A new entrepreneurship program is launching in Central Ohio. July 11 marks the inaugural meet up of 1 Million Cups Columbus.
Launched by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2012, 1 Million Cups epitomizes the connections entrepreneurs often make over cups of coffee, providing a platform to educate, engage and inspire the local entrepreneurial community. The free, weekly gathering has expanded to more than 180 communities across the country, now including Columbus.
Every Wednesday morning promises the same format – early-stage startups have six minutes to pitch their businesses to a community of mentors, advisors and other entrepreneurs, followed by 20 minutes of Q&A from the audience.
Alex Frommeyer, CEO and Founder of Beam Dental, will take the stage for the first event in Columbus. The smartphone connected toothbrush turned dental and ancillary benefits company is fresh of the closure of its Series C round of funding totaling $22.5 million.
Leading the charge for 1 Million Cups Columbus are:
- Steve Flaherty, Principal of WENO & Owner of Yumii Kettle Corn
- Chad Snow, CEO of Sesame
- Taylor Kolon, Owner of Pure Equity Group
- Ray Hughes, Principal of WENO & Owner of TradesPro
- Heather Harmon, Director of Marketing at Rev1 Ventures
1 Million Cups Columbus events will be held at Rev1 Ventures, 1275 Kinnear Rd., every Wednesday from 9 – 10 a.m.
For more information, visit www.1millioncups.com/columbusoh.