Nina Curley Former Editor-in-Chief of Wamda & American Citizen Becomes Managing Director of Startup Accelerator Flat6lab Abu Dhabi
Egyptian Startups accelerator Flat6lab is expanding to Abu Dhabi, UAE after it expanded to Jeddah Saudi Arabia, and they hired Nina Curley the former editor in chief of American government backed Wamda the startups media platform and a VC firm at the same time.
After starting her doctoral degree in neuroscience/psychology Nina moved to the Arab world around 2009 she start looking for a job in the entrepreneurial/media industry. As a starter she joined SYNTAX who Abraaj Capital with the funding from the US government out sourced it upcoming entrepreneurial social platform project Wamda to them, Nina was taking in charge of Wamda’s Content.
In 2011 Wamda pivoted into a media magazine for the Arab world and a VC led by cofounder of Wamli Habib Hadad and chaired by the ounder of Aramex Fadi Ghandour. In This Year Nina become the editor in chief of Wamda.
Until April 2014 were Nina left Wamda. In Here profile in AngleList Nina is listed as an Angle investor in a company called Birdi which does smoke detection. In here Linkedin profile Nina says that she is founder of Women’s Angle Investment network since April 2013 “Investing in women-ledcompanies in the Middle East and North Africa, from Dubai.”
This makes a person asks how an editor in chief of Wamda become and Angle investor after only one year working in Wamda? Is the salary in Wamda that big or what?
In the blog post Q&A with Nina on flat6lab blog Nina says Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi will launch in November, at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, which will be held at Al Maryah Island from November 18th-20th. We’ll then open for applications this fall, and launch our first cycle in February
She said that Flat6lab will be different than the one in Cairo Adn Jeddah “ Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi will offer the same services and structure that comprise Flat6Labs Cairo and Jeddah—an initial bootcamp, followed by a four month training and mentorship program, a variety of services, and seed funding. In addition, Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi will have a special media focus. With the support of twofour54 and various partners in Abu Dhabi, we’ll support teams building products in online content, data and analytics, mobile applications, e-commerce, video and multimedia production, and social media and citizen journalism, although our definition will be broad. By focusing on media, we plan to help startups benefit from one of Abu Dhabi’s strengths, while increasing potential synergies among our teams.”
Flat6Labs created and funded by Egypt’s VC cofounded by Ahmed Alfi, Sawari Ventures which has a track record in working with the US government.