SUPPORT | September 10, 2020

GEN Expands Startup Huddle to Suriname

Moreno Jackson, Founder of Act Now Foundation and Program Manager of Startup Huddle Paramaribo
Photo Credit: Moreno Jackson, Founder of Act Now Foundation and Program Manager of Startup Huddle Paramaribo

The Global Entrepreneurship Network is excited to announce the opening of Startup Huddle Paramaribo in Suriname to support local entrepreneurs in discovering solutions to the challenges they face. Other organizations supporting this effort include the US Embassy Paramaribo, Act Now Foundation and Mustform. On September 16, 2020 local founders, innovators and business leaders will come together virtually to help two entrepreneurs work through their challenges and crowdsource solutions.

Startup Huddle is an experiential learning opportunity that offers a unique program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. The Startup Huddle format is consistent in each location: 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.

“I believe that Startup Huddle Paramaribo will be of immense value to the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Suriname, because it is a very easy-to-implement concept with an effective output," said Moreno Jackson, Founder of Act Now Foundation and program manager of Startup Huddle Paramaribo.

For the first huddle, the organizers have selected Jonathan Tobi, founder of E-Go Studios N.V., a media agency company that uses innovative methods to express the message of their clients.

The second entrepreneur selected is Gabriella Sanijo. Sanijo runs an import/export company and is on the verge of expanding its services by focusing on client experience.

“I’m very much excited to launch Startup Huddle in my city, because this platform is really necessary for aspiring entrepreneurs and startups especially during these challenging times where we are forced to rethink our business concepts,” said Priscilla Abhilakh Missier, host of Startup Huddle Paramaribo.

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.

“I hope to be able to inspire other young leaders in Suriname and the region to lead different initiatives that tackle daily challenges that our respective communities deal with," said Arsenio Moidin, one of the coaches for Startup Huddle Paramaribo.

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 have learned.

Colleen is the Director for Partnerships at the Global Entrepreneurship Network. She works on all of GEN's flagship programs to identify and… About the author