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The Forward Accelerator by AstroLabs is a unique opportunity for Saudi-founded tech startups to take their ventures to the next level in a comprehensive five-month program, fully subsidized for the highest potential entrepreneurs.

The accelerator is the culmination of a successful two-year capability development campaign by AstroLabs to build the digital and entrepreneurial skills of over 2000 Saudis. Our goal, supported by our core partners, is to help develop the next wave of scalable startups in Saudi, and this accelerator brings together all of our resources to realize this objective.

AstroLabs is a regional tech capability building organization with a specialized academy and network of coworking spaces. We have been running tech training programs across the Kingdom since 2013 (see some of the startups we supported below). This unique program will take place at AstroLabs Riyadh, the first international incubator licensed in Saudi Arabia, already becoming a vibrant hub of entrepreneurial activity in Saudi.

During the Forward Accelerator program, accepted startups will benefit from international best practices coupled with hands-on local and regional expertise from top entrepreneurs and expert mentors.

The 5-month program kicks off with an intensive bootcamp in Riyadh followed by a period of remote mentorship and implementation of 2 months before all participating startups come back to Riyadh for the 3-month core program in Q4 2019. See the program schedule below for further details.

Designed and run by AstroLabs, Forward Accelerator offers 15 local startups an unprecedented opportunity through:

  • A tailored approach focusing on the challenges and opportunities for each startup to maximize outcomes
  • Deep-dive workshops into the business model
  • An intensive program of sessions and talks by practitioners across industries and topics
  • Unlimited access to AstroLabs Academy programs (including Digital Marketing and customer acquisition, growth hacking, data analytics, product management, and others)
  • Curated local and international mentors and guest speakers
  • Connections to industry leaders and investors
  • Engagement with the AstroLabs co-working spaces in Riyadh and Dubai, a vibrant community of over 120 top tech startups from around the world

Forward accelerator is calling for startups from across Saudi.

To qualify, you must:

  • Have a tech-based product. It could be web-based, a mobile app, hardware, IoT, marketplaces, content, or any tech-powered solution.
  • Be Pre-series A. You raised some funding from Friends and Family or angels but you’re agile and open to challenge your assumptions and test new hypotheses.
  • Have at least one full-time Saudi co-founder
  • Be willing to spend time in Riyadh between October and December 2019. We’re looking for great teams from across the Kingdom but the program will run in Riyadh!

The program is free and requires zero equity but you will have to cover your cost of travel and lodging.

Program Timelines

  • Application start: March 31st
  • Shortlisting and interviews: During the second half of May
  • Participants announced: July 2nd

  • Pre-program kick-off: July 15th
  • Program kick-off: September 15th
  • Demo day: December 17th


Mentors

Program Partners

Past Participants in AstroLabs KSA Programs

Testimonials from Past Programs Participants

Ammar Waganah
Great mentors and a great team, AstroLabs Academy empowers entrepreneurs to shape the digital markets in the Arab world.

Ammar Waganah
CEO & Co-Founder
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Shaima Hamidaddin
Coming from a non-technical background this workshop enlightened in so many areas and caused me to think of my startup in a whole new light.

Shaima Hamidaddin
Executive Manager
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Hossein Bukhamseen
Don’t learn the hard way to scale your online business, Go To AstroLabs!

Hossein Bukhamseen
Chief Technology Officer
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Laith Alsulaiman
Very helpful and focused! Highly recommend crash workshop for every startup.

Laith Alsulaiman
Chief Operating Officer - Product Development
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