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1 Million Cups

1 Million CupsĀ® is a free, monthly, 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.


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, advisers, 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 real-time 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 on the first Wednesday of each month from 8:00-9:00am. Other locations have a program every Wednesday, from 9:00-10:00am. Visit our "Find an Event" page for a list of locations. Each city runs the program semi-autonomously, and gather in coffee shops, co-working spaces, and even TV stations.

1 Million Cups is a program run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. If you're interested in bringing 1 Million Cups to your community, please let us know. Start by visiting our "Caffeinate Your Community" page. We'll take it from there.



  • Mentoring Programs

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General
Primary ContactBrian Anderson
Addresss1306 N. Berkeley Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603