On April 5, organizers from UW-Eau Claire's College of Business will launch a local program through 1 Million Cups (1MC), a free, national program that educates, engages and connects entrepreneurs across the country.
Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. The culture surrounding 1MC is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.
Here's how it works: On April 5 (and every Wednesday thereafter), the Eau Claire 1 Million Cups program will host a one-hour gathering at 9 a.m. at The Local Lounge, 2106 N. Clairemont Ave. Every week, one or two entrepreneurs will make a six-minute presentation about their business. After their presentation, they will have 20 minutes to answer questions and seek advice from the audience.
Ann Rupnow, UW-Eau Claire College of Business entrepreneurship and economic development coordinator, and Diane Hoadley, College of Business dean emerita, are spearheading the Eau Claire 1MC program. For more information or to apply to give a presentation, visit http://www.1millioncups.com/eauclaire.