Start Small...Think Big
A new program to help young people start their first business is graduating their first class and the new grads will be presenting their plans to us. Each has gotten a grant averaging $400 toward start-up costs, so this is true bootstrapping. This pilot project is funded by the Sundance Family Foundation's Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program and is operated by the East-Side Neighborhood Services. Each grad. has a mentor and a month of classroom learning, month of marketing and a launch month. Student are from 16-24 years old. The program leader, Mara Johnson, recruited mentors at our March 28 Meetup. Expect a motivational and positive evening and enjoy sharing the lessons you have learned about starting a business.
About the Meetup
Meet other entrepreneurs and independent product developers. Bring your questions and "group-source" the answers. Hear from specialized experts willing to share their insights. Get energized and stay motivated to pursue your goals. Relax and have a beverage and interesting conversations. Participants have found clients and collaborators through this Meetup.
Software, electronics, life sciences, med tech, services, products, materials, designs--innovators of a wide variety of value propositions participate. Both for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs participate. Many are starting their second or third business. A partner in McKinsey & Company (NYC) turned up one evening. We have enjoyed meeting people from China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Italy, India, Bangladesh and other countries. Many are newcomers to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Multi-generational, our age range has been 20 to 70+. Several investors make periodic visits for those of you looking for capital. Our largest turn-out was 42 and we average 15.
Let the host know what kind of expert you would like to have at a future meeting and feel free to refer speakers. We look for speakers who have a message that is broader than, "buy my product or service".