1 Million Cups is a program run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.
1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather realtime feedback, connect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities.
The program takes place every Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:00am in locations all around the country. Each city runs the program semi-autonomously, and gather in coffee shops, co-working spaces, and even TV stations.
1 Million Cups organizers are supported by world-class resources including:
• Access to the global network of community organizers
• The 1 Million Cups Organizer Playbook
• City website and community management tools
• Social media accounts, press releases, design materials, swag and
access to a growing number of national sponsors and opportunities
• Coaching from 1 Million Cups staff
• Subsidized trips to Kansas City for periodic organizer summits
As a part of the 1 Million Cups family you will be:
• Joining an elite network of startup community leaders from around the world
• Developing your personal brand and business knowledge
• Providing opportunities for local startups to gain national exposure
• Educating and accelerating your local startups to be more successful over time
• Building a social fabric between entrepreneurs and the broader community
• Providing the world with a view into your startup community and what makes it