1 Million Cups, a program created by Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation to engage, educate and connect entrepreneurs, launched in Peoria on October 30th. Our All-America City location is the newest location - and the 18th nationwide - to host the weekly gathering that is building startup communities over cups of coffee and conversation across the country.
The 1 Million Cups model is consistent across the US: Every Wednesday morning in each city, two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes and then fields audience questions for another 20 minutes. The program is run entirely by local entrepreneurs who serve as community organizers.
Entrepreneurs, innovators and interested community members from Central Illinois will meet at 8:00 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month.