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1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

a safe space for entrepreneurs

1 Million Cups meets in Columbia at the REDI Hub every Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Columbia was one of the first 12 cities that launched 1 Million Cups programs. Now, more than 200 communities around the world gather for 1 Million Cups each week.

As an experiential learning opportunity, the 1 Million Cups format is consistent in each location. Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city.

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

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