The Global Entrepreneurship Network is excited to announce the opening of a new Startup Huddle chapter in Harare, Zimbabwe to support the growth of the local startup community while crowdsourcing advice and support for its entrepreneurs. Harare joins a global network of more than 60 Startup Huddle chapters worldwide and will host its first event on November 11, 2021 during Global Entrepreneurship Week, when 40,000 activities will take place in 200 countries to support, 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.
“Startup Huddle will help build the local ecosystem and provide a safe space for entrepreneurs to tackle their challenges and grow,” said local Startup Huddle organizer Simba Mswaka. “This will bring people together and provide invaluable learning opportunities to entrepreneurs in Harare.”
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.
To learn more about Startup Huddle Harare or to join a local event, visit www.startuphuddle.co.