Business Plan Presentations: Young Adult Micro-Businesses Starting on $400

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".

 

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  • Anthony O.

    It was great to meet some of you, and I look forward to more great conversation at future meetups!

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great to give input / assistance / help to a new entrepreneur - wish I could had this opportunity years ago

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Carol L.

    Interesting meeting. Hope the young entrepreneur does well.

    April 25, 2013

  • Johnny F.

    It was fun, of course, giving feedback and hearing from others about the biz idea.

    April 25, 2013

  • Angela M.

    It was great!!

    April 25, 2013

  • Sean R.

    Sorry Guys! I can't make it tonight. Staying in the office late. Best of luck

    April 25, 2013

  • Ashok S.

    My meeting is getting delayed in office so not able to make this one. Sorry about that!

    April 25, 2013

  • Clyde H.

    I met three of the student entrepreneurs yesterday at the Eastside Neighborhood offices where their classes meet and am looking forward to their presentations to us Thursday.

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry just realized their is a time conflict with a wordpress meetup and I really need to learn wordpress!

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone wants to meet before the event to talk startups I'm free all day and can meet anywhere in town preferably near the lightrail. I'm starting a mobile sustainability store and I already have the propane powered bus! message me on here if you want to meet thursday or friday during the day

    April 24, 2013

  • Anthony O.

    Can't wait! Looking forward to the event.

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • Angela M.

    Looking forward to the event and I'm bring my business partner as well.

    April 22, 2013

  • Clyde H.

    Had some questions--Meetup members of all ages are welcome to this session. We are the mock-trial judges giving style and contact feedback to the students. They will be presenting to their teachers and the funders the very next day.

    April 22, 2013

  • Ashok S.

    Looking forward to be there

    April 21, 2013

  • Scott G.

    I work in M&A and co-run a small VC fund at a large education non-profit.

    March 25, 2013

  • Clyde H.

    I hope the foundation keeps funding this pilot program. Thinking of yourself as a business owner is very helpful in life.

    1 · March 25, 2013

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