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National Program to Engage, Educate, and Connect Local Entrepreneurs Comes to Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) will be 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 network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee. The free weekly gathering helps build startup communities on a grassroots level.

Beginning January 9th, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders, and other interested community members are invited to attend the Eastside Library's 1 Million Cups gathering each Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at 1102 E. Montecito Street.

The program’s model is consistent in each city: Every Wednesday morning, one or 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 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.

Presenting entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather real-time feedback, and connect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away having advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations, whether through actively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs and community members. With over 14,000 businesses organizations in Santa Barbara City, from individuals working for themselves to small family-owned businesses to medium-sized firms and more, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse groups.

View the national website at and access the Santa Barbara microsite at to see upcoming presenters or to sign up to present.


Contact: Ahmad Merza, Librarian

Phone: 805-963-3727


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