After successfully launching and scaling one of the first E-commerce companies in the region, the founders of Namshi set on to build the ecosystem.
Muhammed Mekki and Louis Lebbos launched AstroLabs in 2013 to address the challenges they faced when launching their own company and enable MENA-based founders to unlock their potential as a result.
The launch gathered founders from Egypt, Saudi, the UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, and across MENA in a debut entrepreneurship enablement program. Seeing the eagerness and immense potential of the early entrepreneurial ecosystem, the AstroLabs journey officially took off. Through capacity building and entrepreneurship programs, the AstroLabs community grew exponentially across the region. In 2015, the community found its home at our Dubai coworking spaces in JLT.
After engaging hundreds of entrepreneurs in upskilling, digital innovation, and entrepreneurship programs across MENA, AstroLabs marks a pivotal milestone and officially launches its operations in Saudi Arabia, becoming the first licensed international incubator in the Kingdom with coworking spaces in Riyadh.
Today, AstroLabs provides a holistic model that enables the expansion of global and regional businesses to local markets, along with the effective transformation of local companies into vital contributors to the digital economy—shaping the future of MENA’s technology landscape.