What we're about

We connect, inspire, educate and empower all entrepreneurs!

Entrepreneurship provides us a way to change the economy and cultivate social impact through inclusion. Our members span industry sector, experience and education level, age groups, and ethnicity.

When the Kauffmann Fondation held their first 1 Million Cups meeting in April 2012, nobody could imagine the impact of what just happened: As of today, more than 140 communities meet Wednesday mornings to discuss the founder experience.

Speakers come in weekly, and they share their individual stories on making new sales, surviving their first few years in business, and how they intend to scale-up.

Come and join our community of founders, committed to a better Richmond, a great startup community in our city, and even more founder inclusion.

For more information please visit http://www.1MillionCups.com

Upcoming events (3)

Mary Mitchell of Chrysalist Studios LLC

10801 Hull Street Rd

Mary Mitchell has created Chrysalist Studios LLC as a medium for positive Afrocentric storytelling. Through online radio and other digital media, she gives voice to people's lived experience. Learn about her journey to mobilize this business, her motivation, Chrysalist services, and her strategy for growing its impact. --- Each week 1 Million Cups Richmond highlights entrepreneurs, and provides a great learning environment for entrepreneurs to assist one another. It is a national program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and we at RVA Works have been pleased to bring this program to Richmond. Since 2014 we have held over 200 unique networking events for entrepreneurs. This is a setting in which business founders come to connect, inspire and educate one another. Each week an entrepreneur provides their business model and growth plans, and they benefit from questions and peer recommendations. Other founders in the audience refine their ideas, build their team, and develop local sales.

Technology Disrupting Real Estate by Diane Williams

VCU Depot Building

Diane Williams, founder of IT-SD, will cover her extensive experience with Accenture, and how her process improvement experience is translating into a new technology to streamline real estate transactions. She explains, "Currently unlicensed real estate investors expend significant amounts of manual effort to submit a purchase or sale contract. We have identified significant efficiencies in generating contracts from a mobile application." --- Each week 1 Million Cups Richmond highlights entrepreneurs, and provides a great learning environment for entrepreneurs to assist one another. It is a national program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and we at RVA Works have been pleased to bring this program to Richmond. Since 2014 we have held over 200 unique networking events for entrepreneurs. This is a setting in which business founders come to connect, inspire and educate one another. Each week an entrepreneur provides their business model and growth plans, and they benefit from questions and peer recommendations. Other founders in the audience refine their ideas, build their team, and develop local sales.

Michael Hyland, Turning Point Pen Co.

Gather - Short Pump

Michael Hyland, launched Turning Point Pen Co., which crafts and sells handmade roller and fountain pens. Turning Point’s pens feature a variety of embellishments such as 24-karat gold plating, Swarovski crystals and acrylic resin bodies. They range from $145 to $300. Learn about Hyland's motivation for starting this business, his journey in establishing initial sales, and his plans for growth. Please see his coverage in RichmondBizSense: https://bit.ly/2ZpSAJp --- Each week 1 Million Cups Richmond highlights entrepreneurs, and provides a great learning environment for entrepreneurs to assist one another. It is a national program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and we at RVA Works have been pleased to bring this program to Richmond. Since 2014 we have held over 200 unique networking events for entrepreneurs. This is a setting in which business founders come to connect, inspire and educate one another. Each week an entrepreneur provides their business model and growth plans, and they benefit from questions and peer recommendations. Other founders in the audience refine their ideas, build their team, and develop local sales.

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