Locally, the Wednesday-morning meetings at the Kauffman Foundation have become the place to be seen and for those in the startup and technology scene to network. Often they are standing-room-only affairs. Previously, the Kauffman Foundation had announced that 1 Million Cups will start in other Midwestern big cities, including Des Moines, Houston and St. Louis. Columbia and Lawrence will bring the total cities hosting 1 Million Cups meetings to 12.
In Lawrence, the startup hangouts will be hosted at Cider Gallery (810 Pennsylvania). The first startups to pitch their ideas will be LawrenceHits.com, the Internet radio station, and Rainbow International Restoration, an emergency services company. Columbia's 1 Million Cups gatherings will be held at Regional Economic Development Inc. (500 E. Walnut, Suite 102). The first presenters will be Baka Specialties, a maker of gardening tools, and Wheelchair Personalities, which sells decorated wheelchair-back covers.
Like the mother ship 1 Million Cups, the Lawrence and Columbia presentations begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.