Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) in Georgetown launched their 1 Million Cups program this summer, looking to educate, connect and inspire local entrepreneurs. The weekly program, which is held on the DTCC campus, helps to build startup communities nationwide as Delaware became the newest of ten locations throughout the United States.
The 1 Million Cups program began in April 2012 in Kansas City, the hometown of its founding organization, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The network is on target to expand to 20 U.S. cities by the end of 2013 and at least one international city during that same timeline. Each Wednesday morning in each 1 Million Cups city, two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisers and, most importantly, other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes and then fields audience questions for another 20 minutes.
“Our vision is to put Delaware on the map and have the rest of the country talking about what Delaware’s entrepreneurs are doing,” commented Christopher Moody, Director of Corporate and Community Programs at Delaware Technical Community College. “Our presenters share their vision of what it is they are doing and how they are being innovative.”
Among businesses and entrepreneurs from the Delaware area several industries including restaurants, distilleries, consulting, energy and media have been represented at 1 Million Cup conversations to date. Co-owner of Milford LIVE.com, Bryan Shupe, was given the opportunity to speak about the ever-changing role of the media in today’s society and the evolving way in which individuals digest their news and information.
“The business really developed out of a need to deliver news and information through more practical and popular mediums but also a need for a return to traditional journalism,” commented MilfordLIVE.com founder Bryan Shupe. “We have been able to connect individuals, organizations and businesses together in one place online.” Started by Milford natives Bryan Shupe and Dave Burris in 2010, the pair has grown the company into Milford’s largest online media outlet.
The 1 Million Cups Program at Delaware Tech is continually looking for entrepreneurs to present their ideas and businesses to the other entrepreneurs, innovators, and interested community members on Wednesday mornings at Java 101 in the Student Services Center on Delaware Technical Community College’s Jack F. Owens Campus in Georgetown.
“We want to hear from aspiring entrepreneurs or new business owners that have been in business for less than three years,” commented Moody. “It is a great networking opportunity and we are already seeing past presenters benefiting from this program as they connect with the larger community.
For more information on the 1 Million Cups program, individuals are encouraged to visit the national website at www.1millioncups.com or access the Georgetown microsite at http://delaware.sites.1millioncups.com. Entrepreneurs interested in more information or becoming a presenter are encouraged to contact Chris Moody, Director of Corporate and Community Programs at Delaware Technical Community College, at 302-259-6315.