When Alan Martin was in college, he struggled each semester to pay exceedingly high prices for his textbooks. So he did something about it.
With its crowded sidewalks, halal food carts, maze of skyscrapers, and sea of yellow taxicabs, Midtown, Manhattan is a dream setting for anyone looking to be, well, overlooked. But if you look a little closer, you’d be surprised what’s hiding in plain sight.
Like any parent, Sharon Standifird wants her children to answer her calls and texts when she contacts them. Yet unlike most parents, when her son continued ignoring her digital overtures, she set out on a quest to create an app that would, well, force him to do just that.
Within moments of meeting Rohit Prakash it’s clear that he’s a methodical, deliberate thinker. These sorts of attributes are quite helpful when you’re launching a business, or if you’re studying to become a physician—both of which Prakash happens to have experience with.
Though still only his mid-20s, Scott Ferreira has already built quite a reputation for himself in the business world.
Fueled by their frustration, Stephen Powell and Josh Gustin sought to create a new, more efficient way to sell clothing. Eventually, they developed the idea for Gustin, which removes the middlemen from the economic equation. “Essentially, it’s like Kickstarter for fashion,” Gustin explains.
Once home to the largest textile mill in the world, and then largely dormant for decades, Manchester’s Millyard district is attracting 21st Century businesses into a 19th Century setting.
This summer, nearly 30 student entrepreneurs participated in Georgetown University’s Startup Hoyas Summer Launch Program, a highly selective, 2-month incubator. At the conclusion of the program, they presented their final business pitches to notable members of Washington, D.C.'s business community at 1776, D.C.’s premier startup and co-working space.
Though it might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “good government,” Iowa is, in fact, an example of a state that is supporting its economy by working with businesses to attract investment and create jobs.
This interactive infographic allows you to see firsthand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in 10 major American cities. Using data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Enterprising Cities Regulatory Climate Index, the S.B.A., and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it ranks cities according to their regulatory environments and highlights relevant small business data for the states where these urban centers are located.