Talk to Us. We Listen.

!nnovate Guyana exists to support budding and existing business founders. Talk to us; tell us what you think of our programs—what’s great, what’s missing, and what can be improved. We are here to serve you. Drop us a line. We’ll not only respond, we’ll do our best to meet the ecosystem’s needs.

Global Entrepreneurship Network

PRESS RELEASE

Startup Huddle to provide support and resources to small businesses in Guyana at the community level

March 15, 2022 (Georgetown, Guyana) – The Guyana Economic Development Trust (GEDT) under its initiative, !nnovate Guyana, is pleased to announce the launch of Startup Huddle, a programme of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), in Guyana. The programme aims to help support the growth of Guyana’s startup and small business community.

This initiative comes at a time when businesses in Guyana are being resuscitated, on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, which not only affected small and micro businesses across the country, but also inspired the birth of many. Hence, implementation of the Startup Huddle programme is timely.

Startup Huddle, active in more than 60 cities world-wide, provides direct assistance to entrepreneurs and addresses a critical element of success for all businesses – connectivity. Startup Huddles provide a neutral space, where business owners can discuss the challenges they face and get the encouragement they need.

GEDT, through !nnovate Guyana, is the local franchise partner spearheading this and other GEN initiatives for Guyanese startups and small businesses. Startup Huddles are scheduled to occur around Guyana once per month. Local businesses present their challenges, share their experiences, take advice and learn from others. The format of the programme is such that business owners make 20-minute presentations, which are followed by conversation with peers and advisers aimed at identifying solutions, increasing skills, and enhancing the presenters’ businesses.

“There is a need for more activities at the community level, where micro and small businesses can be disconnected from the central business services infrastructure due to distance,” said Caroline English, Program Manager at GEDT and organizer of Startup Huddle in Guyana. “The objective of offering Startup Huddle is to bring the resources of the !nnovate Guyana initiative to local communities by partnering with local Business Support Organization (BSO) hosts that have the community relationships.”

Startup Huddle is a community-based programme. As such, regional BSOs, operating at the community level, have been engaged by GEDT to conduct monthly Startup Huddles in the various Administrative Regions in Guyana. BSOs that will be hosting monthly Startup Huddles include the Linden Fund – Region 10, Orange Light BSO – Regions 5 & 6, Together We Win Business Network (TWWBN) – Region 4, and soon, Junior Chamber International Guyana – Region 4, and Mocha Arcadia Multipurpose Agricultural Co-operative Society – East Bank Demerara.

Founder of TWWBN, Marlon Joseph said their organization offers a platform for small businesses by providing the support they need to scale their business.  “Collaborating with GEN Guyana and GEDT to host Startup Huddle is needed, relevant and timely since it provides the support for TWWBN to achieve its objective of offering quality service at the highest standard,” Joseph said.

Participating BSOs will have access to support services and resources from GEN, through GEDT / !nnovate Guyana, to successfully achieve the goals of the programme. In addition to the monthly sessions, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to participate in pitch competitions to win access to micro grants to help support their businesses.

The best business pitches from each community will also be afforded the opportunity to participate in events organised by GEDT/!nnovate Guyana for Global Entrepreneurship Week, slated for November, which will expose their businesses/products to a global audience.

Entrepreneurs who would like to sign up for a Startup Huddle in their community can visit www.innovateguyana.org/gen to connect with the listed BSOs to participate.

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About the Global Entrepreneurship Network

The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 200 countries aimed at making 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.

About GEDT | !nnovate Guyana

The Guyana Economic Development Trust (GEDT), a US- and Guyana-based initiative, through its brand !nnovate Guyana, incubates and accelerates ideas and businesses to support enterprise and workforce development in Guyana. GEDT / !nnovate Guyana accomplishes this by providing access to training, technical support and coaching, as well as non-dilutive capital.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

Talk to Us. We Listen.

!nnovate Guyana exists to support budding and existing business founders. Talk to us; tell us what you think of our programs—what’s great, what’s missing, and what can be improved. We are here to serve you. Drop us a line. We’ll not only respond, we’ll do our best to meet the ecosystem’s needs.

Global Entrepreneurship Network

PRESS RELEASE

Startup Huddle to provide support and resources to small businesses in Guyana at the community level

March 15, 2022 (Georgetown, Guyana) – The Guyana Economic Development Trust (GEDT) under its initiative, !nnovate Guyana, is pleased to announce the launch of Startup Huddle, a programme of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), in Guyana. The programme aims to help support the growth of Guyana’s startup and small business community.

This initiative comes at a time when businesses in Guyana are being resuscitated, on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, which not only affected small and micro businesses across the country, but also inspired the birth of many. Hence, implementation of the Startup Huddle programme is timely.

Startup Huddle, active in more than 60 cities world-wide, provides direct assistance to entrepreneurs and addresses a critical element of success for all businesses – connectivity. Startup Huddles provide a neutral space, where business owners can discuss the challenges they face and get the encouragement they need.

GEDT, through !nnovate Guyana, is the local franchise partner spearheading this and other GEN initiatives for Guyanese startups and small businesses. Startup Huddles are scheduled to occur around Guyana once per month. Local businesses present their challenges, share their experiences, take advice and learn from others. The format of the programme is such that business owners make 20-minute presentations, which are followed by conversation with peers and advisers aimed at identifying solutions, increasing skills, and enhancing the presenters’ businesses.

“There is a need for more activities at the community level, where micro and small businesses can be disconnected from the central business services infrastructure due to distance,” said Caroline English, Program Manager at GEDT and organizer of Startup Huddle in Guyana. “The objective of offering Startup Huddle is to bring the resources of the !nnovate Guyana initiative to local communities by partnering with local Business Support Organization (BSO) hosts that have the community relationships.”

Startup Huddle is a community-based programme. As such, regional BSOs, operating at the community level, have been engaged by GEDT to conduct monthly Startup Huddles in the various Administrative Regions in Guyana. BSOs that will be hosting monthly Startup Huddles include the Linden Fund – Region 10, Orange Light BSO – Regions 5 & 6, Together We Win Business Network (TWWBN) – Region 4, and soon, Junior Chamber International Guyana – Region 4, and Mocha Arcadia Multipurpose Agricultural Co-operative Society – East Bank Demerara.

Founder of TWWBN, Marlon Joseph said their organization offers a platform for small businesses by providing the support they need to scale their business.  “Collaborating with GEN Guyana and GEDT to host Startup Huddle is needed, relevant and timely since it provides the support for TWWBN to achieve its objective of offering quality service at the highest standard,” Joseph said.

Participating BSOs will have access to support services and resources from GEN, through GEDT / !nnovate Guyana, to successfully achieve the goals of the programme. In addition to the monthly sessions, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to participate in pitch competitions to win access to micro grants to help support their businesses.

The best business pitches from each community will also be afforded the opportunity to participate in events organised by GEDT/!nnovate Guyana for Global Entrepreneurship Week, slated for November, which will expose their businesses/products to a global audience.

Entrepreneurs who would like to sign up for a Startup Huddle in their community can visit www.innovateguyana.org/gen to connect with the listed BSOs to participate.

– – –

About the Global Entrepreneurship Network

The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 200 countries aimed at making 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.

About GEDT | !nnovate Guyana

The Guyana Economic Development Trust (GEDT), a US- and Guyana-based initiative, through its brand !nnovate Guyana, incubates and accelerates ideas and businesses to support enterprise and workforce development in Guyana. GEDT / !nnovate Guyana accomplishes this by providing access to training, technical support and coaching, as well as non-dilutive capital.

 

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