Ocala Launching 1 Million Cups
Ryan Lilly, Ocala/Marion County CEP – (352) 629-8051 x 125, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peggy Landon, Kauffman Foundation — (816) 932-1256, email@example.com
Ocala to Launch 1 Million Cups
to Educate, Connect Local Entrepreneurs
Free, weekly program developed by the Kauffman Foundation
helps build startup communities nationwide
(OCALA, FL) Ocala soon will be the newest home of a national program to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs. 1 Million Cups — based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee — is a free, weekly gathering that helps to build startup communities on a grassroots level.
Beginning Wednesday, September 20, 2017, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to attend each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30 a.m. at the CEP’s Power Plant Business Incubator – 2nd Floor, located at 405 SE Osceola Ave. Ocala.
The program’s model is consistent in each city: Every 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.
“Our group of local 1 Million Cups organizers are very excited about launching this program in Ocala,” said Ryan Lilly, Vice President of Business Creation for the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP). “This is a great way for new entrepreneurs to get feedback on their business ideas in a supportive environment. We encourage people to not only attend this free event each week, but also to apply to speak via our website.”
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. Visit www.kauffman.org for more information.
The Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership was created to be a one-stop hub for the community’s business attraction, creation and retention efforts. The CEP’s mission is to be the catalyst for a prosperous community. Its Moving Forward-Phase II plan seeks to impact the creation of 4,500 new jobs with wages 15 percent above the county average and resulting in a capital investment of $400 million by 2021. Visit www.OcalaCEP.com for more information.
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