Enid Launches 1 Million Cups to Educate, Connect Local Entrepreneurs
Free, monthly program developed by the Kauffman Foundation
helps build startup communities nationwide
ENID, OKLA. ? Enid will soon be the newest home of a national program to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs. Founded by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee. The free, monthly gathering helps build startup communities on a grassroots level.
Beginning Feb. 28, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to attend the event scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of each month from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Five80 Coffeehouse, located at 122 E. Randolph Avenue in Enid, Okla.
The program’s model is consistent in each city: At each event, 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.
In each 1 Million Cups city, local entrepreneurs drive the program as community organizers. Volunteering for the leadership roles in Enid are:
• Suzanne Gray, owner of Anderson-Burris Funeral Home & Crematory
• Brenda Sheik, Self-Employment Coordinator at Autry Technology Center
• Christopher Sneed, Director of Fly Film Festival and full-time student
• Curtis D. Tucker, Entrepreneur and Creator of Enid Buzz
• Kegan Tuohy, Loan Officer/Credit Analyst at BancCentral
• Meredith Westfahl, Small Business Management Coordinator at Autry Technology Center
“Enid has a long history of celebrating that entrepreneurial spirit!” Tuohy said. “1 Million Cups Enid will add another dimension and energy to the support for small start-up businesses that Enid is known for.”
For more information on the program, contact Brenda Sheik at 580.242.2750 or visit www.1millioncups.com.