The 1 Million Cups program is coming to Wichita. The goal of the weekly national program is to strengthen entrepreneurship in local communities.
With four Wichita State staff members on the educational program’s committee, 1 Million Cups comes to WSU Old Town on Feb. 10. The 1 Million Cups Program began in Kansas City nearly four years ago, and has since expanded to over 80 cities around the country. The program’s name comes from the idea that entrepreneurs network and make discoveries over a million cups of coffee. Designed to engage, educate and connect entrepreneurs to the community, Wichita’s 1 Million Cups team includes Mark Torline, Director of Ventures and the Center for Entrepreneurship at WSU; and Ennovar staff members Ryan Uptmor, executive director; Kenton Hansen, software development lab director; and Tonya Witherspoon, strategy officer. For a full list of committee members, click here.
The first 1 Million Cups program will begin at 9 a.m. on Feb. 10. This program will feature two startups, Fliphound and Atlas MD. Fliphound is the largest independent digital billboard on line, and Atlas MD is one of the fastest growing direct primary care practices in the country. Each of the two startups will present for six minutes, and will open itself up for a 20 minute question and answer session which will end with the question: "What can we, as a community, do to support you?"
"It's designed to help startups and even established businesses solve problems, overcome failures and work through challenges," said Witherspoon. "It's a way to bring the community together to spur economic growth and innovation."
The WSU Media Resources Center will film each week’s program and upload the video to YouTube. The programs will also be aired on WSUTV Cox Channel 13.
The program is sponsored by KMUW, WSU’s Ennovar and Community Engagement Institute.
The program will occur each Wednesday at the same time and location. The program is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for networking, and the presentations will run from 9-10 a.m.