Astro­labs: Sup­port­ing in­ge­nu­ity by launch­ing MENA’S only Google-part­nered tech hub

ArabAd - - EVENTS - DUBAI, BY FAYZA BJAYOU

Mo­hammed Al Ger­gawi Key­note Speech

The Dubai Multi Com­modi­ties Cen­tre (DMCC) and Google have part­nered with Astro­labs to launch a tech hub in Dubai. The launch cer­e­mony wel­comed prom­i­nent guests, Mo­ham­mad Al Ger­gawi – Min­is­ter of Cab­i­net Af­fairs, Ah­mad bin Su­layem – Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of DMCC, Mo­hamad Mourad – Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Google MENA and David Grun­wald – Head of EMEA Part­ner­ships, Google for En­trepreneurs. Astro­labs Dubai has cre­ated the vi­brant tech hub to sup­port the most in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy-driven star­tups. The col­lab­o­ra­tion with Google is the first of its kind in the MENA re­gion, bridg­ing the gap be­tween the Dubai startup com­mu­nity and the global mar­ket.

Astro­labs, headed by Muhammed Mekki and Louis Leb­bos, aims to em­brace star­tups with the po­ten­tial to scale and have the big­gest im­pact on the re­gion and be­yond. Astro­labs cur­rently hosts over 40 start-ups across 15 in­dus­tries with founders hail­ing from 27 coun­tries and is pro­vid­ing a 6,500 square foot cowork­ing space to ac­cess and ex­plore new op­por­tu­ni­ties through events, net­work­ing and men­tor­ing.

Vim­bai Mh­langa, Tech Hub Man­ager at Astro­labs tells Arabad Mag­a­zine, “The launch of Astro­labs Dubai is sig­nif­i­cant be­cause we are the only Google-part­nered tech hub in the re­gion. This re­la­tion­ship al­lows us to give our mem­bers ex­po­sure to pro­grammes run by Google for En­trepreneurs in Sil­i­con Val­ley and all over the world in the 20+ Tech Hubs, and give them ac­cess to train­ing and men­tors from lead­ers in the tech­nol­ogy space.”

In his speech, Mo­hamad Mourad, Head of Google, Mid­dle East and North Africa, dis­cussed the in­spir­ing na­ture of growth in Dubai with Astro­labs rep­re­sent­ing an ex­em­plary form of tal­ent in the emerg­ing mar­ket. “Ev­ery sin­gle ini­tia­tive that Dubai has em­barked upon has suc­ceeded. Astro­labs is one of the best ex­am­ples of en­trepreneur­ship in

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