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1 Million Cups program for startups coming to Las Vegas

1 Million Cups program for startups coming to Las Vegas

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 12, 2014

The inNEVation Center is bring 1 Million Cups to Las Vegas.

1 Million Cups is a national program that is based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee. It is a free, weekly gathering that helps to build startup communities on a grassroots level.

Beginning Aug. 13, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and other interested community members are invited to attend each Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at The inNEVation Center, a state-of-the-art public/private collaboration space created by Switch. It is located at 6795 Edmond St. in Las Vegas, west of McCarran International Airport and immediately south of Interstate 215.

1 Million Cups began in 2012 at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, and is now held in more than 50 locations. The program’s model is consistent in every city: Each Wednesday morning, two early-stage startups present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.

The inaugural 1 Million Cups in Las Vegas will feature presentations by:

-- Ryan Cormier, founder of Forward Digital, a search-engine marketing agency based in downtown Las Vegas
-- Jinger Zeng, chief operating officer of Skyworks Aerial Systems, a hardware company that develops small and adaptable unmanned aerial systems.

In each 1 Million Cups city, local entrepreneurs drive the program as community organizers. Volunteering for the leadership roles in Las Vegas are: Mark Brown, founder of Mark Brown Strategies; Ann Diab, an active supporter of the “VegasTech” community; Chris Hanway, founder and president of Hanway Enterprises LLC; Phil Randazzo, founder of American Dream U; and Thomas Typinski, founder and CEO of Peak Physique Inc.

Click here for the national website for the program or click here for the local website.

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.