What is Startup Huddle?
Startup Huddle is a free, weekly or monthly educational program that gives one or two local startups the opportunity to crowdsource solutions to challenges they are facing. Each presenter gives a 6-minute presentation and engages in 20 minutes of Q+A with a room full of community members looking to give back and help local startups flourish.
Startup Huddles can occur at any time in the day, and at any point in the month, as long as it repeats its self on a consistent basis. 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. The culture surrounding Startup Huddle is that of a supportive, neutral space, welcoming entrepreneurs to be honest and open about their businesses and the challenges they face. It is also a valuable experience for the community, providing a unique opportunity to network with people from backgrounds one might not typically meet.
How do I become a Startup Huddle organizer?
First, check to make sure that there isn’t already a chapter in your community. If not, you can apply to organize a chapter. The Startup Huddle team will review your application and contact you to schedule an interview.
How do I present my startup at a Startup Huddle?
To present at a Startup Huddle, locate the Startup Huddle chapter in a city near you and click the “Become a Startup Huddle Presenter” button. You can also click on Apply to Present underneath the Get Involved tab on the website. The local organizer for the chapter at which you request to present will contact you to discuss next steps.
How long is each Startup Huddle event?
Startup Huddle events last for about 60 minutes if there is one (1) presenter or 90 minutes if there are two (2) presenters. Each event follows the format below:
- 15 min - Networking
- 2 min - Welcoming Remarks
- 6 min - Entrepreneur #1 presentation
- 20 min - Q+A: Community Feedback
- 6 min – Entrepreneur #2 presentation (optional)
- 20 min – Q+A: Community Feedback (optional)
- 10 min - Community Announcements
- 2 min - Closing Remarks
- Remaining time - Networking
What’s the best way for me to stay informed about upcoming Huddles?
Every Startup Huddle chapter maintains a local webpage. There, you can find news and information, including upcoming presentations. Outside of that, communities can differ in regard to communication. We recommend asking your local organizer (listed on the page) how to best stay in the know. To find your local organizer, locate the Startup Huddle chapter nearest you.
As an attendee, am I expected to participate in the event?
You have the freedom to participate as much as you wish. We only ask that you arrive on time and be respectful to the presenters, attendees and organizers.
Do I need startup or business experience to attend a Startup Huddle event?
You do not. Anyone who is interested in supporting local startups is welcome. We aim to make the program as accessible and diverse as possible in order to bring new ideas and people into the startup ecosystem.