Weekly Networking Event at Kean University Inspires Entrepreneurs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2017

Union, N.J. - Kean University is working to accelerate early stage startups by hosting 1 Million Cups, a free nationwide networking program designed to support, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Each week, two entrepreneurs will present their startups, followed by a question and answer session. 1 Million Cups convenes on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in the Barnes & Noble bookstore located inside Kean’s Green Lane Academic Building at 1040 Morris Ave. in Union, New Jersey.

Local entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors, student entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and the entire community are invited to come, enjoy free coffee and support local businesses. Every third Wednesday of the month, the series will explore the theme of Social Entrepreneurship.

1 Million Cups provides a venue for start-up entrepreneurs to present problems to a knowledgeable audience of fellow entrepreneurs and receive meaningful feedback and insights,” said Kean University Professor Janine Black, Ph.D. “Students at Kean University, especially those who plan to start their own companies, will hear real-life examples and benefit from the audience’s suggestions on how to resolve issues and face challenging entrepreneurial environments.”

Inspired by the concept that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee, 1 Million Cups is sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation. 1 Million Cups at Kean University recently hosted Brett Sodie of Podium, an online platform that records and shares university classes and Bruce Waltuck of Freethinc...For A Change, a personal consultancy described as "consulting through a new lens.”

David Margulies, regional director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC),  at Kean University, will present an overview of the Center’s services and host a half-hour 1 Million Cups networking event at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4. The NJSBDC at Kean University serves Union County and provides finance, marketing, management, bookkeeping, registration and certification services to small business owners. One-on-one counseling is provided at no cost to clients. To learn more visit: www.kean.edu/sbdc.

Photo caption: Christian Balevski (left) and Brett Sodie (right) of Podium present Learn What Matters, a 1 Million Cups at Kean University event.


Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctorate degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable, accessible and world-class education. Visit Kean online at www.kean.edu



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