Las Vegas, NV. – 1 Million Cups, a program to engage, educate and connect entrepreneurs, is set to launch in Las Vegas on Wednesday, August 13. The weekly event will be located in the inNEVation Center, powered by Switch. 1 Million Cups is a weekly gathering that is building startup communities over cups of coffee and conversation across the country.
1 Million Cups began in April 2012 in Kansas City, the hometown of its founding organization, Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. With the launch in Las Vegas, 1 Million Cups has expanded its network to 50 U.S. cities and accomplished the growth goal Kauffman program leaders set for 2014.
The program’s model is consistent in each location. Each Wednesday morning, two early-stage startups present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes and then fields audience questions for another 20 minutes.
Las Vegas entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members will meet at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at 6795 Edmond St 3rd Floor, LV NV 89118.
In each 1 Million Cups’ city, local entrepreneurs drive the program as community organizers. Assuming the leadership roles in Las Vegas are Phil Randazzo, Adam Kramer, Mark Brown, Chris Hanway, Ann Diab, and Thomas Typinski.
“We’re totally pumped to partner with the Kauffman Foundation to bring 1 Million Cups to Las Vegas and look forward to inviting entrepreneurs across Southern Nevada to join us each week,” Randazzo said. “This program is a great opportunity for our entrepreneurs to share what they’ve been working on.”
About the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.