Courtesy of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

1 Million Cups Kansas City moving from event’s birthplace to new home



1 Million Cups Kansas City is moving away from the place where the 1 Million Cups movement was born.

After six years at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups Kansas City will relocate to Plexpod Westport Commons, Kansas City’s largest coworking space.

1 Million Cups, a weekly entrepreneurial showcase and networking event, was started at the Kauffman Foundation in 2012. Since then, it has spread to 180 communities across the U.S., including seven in Missouri — Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Sedalia, Springfield and St. Louis.

Based on the idea that entrepreneurial communities are created over one million cups of coffee, 1 Million Cups was designed to bring local entrepreneurs together each week. The event generally follows the same format wherever it’s held: two entrepreneurs present each week, discussing their business for six minutes and then fielding 20 minutes of questions and feedback from attendees.

The Kauffman Foundation will continue to sponsor and support the Kansas City program and the development of 1 Million Cups communities across the nation. The last 1 Million Cups event at the foundation will take place on Jun. 27. After a summer break during July, 1 Million Cups will move to Plexpod in August.

“This move is an excellent opportunity to breathe fresh air into the program and integrate ourselves even more deeply into Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community,” Courtney Windholz, lead organizer of 1 Million Cups Kansas City, said in a press release.

Plexpod is located in the building that formerly housed Westport Junior High. The coworking space has two other locations in the metro area and is still working to expand.

“We look forward to hosting 1MCKC each Wednesday morning,” Gerald Smith, founder and CEO of Plexpod, said in a press release. “Our mission to grow and nurture entrepreneurship in Kansas City exactly aligns with 1MCKC. Together we can continue to support Kansas City entrepreneurs in even more exciting and robust ways.”

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