The Antelope Valley soon will be the newest home of 1Million Cups, a free, weekly, nationwide program designed to educate, engage and accelerate early-stage startups.

1Million Cups believes in the notion that entrepreneurs can discover solutions and thrive when they collaborate over a million cups of coffee.

Do you have the next “billion dollar” tech idea?

This is your chance to present your business concept to an audience of fellow startups, entrepreneurs, community business leaders and investors, in a safe and educational environment.

Each week, one or two early-stage entrepreneurs will have six minutes to pitch their business concept and receive open and supportive feedback from people that want to see entrepreneurialism succeed in the Antelope Valley.

Who knows … you may just see the next big startup being born.

Beginning Sept. 13, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, local businesses and other interested community members are invited to attend, connect and support our local startups.

The inaugural 1 Million Cups in Antelope Valley will feature presentations by:

· Jennifer Broady, CEO of Kitty Hunk

· David Funna, CEO of Beat Quence

Local entrepreneurs and community organizers leading the Antelope Valley 1Million Cups are:

· Joseph Haecker, CEO of Dezignwall

· Dewayne Kendrick, President of Antelope Valley Homeless Outreach

· Kari Blackburn, Economic Development Manager for the City of Palmdale

· Joel Morgan, Regional Director, Workforce & Career Development for the City of Palmdale

“1 Million Cups gives our neighbors within the Antelope Valley an opportunity to start their dream of becoming an entrepreneur,” Joseph said. “Come support our community and help us build a thriving startup ecosystem.”

Price: Always free and open to the public

When: Beginning Sept. 13 from 8-9 a.m. and every Wednesday thereafter

Location: America’s Job Center of California, 38510 Sierra Hwy. Palmdale.

Interested in presenting your startup? Register here: www.1millioncups.com/antelopevalley

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