Mira Abdul Samad
Antwork, the hub for the independent workforce, celebrated its first edition of “Antworking Day” last Thursday, October 26, at its campus in Spears, Beirut.
Antwork’s own version of Demo Day, “Antworking Day” was a culture building event that aimed to nourish and help startups and companies via the power of networking. Today, Antwork houses different startups and companies that cater to a wide range of work fields and sectors.
“Antworking Day” was aimed at creating opportunities for its community; it brought together an exclusive network of investors, coaches and mentors who were introduced to Antwork members.
“It is these points of connections that open doors for productive collaborations and future endeavors for startups, introducing new jobs and new blood to the local Lebanese market,” said Zina Dajani, founder and CEO of Antwork.
More than 25 startups, companies, and freelancers gathered to exhibit a wide range of products and services, from e-commerce and robotics to branding and hardware solutions. This was followed by a series of talks from a selection of coaches and members.
Around 300 people were present, from startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers, coaches and mentors, to other professionals, potential investors, VC fund representatives, and more. Key media representatives also attended the event.
“Antworking Day” is a reflection of what Antwork stands for, online and offline. It is a manifestation of what we built through hard work and collaboration with one another,” Dajani told the press. “The people we connect, the space we provide, the services we offer, and the opportunities we bring forth, are the key elements that make up our most valuable asset: our community.”
The Makers Account by Byblos Bank was the exclusive sponsor of the event. The Makers account aims to endorse young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, by celebrating their small victories, as they are in the process of creating who they are and changing their country for the better. This is a philosophy that Antwork supports and continues to reinforce.
Antwork manifested itself as a force to be reckoned with in the rising trend of coworking. “Our definition of coworking goes beyond the space. Coworking is a culture, it is a mindset and it is where the world is going with the rise of the independent workforce locally and globally, ” Dajani reminded her audience.
“Antworking Day” served as evidence of a rising community of passionate, hardworking people in Lebanon. Hopefully, more companies will follow suit, and create a fertile base for the upcoming generation of thinkers.