WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Global Entrepreneurship Network is excited to announce the opening of Startup Huddle in Ramallah, to help Palestinian entrepreneurs hone their pitch skills and discover solutions to the challenges they face.
Startup Huddle is a program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. As an experiential learning opportunity, the Startup Huddle format is consistent in each location: on a given morning, one or two early-stage startup founders give a six-minute presentation of their companies to a diverse audience of peers, mentors, educators and advisers. Each presentation is followed by a 20-minute question and answer session and feedback via an audience survey.
“We’re excited to establish Startup Huddle in Ramallah because it fits with the PalTel Group Foundation strategy – which is about enhancing and supporting the entrepreneurship pipeline in Palestine within a structured innovation strategy adopted by the Paltel Group," said a representative from the organization. The Paltel Group Foundation is the lead organizer for Startup Huddle in Ramallah. “This program is important because it will introduce and inspire young Palestinians to the startup community by introducing them to the practical experience of presenters.”
The culture surrounding Startup Huddle is that of a supportive, neutral space, welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face. Each event is organized by local entrepreneurs and community builders who volunteer their time to secure a venue, vet and select presenters and publicize the event.
As opposed to a traditional “pitch” environment, Startup Huddle was not created to be critical of entrepreneurs, but rather for the presenters to learn from shared experiences and find ways to support one another as a community.
“Unlike other platforms, Startup Huddle is from the entrepreneur to the entrepreneur,” said Salah Amleh, the Global Entrepreneurship Week host in Palestine. “It is not a pitch competition, it is not to criticize the entrepreneurs. It is to connect, educate and share experiences with entrepreneurs. In our growing Palestinian startup ecosystem, Startup Huddle is an added value for all our entrepreneurs and community to learn from.”
Startup Huddle is an educational experience for both the audience and the presenters. Presenters are given resources and support to prepare for their presentation and surveyed after their presentation to see what they’ve learned.
“We hope to increase and expand the entrepreneurship pipeline in Palestine,” said the Paltel Group, “and to increase the connection between current startup founders and potential startup founders.”