Startup Huddle Launches in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou joins a global network of more than 50 Startup Huddle chapters.
4 Aug 2021

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – The Global Entrepreneurship Network is excited to announce the opening of a new Startup Huddle in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to support the growth of the local startup community while crowdsourcing advice and support for its entrepreneurs. Ouagadougou joins a global network of more than 50 Startup Huddle chapters and hosted its first event on July 31, 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. 

“Startup Huddle Ouagadougou is a springboard for young entrepreneurs to learn and network,” said Issa Traore, local Startup Huddle organizer and Managing Director of GEN Burkina Faso. “It will further anchor an entrepreneurial culture among Burkina Faso’s population, which is mostly young and facing a serious unemployment problem.” 

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. 

Startup Huddle Ouagadougou is supported by consulting firm MEXPERTY.  

To learn more about Startup Huddle Ouagadougou 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

Pauly Suchy

Manager for Startup Programs | Global Entrepreneurship Network

Pauly is the Manager for Startup Programs at the Global Entrepreneurship Network, where he is responsible for running and growing GEN's key… More