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1 Million Cups Southern Indiana launches

Free, weekly program helps build start-up communities
1 Million Cups Southern Indiana launches 1 Million Cups Southern Indiana launches

Southern Indiana is 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 connect and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee. The free, weekly gathering helps build start-up communities on a grassroots level.

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to attend each Wednesday from 8 to 9 a.m. at The Root, a co-working space located at 110 E. Market St. in New Albany.

Each Wednesday morning, two early-stage startups will present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder will present for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.

The inaugural 1 Million Cups Southern Indiana event will feature presentations by Rich Boling of Techshot, a Floyd County based company that develops, owns, and operates research and manufacturing equipment aboard the International Space Station, and Jim Book of Starlight Coffee, a local coffee shop and roastery with three locations.

In each 1 Million Cups city, local entrepreneurs drive the program as community organizers. The launch of 1 Million Cups Southern Indiana is made possible through collaboration with Floyd County Government, Purdue Center for Regional Development, the Floyd County Library and The Root.

“The launch of 1 Million Cups is part of the county’s overall effort to promote entrepreneurialism within the community,” said Don Lopp, director of operations and county planning for Floyd County Government. “Growing locally-based businesses strengthens the overall local community and its economy. This program is another resource for start-up companies to use in their efforts of building their business.”

Brigid Morrissey, co-founder of The Root, is also involved with 1 Million Cups Southern Indiana.

“This is another point of entry for startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs to engage in their community and spurn growth in their business, in the region and within themselves,” said Morrissey. “The Root serves as a connecting point, between Louisville and Southern Indiana, between businesses and between individuals and the abundant resources in the area. The opportunity to bring something fresh and inspiring to the ecosystem fits neatly into The Root’s vision of showing the business world what love looks like.”

View the national website at and access the 1 Million Cups Southern Indiana microsite at