ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Round Rock Chamber announced today that the city has been selected for the Kauffman Foundation’s 1 Million Cups (1MC) initiative. 1MC is “a free program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs with their communities.” It is currently in 116 locations across the country including Austin, Charlotte, and Salt Lake City and acceptance to the program accomplishes the need to “foster a more connected network of entrepreneurs,” which is one of the chamber’s recommendations in its REV UP Round Rock community entrepreneurship strategy.
“By enabling meaningful connections, we seek to develop a community-wide support system for entrepreneurs and especially those who are early in their entrepreneurial journeys,” said Amy Mizcles, the chamber’s vice president of community enhancement. “We are extremely proud that Round Rock has been accepted as the 117th 1MC community and look forward to our local entrepreneurs, and the community as a whole, becoming significant factors in its long-term success.”
1MC’s focuses on developing a robust entrepreneurial network by having one or two local, early-stage enterprises present their businesses, along with any challenges they are experiencing, to a group of community members, who can then ask questions, provide advice, and offer support. Ultimately, the goal is to create relationships that foster peer-to-peer interaction and mentoring. The chamber was required to complete a number of steps prior to applying and Round Rock getting accepted to the program.
The chamber is in the process of preparing for the public launch of 1MC Round Rock this fall and will have more details available in the coming months.