Startup Huddle launches in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Photo Credit: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Belo Horizonte joins a global network of more than 50 Startup Huddle chapters world-wide, and will host its first event on May 19, 2021.
10 May 2021

Belo Horizonte, Brazil – The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is excited to announce the opening of a new Startup Huddle chapter in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, to support the growth of the local startup community while crowdsourcing advice and support for its entrepreneurs. Belo Horizonte joins a global network of more than 50 Startup Huddle chapters world-wide, and will host its first event on May 19, 2021.

In addition to providing direct support to entrepreneurs, the program addresses a critical element of success for all entrepreneur ecosystems – connectivity. According to GEN research, startup communities with higher levels of local connectedness translate to an increased number of startups – and that founders with high levels of connectivity grow their revenue twice as fast as those with lower levels.

“Despite the fact that we are the third-largest city in Brazil, we don’t have a program here like Startup Huddle,” said local organizer Felipe Maia. “We have no doubt that the program will promote development, engagement and energy for our entrepreneurs to move on.”

At each Startup Huddle event, local founders give six-minute presentations outlining challenges facing their companies. Each presentation is followed by a 20-minute conversation with an audience of peers, mentors, educators and advisers who provide constructive criticism focused on finding solutions and increasing founder know-how. With new founders cycling through each gathering, and previous presenters joining the audience to give back, the community continues to expand while connections deepen.

“The Startup Huddle program will be a breakthrough in our city,” said Maia. “It will help new entrepreneurs get involved with experienced business people to improve their plans and projects. Our society will receive the benefits of this partnership as well. It will be a win-win game.”

To learn more about Startup Huddle Belo Horizonte or to join a local event, visit

About Startup Huddle

Run by the Global Entrepreneurship Network in partnership with local organizers, Startup Huddle is a program designed to help one entrepreneur at a time while strengthening the local ecosystem. Entrepreneurs discover challenges to the solutions they face through purposeful engagement with a broad array of voices from their local community. Currently, there are local Startup Huddle chapters in more than 50 cities around the world. For more information, visit

About the Global Entrepreneurship Network

The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates projects and programs in 180 countries to make it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. By fostering deeper cross border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN works to fuel healthier start and scale ecosystems that create more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. For more information, visit


Kathryn Forrest

Manager for Communications | Global Entrepreneurship Network

Kathryn is the Manager for Communications at the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), where she is… More