The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Kansas City), among its many worthy endeavors, has done much to help entrepreneurs flourish.  One of its more recent and very impressive creations in this arena is the founding almost a year ago of “1 Million Cups” (1MC).  The principal idea was communities are built around coffee cups.  Therefore, the more folks we can network to entrepreneurs, the better for everyone.

In that spirit, every Wednesday morning entrepreneurs and those supportive of entrepreneurs convene to hear a couple startup pitches.  People can also attend live online.  The audience is able to engage each presenter to ask questions and offer advice.  I think this is an excellent idea to help the business community in general and entrepreneurs in particular.

What is even more exciting is 1MC has been expanding to other cities.  In addition to its Kansas City home base, 1MC now includes Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Houston, Reno, and Saint Louis.  Plans are in place for more growth too.

Entrepreneurship is so dependent on collaboration and idea exchange.  Being able to network, field questions, and entertain alternate perspectives is extremely valuable.  It seems to me 1MC has found the sweet spot in this realm.  I look forward to many happy returns from 1MC.


About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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