Lagos, Nigeria – The Global Entrepreneurship Network is excited to announce the opening of a new Startup Huddle chapter in Lagos, Nigeria to support the growth of the local startup community while crowdsourcing advice and support for its entrepreneurs. Lagos joins a global network of more than 60 Startup Huddle chapters world-wide and will host its first event on November 8, 2021 during Global Entrepreneurship Week, when 40,000 activities will take place in 200 countries to inspire and empower entrepreneurs.
In addition to providing direct support to entrepreneurs, the Startup Huddle 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.
“I hope through Startup Huddle Lagos, we can provide high-tech talent with access to education, mentorship and funding, in turn creating economic impacts that reverberate throughout the African region resulting in a better livelihood for entrepreneurs,” said Startup Huddle Lagos organizer Segun Cole.
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 Lagos is supported by UNIDO ITPO Nigeria, Microsoft Nigeria and the Eko Innovation Centre. To learn more about Startup Huddle Lagos 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 www.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.