June Newsletter 2020

Supporting the New Wave of Tech Startups in MENA


Google for Startups Scholarships have officially launched!

AstroLabs, in partnership with Google for Startups, has officially launched our Digital Upskill and Startup Acceleration Scholarship Programs. The scholarships are designed to support our overall mission to grow and develop the digital ecosystem in the MENA region, and we’ve already awarded over ten inspiring entrepreneurs with Digital Upskill Scholarships!

The Digital Upskill Scholarship gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to take one of our Open Academy courses in Digital Marketing, eCommerce or Coding at a reduced cost. Successful applicants are selected based on how they plan to use their new found skills and knowledge to support an individual, a team or even a society.

The Startup Acceleration Scholarship will be awarded to 15 new businesses with proven scaling potential as well as a mission to create a positive impact on the world.

Learn More and Apply Here


Hear what one of our scholarship graduates Sumayya Patel thought about the Digital Marketing Online LIVE course she completed.





“The Google For Startups team is extremely excited to partner with AstroLabs to continue their mission of developing entrepreneurial talent and growing the digital ecosystem in the MENA region. We believe in AstroLabs’ mission and know that these scholarship programs will enable individuals and startup companies to get the training and skills necessary for them to succeed.”

Justin Nabozna, Partnerships Manager, Google For Startups

Calling All Tech Entrepreneurs Planning to Launch a Startup in MENA!

We are encouraging the top tech talent of the region that may have lost their jobs during this crisis to start their own companies! AstroLabs is committing AED 240K in grants to support these entrepreneurs to quickly and easily launch their new ventures at a cheaper price and at the most vibrant tech hubs in Dubai and Riyadh. We are also offering direct mentorship from our founders Louis Lebbos and Muhammed Mekki, our COO Roland Daher as well as our amazing network of mentors and industry experts.

Louis is personally committing to be first investor in at least one of the startups that gets traction by Q4 and a couple others in 2021. He will be calling on other investors in the ecosystem to join in and support this group that will build the next wave of tech startups in the MENA region.

*Apply for a grant the same way you would apply to become a member, visit our website, click on a membership option and note that you are applying for a grant in the last field of the form.

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Join our Upcoming Online LIVE Courses

Reserve your space at our upcoming Digital Marketing Online LIVE course. Both the English and Arabic courses will be starting on Sunday 7th June.




Join our next eCommerce Launcher Course starting on Sunday 14th June. This interactive online LIVE course will teach you all you need to know about how to build your own eCommerce business!
Book your seat for our upcoming Coding Bootcampstarting on Wednesday 3rd June, and learn how to code your own full stack application in two months.

Upcoming AstroLabs Online Events

We’re working hard to stay connected and to bring you useful tools and insights to help you thrive in this time and prepare for life post-COVID. We’ll be hosting a variety of Online Events with speakers from our extensive expert network, our community and even our very own team. Check out our upcoming Meetup events here.





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AstroLabs Recommends

Every month we ask our team and extended network to recommend content they have found particularly interesting, informative, relevant and thought provoking. Here is our curated selection of those recommendations. Enjoy!

Recommended Book: Shoe Dog
A beautifully written book to understand the real journey of entrepreneurs from Phil Knight, the founder of Nike.
Recommended Documentary: Dawn Wall
Cameras follow Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson as they take on the staggering challenge of free-climbing Yosemite’s most formidable rock formation.
Recommended Educational Video:
What is a Neural Network?
Making a complex tech topic more accessible.


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