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Loudoun SourceLink: Loudoun Highlights Women Startups for Global Entrepreneurship Week

Published Nov 25, 2015 by Sarah Mote

Loudoun Economic Development ​partnered with Empowered Women International to cosponsor a special 1 Million Cups event on Wednesday, November 18.

The 1MC program ​gave two local entrepreneurs the chance to present their startups to an informal gathering of peers, mentors, advisors and small business owners. Presenters ​received feedback on how to improve their potential for success. On November 18, the presenters were alumni from Empowered Women International. 

1MC was started by the Kauffman Foundation and now takes place in 35 cities across the U.S. each week. It’s based on the premise that it takes a million cups of coffee to launch a successful business – in other words, making one-on-one connections with potential partners, employees, investors and allied professionals is key to a company’s growth.

“Loudoun got involved with 1MC to help speed up the process of getting new businesses up and running,” said Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer. “We take some of the trial-and-error out of connecting entrepreneurs to the right people and the right information. We want to make it easier to create, locate and accelerate businesses in Loudoun.