1 Million Cups To Be Launched in Jackson

Jackson, Miss. – To celebrate the launch of 1 Million Cups (1MC) Jackson, Cups Espresso Cafe in Fondren is hosting a fundraiser and celebration on Tuesday, October 28. Scheduled from 6-8 p.m., the event will offer coffee, live music, a raffle and detailed information about how organizers plan to build the community “one cup of coffee at a time.” During the event, Cups Espresso Cafe will donate 100% of the profits to 1MC Jackson.

Sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC will be hosted each week at The Hatch, located at 126 Keener Ave. in Jackson. The Hatch is the flagship facility for The Hub, Midtown Partners Inc.’s Creative Economy development that is managed in partnership with Millsaps College’s Entrepreneurship initiative, ELSEWorks. The Hub in Midtown provides emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses in Mississippi’s creative economy with affordable workspace and business assistance. The center is designed around the concept of flexible and shared spaces that provide opportunities for creatives to connect.

“We are so excited to have the Kauffman Foundation’s support to provide this platform for the exchange of ideas and guidance for start-up businesses at The Hatch. It will surely contribute to the success of this facility,” said Midtown Partners’ executive director, Kristi Hendrix, PhD.

Organizers of 1MC Jackson include: Whitney Grant of Midtown Partners, Matthew McLaughlin of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., and Curnis Upkins of the Hinds County Economic Development Authority.

For more information, visit http://jackson.sites.1millioncups.com/.



1MC is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather real-time feedback, connect with a community that truly cares about their progress and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The program takes place every Wednesday morning from 9-10 a.m. in locations all around the country.



Established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is among the largest private foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. Our vision is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens in their communities. In service of this vision, we focus our grant making and operations on two areas — education and entrepreneurship — which our founder, Ewing Kauffman, saw as two ends of a continuum. A quality education is the foundation for self-sufficiency, preparing young people for success in college and in life. Many young adults will work in businesses started by entrepreneurs. Some will become entrepreneurs themselves, providing jobs and wealth for society.