Orlando Will Launch 1 Million Cups to Educate, Connect Local Entrepreneurs


Author:  Shea Glenny
Publisher: Kauffman Foundation
Date: September 9, 2013

1 Million Cups, a program to engage, educate and connect entrepreneurs, is set to launch in Orlando on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The hub of tourism and technology in central Florida, Orlando is the newest location – and the 14th nationwide – to host the weekly gathering that is building startup communities over cups of coffee and conversation across the country.

1 Million Cups began in April 2012 in Kansas City, the hometown of its founding organization, Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The 1 Million Cups network is on target to expand to 20 U.S. cities by the end of 2013, and at least one international city is expected to join the mix.

The program’s model is consistent in each location. Each Wednesday morning, two early-stage startups present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes and then fields audience questions for another 20 minutes. Read more here.