1 Million Cups Initiative Comes to NCC’s CIE

Caffeinating an entrepreneurial nation

Mia Rossi,

Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 180 communities, which now includes a chapter in the Lehigh Valley at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northampton Community College’s Follett Family Southside Center.

During this free weekly event, every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., two entrepreneurs get six minutes each to tell their story. Attendees give valuable input and feedback on what they hear. Free coffee is provided. 

Raja Bhattacharya, director of the CIE, feels that, “1 Million Cups provides an opportunity for those entrepreneurs and businesses that do not get a chance to stand up and tell their stories. This is an event where they can show their vulnerabilities without being judged. In many cases, they are the backbone of the Lehigh Valley community. From a student perspective, this is a great way to hear and learn from the real-life practitioners.”

Attendees do not have to sign-up to attend, but individuals must apply to present. Find more information on the Lehigh Valley 1 Million Cups. Visit https://www.1millioncups.com/lehigh-valley. One can apply to present through this link as well.

The organizing committee for Lehigh Valley 1 Million Cups consists of NCC, Small Business Development Center, SCORE, TD Bank, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem and Bridal Buddy.