program highlights

  • Programs in 50+ cities in the United States
  • 300+ attendees weekly in Kansas City

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, advisors, and entrepreneurs.

Presenters prepare a six-minute educational presentation and engage in twenty 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 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 place every Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in locations all around the country. Each city runs the program semi-autonomously, and gathers in coffee shops, co-working spaces, and even TV stations.

It's been said that communities are built on a million cups of coffee and the conversations they create. Our hypothesis was that if Kansas City entrepreneurs had a million more cups of coffee together, we could fundamentally change the culture of entrepreneurship here.
— Nate Olson,
co-founder, 1 Million Cups