Women entrepreneurs take part in three-minute, one-on-one, business speed dating meetings during the fourth Women Entrepreneurs Festival in New York, January 15, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand)
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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.It is the business equivalent of the matchmakers' speed-dating phenomenon that took off about a decade ago as a chance for the loveless to quickly meet multiple people in the hope of snaring a date.Farther away, a woman named Milena, a bit older with a friendly manner, heads toward a young woman who has caught her eye.The rules are simple, says Nancy Hechinger, an ITP faculty member and co-founder of the event: three minutes to introduce yourself, your business and your passion in "hopefully semi-controlled chaos".Despite high-profile success stories such as Barra at General Motors, only 15 percent of U.S. companies and only 4.5 percent of Fortune 1000 companies are run by women.Katie Boyko, founder of the website Dating by Three Degrees, also went home satisfied.
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