WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Global Entrepreneurship Network is excited to announce the opening of Startup Huddle in Perth and Fremantle, Australia, to help local 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.
“Startup Huddle is a platform where the community can provide a safe environment for all who choose to unleash their ideas,” said Allan Connolly, the GEN Australia acting managing director. “It is not a competition to pitch against others where there is a winner and loser – this is a platform that gives early startup entrepreneurs an opportunity to validate and to receive collective support to identify blind spots or highlight additional benefits not anticipated.”
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 publicise 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.
“I think a program like Startup Huddle is important because data shows a decline in entrepreneurial activity growth and new business formation,” said Connolly. “This impacts our communities directly by not creating revenues to add to the circular economy. Anything that helps to educate the community and bring them hope about future jobs and opportunity has to be a positive.”
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.
Startup Huddle is FREE to attend startuphuddle.co