New York Times reporter Eilene Zimmerman follows entrepreneurs as they present at weekly 1 Million Cups gathering around the country.
"A two-year-old program that supports entrepreneurs, is run by entrepreneurs and is popping up in cities across the country. It is administered by Kauffman Laboratories for Enterprise Creation, an affiliate of the Kauffman Foundation," she writes.
Reporting from San Diego, Columbia, Mo., Orlando, and Kansas City, the piece notes the rapid growth of the meetings that feature two start-ups giving six-minute presentations and fielding questions from their peers.
"They held the first 1 Million Cups meeting in April 2012. Less than two years later, the organization is operating in 30 midsize and small American cities, and entrepreneurs in about a hundred cities have expressed interest in starting a chapter."
Read an excerpt of the piece below.
Supporting Start-Ups With Advice, Connections and Caffeine
Lauren Cannon was clearly nervous as she started a carefully prepared presentation about her start-up, PackSack, which makes a reusable grocery bag that folds into itself for storing.
Just 22, Ms. Cannon was speaking to a forum of 20 entrepreneurs in a conference room at Co-Merge, a sleekly outfitted co-working space in downtown San Diego.
She talked about her market research, her decision to manufacture in Mexico and her pricing.
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