The Station Foundation for Entrepreneurship Partners with GEN to Launch Startup Huddle in Mosul
Startup Huddle Mosul joins a network of more than 60 chapters worldwide, and is the second chapter to open in Iraq in 2021. (Photo credit: The Station Foundation for Entrepreneurship)
Pauly
Suchy
6 Dec 2021

Mosul, Iraq – The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and the Station Foundation for Entrepreneurship have partnered to launch Iraq’s second Startup Huddle chapter in Mosul.  Startup Huddle is a GEN program that supports the growth of local startup communities while crowdsourcing advice and support for its entrepreneurs. GEN and The Station launched the country’s first chapter in Baghdad in June.

Startup Huddle provides direct support to entrepreneurs and addresses a critical element of success for all entrepreneur ecosystems – connectivity. According to GEN research, startup communities with higher levels of local connectivity support a higher number of startups – and that founders with high levels of connectivity grow their revenue twice as fast as those with lower levels.

“The entrepreneurship ecosystem in Mosul is starting to grow,” said Sarah Dhafer, program specialist at The Station Foundation for Entrepreneurship. “Young people have just started to learn about it, brainstorm ideas, and start businesses. It is really important to create a community for them to meet, share experiences, learn from each other and help this ecosystem grow even more.”

The Station Foundation for Entrepreneurship opened in Mosul in 2020, supported by the European Union and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It expanded to include the creative industries in 2021 through support from UNESCO for the creativeSpace. A dedicated female entrepreneurship program supported by the French Embassy in Iraq has also laid the foundation for more potential startups. Yousif Yasser, program specialist at The Station in Mosul said, “young entrepreneurs use their unique social challenges as a means to find employment and improve their economic solution.”

He draws attention to startups such as Wasla, a transport solution startup for students that aims to effectively solve transport issues across the city to support the return of students to university life as easily as possible.

Dhafer added that she hopes the Startup Huddle program will encourage young people to “create their own opportunities without waiting for a chance to work in the public sector.”

Startup Huddle Mosul joins a network of more than 60 chapters worldwide. The Station, one of Iraq’s leading co-working spaces, will host Startup Huddle events monthly. At each event, local founders will 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.

"With the right resources and opportunities, entrepreneurs can drive innovation and transform post-conflict communities," said Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. "In a few short months, the startup ecosystem in Baghdad has embraced the opportunity to come together in support of local entrepreneurs and we are confident that the same will happen in Mosul.”

Startup Huddle Mosul is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. To learn more about Startup Huddle Mosul or to join a local event, visit www.startuphuddle.co.

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 startuphuddle.co.

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 www.genglobal.org.

Pauly Suchy

Manager for Startup Programs | Global Entrepreneurship Network

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