The Global Entrepreneurship Network announced the opening of Startup Huddle in Wellington, New Zealand to support local entrepreneurs in honing their pitch skills and discovering solutions to the challenges they face. On November 3rd, local founders, innovators, and business leaders will come together to help work through their challenges and crowdsource solutions.
An experiential learning opportunity, Startup Huddle offers a unique program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. 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.
“Now is such an exciting time for entrepreneurship in the capital,” says Startup Huddle Wellington organizer Travis Cornwall. “There’s an energy that has lurked below the surface for some time, and with the opportunities presented by the Covid crisis we’re hanging out to surface that and see what everyone has been up to.”
“We figured if we could start, launch and remain relevant during a global pandemic our business could handle any challenge. Being resilient from the start means we are able to thrive anywhere.”
“The work that Bobby and the team are doing is incredible, and through Startup Huddle, we’re thrilled to provide a space to both challenge and support their business,” Travis added. “We can’t wait to do the same with other start-ups in the region.”
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. 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.