Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi Announces New Advisory Council with Eight Top Professionals
The Council Aims to Support Flat6Labs’ Strategic Roadmap to Enable Entrepreneurs in the UAE
Monday, March 7 2016. Abu Dhabi, UAE — Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi, the leading digital media accelerator in the UAE supported by TwoFour54, has announced the formation of its new advisory council consisting of eight top professionals from a wide range of industries to help steer the development of global startup accelerator.
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The advisory council brings together exemplary business professionals from the public and private sector. The eight members are (in alphabetical order):
- Adib Mattar — Head of Private Equity at Mubadala
- Khuloud Hasan Al Nowais — Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer at Emirates Foundation
- Majid Al Mail — Senior Manager of Projects at Technology Development Committee
- Najla Al-Midfa — General Manager at Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center
- Ruba Al Hassan — Senior Advisor to US Ambassador at the UAE Embassy in US
- Salem Al Noaimi — CEO & MD at Waha Capital
- H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Nahyan — Managing Partner at Dhabi Holding
- Todd Ruppert — Venture Partner at Greenspring Associates
“It is very important for modern entrepreneurs to find a nurturing environment which will enable them to fulfill their vision and add to the economy of our growing nation. I personally have deep rooted interest in this sector, and feel that the UAE is well positioned to provide a springboard for new technologies,”
explained H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nayahan, Chairman of Dhabi Holding.
“I am extremely delighted to be part of Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi’s advisory board and feel that this is an important group, contributing to our nation’s development,
“ added H. H. Sheikh Mohammed.
“I’m excited about supporting Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi to achieve its mission and become the innovation hub of Abu Dhabi,”
said Khuloud Hasan Al Nowais, Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer at Emirates Foundation and Advisory Board Committee member.
“By offering youth an enabling environment that will allow them to realize their dreams, create jobs for themselves and for others; and equally important, educating the business sector about the returns expected from investing in startups with hopes that the next ‘Apple’ will come out of Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi,”
added Al Nowais.
Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi is only a piece of the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Flat6Labs connects entrepreneurs to strong network of regional and global mentors who provide support, expertise, and local knowledge focused around several sectors including but not limited to mobile applications, analytics, and digital content.
Since its launch in November 2014, Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi has successfully graduated 13 technology startups over two cycles. 85% of the first cycle startups were able to secure follow-on funding, a driving metric that all global accelerators are benchmarked. The most recent Fall 2015 cycle startups are growing and are in talks with all the local venture firms. The newly inaugurated advisory board will review the progress and advise on the strategic direction to support Flat6Labs’ mission of making Abu Dhabi a hub for entrepreneurs to scale globally.