Boston Launches 1 Million Cups to Educate, Connect Local Entrepreneurs


Free, monthly program developed by the Kauffman Foundation helps build startup communities nationwide 

(BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 1, 2018) Boston soon will 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 March 14, 2018, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to attend each Wednesday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Boston University’s BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, located at 730 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline, MA 02446.

The program’s model is consistent in each city: Once a month on a 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 Boston will feature presentations by The Collective, which helps women find functional clothing, and Cannabis and Community Care Research Network, which specializes in providing high-quality advocacy, research, and education services related to Cannabis.

In each 1 Million Cups city, local entrepreneurs and organization drive the program as community organizers. Volunteering for the leadership roles in Boston are:

  • Boston University Innovate@BU
  • MassChallenge
  • Interise
  • TIE Boston
  • The Capital Network

“Along with our partner organizations, we’re thrilled to make this platform available in Boston,” said Rachel Spekman, Program Director of Business Ventures for Innovate@BU, “I can’t think of a better way to bring the community together to support entrepreneurs teams.”

View the national website at and access the Boston microsite at

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works together with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their futures and be successful. The Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and uses its $2 billion in assets to collaboratively help people be self-sufficient, productive citizens. For more information, visit and connect with us at and

Media Contacts:

Ahlea Isabella, Boston University – (617) 353-8702,

Kim Wallace, Kauffman Foundation — (816) 932-1254,