Louis Lebbos and Muhammed Mekki Louis Lebbos and Muhammed Mekki

With the UAE heavily investing in the start-up space, AstroLabs is on a mission to develop an ecosystem for start-ups, power accelerator programs, and corporate organisations though its AstroLabs Academy.

The Academy is where the company aims to train and mentor entrepreneurs, but it is its Google connect that makes the company stand out. As the first Google-partnered tech hub in the MENA region, those who pay for a membership are given access to 22 other Google hubs around the world where they can connect with other entrepreneurs.

AstroLabs was founded in 2012 and launched in 2013 by Louis Lebbos and Muhammed Mekki, the founders of Namshi.com, the region’s fashion e-commerce portal.

Before Lebbos entered the start-up space, he was previously part of the general management development program at a US Fortune 200 multinational, form from there he joined Mckinsey & Company as a consultant in Dubai. He later led the marketing, onsite experience and human resources team at Namshi, but later formed AstroLabs with fellow Namshi co-founder Mekki.

Lebbos studied for his electrical engineering degree at North Carolina State University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Like his partner, Mekki was also a consultant at Mckinsey & Company and was also the brains behind Namshi. Now, at AstroLabs, Mekki has led the operations teams, as well as raise venture capital funding to fuel AstroLabs’ growth,

Mekki, who has received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, was also selected for a full academic scholarship as a Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Fellow. Mekki also holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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CEO, Dubai Future Accelerators

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