Also includes debut of ProDev Day Seattle conference sponsored by Young Professionals of Seattle

Seattle, WA, April 25, 2018─Seattle soon will be the newest home of 1 Million Cups, the national program to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs on a grassroots level. Founded by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups, with chapters in 177 business communities nationwide, is based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee, at a grassroots level.

1 Million Cups kicks off in Seattle on May 9th, with entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members invited to attend weekly each Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at ATLAS Workbase, located at 500 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109. 

The inaugural meeting is also the kickoff for ProDev Day Seattle, a quarterly, conference style event, created by Young Professionals of Seattle. Aimed at job seekers, entrepreneurs and students taking their next step on their professional journey it includes networking, workshops, presentations, happy hour and lots more.

The 1 Million Cups format includes one early-stage startup who presents their company 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. The inaugural 1 Million Cups in Seattle will feature a presentation by local coworking company and sponsor, ATLAS Workbase CEO Bill Sechter.

In each 1 Million Cups city, local entrepreneurs drive the program as community organizers. Volunteering for the leadership roles in Seattle include:

“I’m honored and excited to share 1 Million Cups with Seattle entrepreneurs,” Johnson said. “We crafted an organizing team and sponsors who are incredibly passionate about serving this community.”

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About The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works together with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their futures and be successful. The Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and uses its $2 billion in assets to collaboratively help people be self-sufficient, productive citizens. For more information, visit and connect with us at and

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