UAE-based media and entertainment tech company Starzly, has raised an undisclosed amount in a pre-seed funding round, led by Nama Ventures, with participation from Jabbar Internet Group, Woman Spark as well as some other angel investors.
Founded in January 2020 by Badr Kachibal (CEO) and RedOne, Starzly connects users directly with celebrities and social media influencers.
"People are looking for an authentic and unique experience from their favourite celebrities, and Starzly makes it happen. The reviews we are getting, and the happiness that the videos create for people is priceless. Our ambition is to be the go-to-brand for personal shout-outs in the Mena region for entrepreneurs and brands – letting them aim for the moon while exploring the stars." says Badr.
Badr has previously served as digital technical/creative director for Al Arabiya, Shahid.net, and MBC Group, while RedOne is a globally-renowned producer and songwriter, who has won three Grammy awards.
"We have been nothing but impressed with the Starzly team,'' said Mohammed Alzubi, general partner of Nama Ventures. “Starzly is exactly what we look for in a preseed opportunity, a complementary founding team that is obsessed with delivering results. The team has deep domain expertise in Entertain-tech and has been able to deliver a very engaging platform between superstars and their fans. We are honoured and privileged to be working with the Startzly, learn from them, as well as add value on their high growth journey".