Spotted: 1 Million Cups MKE

The Milwaukee chapter of 1 Million Cups relaunched May 3 at the Wauwatosa co-working space Expansive.

Local organizer, Dujuan Cherry and 1 Million Cups Midwest Regional Representative, Ben McDougal kicked off the event in front of a small, but enthusiastic, crowd.

Milwaukee-based founders Elzie Flenard III and Dr. Grace Hameister shared the origin stories of their businesses and discussed plans for the development of their emerging companies.

Flenard III, owner of Podcast Town told of his entrepreneurial journey and the impact of podcasting. He attributes much of his success to his ability to seek out and implement the coaching of successful business people.

FoodFiXR CEO Hameister, who recently appeared on Project Pitch It, noted the influence of gener8tor’s Molly Dill in transitioning her concierge medical practice into a technology platform that can be used by a wide audience. She anticipates the minimum viable product (MVP) of her food-as-medicine wellness app will be released in the coming weeks.

The national program is designed 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 one million cups of coffee. The free gathering helps build startup communities on a grassroots level.

The program’s model is consistent in each city: the first Wednesday morning of every month, 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 10-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.

The Milwaukee chapter is seeking applications from early-stage businesses to present at future events. Interested founders should contact Dujuan Cherry.

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