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Dubai start-ups get scaling advice

AstroLabs hosts the latest of its Scaling Online Startups programmes

Dubai start-ups get scaling advice

Some of Dubai’s most promising high-growth online startups have been given expert scaling advice at the latest AstroLabs programme.

The three-day Scaling Online Startups event was hosted by AstroLabs between 13-15 March on the Diamond Trading Floor of Almas Tower in Jumeirah Lake Towers, with a group of industry experts leading workshops and collaborative sessions to help participants grow their businesses.

Among the experts were Haroon Syed of Resolution, who led a session on tracking, reporting and optimization; local venture capitalist Amir Farha of BECO Capital; CEO of performance marketing firm Daphne Digital; Hassan Mikail, Aramex global director of e-commerce; and Nicholas Wilson, head of strategy at LMTD.

Participants in the programme included Drawdeck, FabUp Inc., Esswara, Cook-a-Box, Timepiece360, Reserveout, Carpool Arabia, and Trenliya.

Dimitri Metaxas, managing director MENA of one of the programme’s partners, Resolution, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed partnering with AstroLabs. The team is doing a great job in helping prepare start-ups for that critical next phase of funding and growth.

“It is clear that Louis and Muhammed speak as authorities on the subject having been successful in their own regional venture.”

AstroLab founders Louis Lebbos and Muhammed Mekki were co-founders of e-commerce platform Namshi.com, and are now using their experience in the field to help other e-entrepreneurs in the Middle East thrive.

The next Scaling Online Startups programme will be in Cairo on 5-7 May, hosted by the GrEEK Campus in partnership with Flat6Labs.

The recent Dubai programme was also the launch of AstroLabs’ #40Forward partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs.

In joining the initiative, AstroLabs is one of 40 organisations globally that have committed to helping raise female participation in their local entrepreneurial ecosystems by 25 percent this year.