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Speed-dating style networking events popular with NYC women entrepreneurs

Published on Jan 19, 2014 12:44 PM
Women entrepreneurs taking part in three-minute, one-on-one, business speed dating meetings during the fourth Women Entrepreneurs Festival in New York on Jan 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - They are bloggers, engineers and chefs - American women entrepreneurs who dream of emulating the success of Facebook number two Sheryl Sandberg or General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

And to smash through that glass ceiling, they have found a new weapon: speed-dating style networking events. No men allowed.

To shouts of "one, two, three - change!" and "one, two, three - switch!" ladies mingle at the first event organised at the annual women entrepreneurs festival run by the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University.

Around 280 women of all ages and professions are given three minutes to get to know each other, swap business information and exchange cards before moving onto the next person.

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