JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA –– The Global Entrepreneurship Network is excited to announce the renewed launch of Startup Huddle in Johannesburg, South Africa at 22 On Sloane, to support local entrepreneurs in honing their pitch skills and discovering solutions to the challenges they face. On the 13 February 2020, local founders, innovators, and business leaders will come together to help an entrepreneur work through their challenges and crowdsource solutions. The Startup Huddle will occur on the second Thursday every month from 17h 30 to 19h 00.
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 evening, 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.
Startup Huddles are important because they serve as a safe space for entrepreneurs to share and identify challenges that are blocking their progress. Furthermore, this will help startups avoid and tackle these challenges allowing them to take advantage of new opportunities
Startup Huddle Organiser and 22 On Sloane Ecosystem Enabler, Mahlatse Tolamo, said, "I am excited to launch this Startup Huddle because it is an opportunity to meet entrepreneurs in different sectors. This will be a perfect networking session which might lead to future business collaboration amongst them. My aim is to build a strong startup ecosystem. These entrepreneurs are the future success of the South African economy therefore, we need to nurture their business journey so that they can achieve their goals.”
For the first huddle, the theme will focus on identifying and providing new solutions for the challenges faced by youth entrepreneurship. For young entrepreneurs to realise their full potential and contribute to the economy, we need to mould their talents, skills and ideas with supporting training and mentorship. Our first Startup Huddle presenter will be Lesedi Mochadibane, co-founder of Campus Connect, a student-founded private company aimed at tackling the problems that students face in Africa by providing free access to animated videos, notes, summaries and exam type questions.