arab world.
If you think your project should be eligible regardless of the above guidelines, please send us an email to support@zoomaal.com and we'll reply to you within 2 business days.

Qualified projects will receive a matched amount for every contribution their project receives.

For example, if Funder X contributes $200 to your project, you will receive an equally matched fund of $200 by Hivos.

Your project can receive the matched funding until: 
- The allocated prize money ($10,000/country) is totally spent OR
- Until the deadline of the Challenge (February 27th) OR
- 100% of the project funding target is reached.

Keep in mind that:
- The maximum of matched funds per transaction is set at: $200



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