1 Million Cups Coming to Williston

A new program for entrepreneurs and business startups is coming to Williston! The first 11 Million Cups Logo.png Million Cups meeting will be held March 1, 2017.

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a grassroots program that supports early-stage business owners. Williston Economic Development is leading the effort to start the program in its hometown. Executive Director Shawn Wenko said he was notified in early January that Williston’s application had been approved.

“One of the steps that we have taken towards fostering the entrepreneurial spirit was seeking to become a 1 Million Cups Community. We are happy to report the City of Williston has been accepted,” said Wenko.

The Kaufman Foundation started 1MC in Kansas City about five years ago. Today there are more than 110 1MC communities nationwide, including programs in Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks, North Dakota.

“1 Million Cups is a free national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs,” said Wenko. “1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.”

WED is working with several community leaders to launch the Williston program. The meetings will be held the first Wednesday morning of each month at a place and time yet to be determined. Each meeting will follow the same format; two early-stage startups will have up to six minutes to present their companies followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Coffee and pastries will be provided.

Wenko said he hopes the program will foster a supportive, welcoming space for entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

“One of our goals in 2017 is to find additional ways to develop business from within our community and region.  It starts with the entrepreneur,” said Wenko.

Williston 1MC has an active website, twitter and Facebook page. More details about who will be presenting as well as the place and time of the meeting will be posted soon.


For more information please contact Shawn Wenko at or 701-577-8110.