Startup Huddle launches in Swakopmund, Namibia
Startup Huddle Swakopmund
Startup Huddle Swakopmund to help entrepreneurs overcome the business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
21 Apr 2021

Swakopmund, Namibia – The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is excited to announce the opening of a new Startup Huddle chapter in Swakopmund, Namibia to support the growth of the local startup community while crowdsourcing advice and support for its entrepreneurs. Swakopmund joins a global network of more than 50 Startup Huddle chapters worldwide and will host their first event on April 23, 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.

Swakopmund is a global tourist destination with the oldest desert in the world,” said Johanna Cloete, Managing Director for GEN Namibia. “When COVID 19 hit, the local hospitality industry came to a complete standstill. Startup Huddle Swakopmund will bring together the leaders and supporters of the sector to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. I am excited to stand together as a community as we support the entrepreneurs overcoming the effects of the pandemic.”

Startup Huddle Swakopmund will be held on the third Friday of every month at Hello Startups. At each 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.

Startup Huddle Swakopmund is supported by Van der Walt Designs and Printing, Radio Energy 100 FM, and the Namibia Broad Casting Corporation.

To learn more about Startup Huddle Swakopmund 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