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From Concept to 34 Cities in 24 Months

Recently, we celebrated the two-year anniversary of the launch of 1 Million Cups. We never try to hide the fact that 1 Million Cups was/is still a large experiment in how to build grassroots entrepreneurial communities. When we look back in two years, there are a few things that we are very proud of and want to highlight.

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Posted by: Nate Olson
on April 17, 2014
The 5 Best Mistakes We Made in 2013 (and How We're Learning From Them)

With 1 Million Cups, as with any startup, our tendency is to put our best foot forward. We spend a lot of time talking about all of the great successes that we've had over the past year--and there have been many. But one of the things that makes our program special is that sense of having a safe space to share what you haven't done well and what you're struggling with on a day-to-day basis.

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Posted by: Nate Olson
on January 15, 2014
Forbes Six Lessons For Building Startup Communities From 1 Million Cups Founders

Cities across the country are eager to build or strengthen their startup communities. They recognize that entrepreneurs thrive when they live in a supportive environment. And when entrepreneurs thrive, so do their local economies. It's a win-win.

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Posted by: Nate Olson
on November 05, 2013
1MC: Building the Most Dynamic, Diverse Startup Community

Last week marked an important milestone in the development of the 1 Million Cups program. For the last year, each city's weekly 1 Million Cups event has been run by our community organizers, a team of volunteer entrepreneurs. That's right people,VOLUNTEERS! Our community organizers are some of the most talented, creative, genuine, and collaborative entrepreneurs on the planet. In addition to being the thought leaders in grassroots entrepreneurship in their communities, they hold down day jobs working with or running startups. With all that brainpower at our disposal, we knew we had to get all of our community organizers together in Kansas City to plan for the future of 1 Million Cups as it continues to grow.

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Posted by: Nate Olson
on October 23, 2013
For People Growing Great Ideas

Entrepreneurship.org has evolved over the years to our most current release, focusing on the needs of savvy entrepreneurs and innovators. We strive for an interactive experience that provides rich, current content to assist entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey.

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Posted by: Annette Beck
on October 02, 2013
1 Million Cups Launches in Orlando, San Diego

Today is a very exciting day for the 1 Million Cups program. We are three quarters of the way to our goal of twenty U.S. cities by then end of 2013. But more importantly, the debut launch of 1MC Orlando and San Diego demonstrates the power of collaboration at the grassroots level.

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Posted by: Nate Olson
on September 11, 2013
'Dream Big America' Increases Startup Exposure

Last week we launched a brand new program for startup companies who had previously presented at 1 Million Cups, the Kauffman Foundation's weekly educational program that features two local startups presenting to the community over coffee. This new effort, launched with the folks at Dream Big America, will continue to put a spotlight on startup companies from throughout the country.

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Posted by: Nate Olson
on July 17, 2013
Community Is the New Currency
In her book, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, Hillary Clinton famously (or infamously, based upon your politics) advocated for a society that assumes shared responsibility for raising children. I have concluded that there is some value to "the Village," but in an emerging way that may be redefining what we expect from the communities in which we engage. [More]
Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on May 2, 2013
Just a Cup of Joe?

Some of my entrepreneurially-interested coworkers at the Kauffman Foundation have an interesting article on Huffington Post right now. It dissects the organic growth of 1 Million Cups (1MC) in support of a new finding: that word of mouth networking helps build early-stage startup communities better than social media.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on April 2, 2013
How Many Cups to Launch?

When I was a wee lad in the ancient times of the 1970s, I remember an old commercial for Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pops that asked how many licks it takes to get to the center of their delicious lollipops. At the Foundation we are posing a similar question with a modern, caffeinated, twist and applying it to a slightly more constructive purpose.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on June 27, 2012
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