Yasuyuki Motoyama and I have a paper out today about 1 Million Cups (1MC), a program of Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation. 1MC brings together entrepreneurs weekly on Wednesday mornings--two startups talk about their businesses for about six minutes each, followed by Q&A for twenty minutes with the audience, which is compromised of anyone who wants to attend, typically other entrepreneurs, mentors, advisers, and other supporters of entrepreneurship. The program is free and as the name suggests provides ample coffee to attendees. We conducted a survey of attendees of the program back in November 2012, or roughly seven months after the program first launched in Kansas City.
There is a press release about the survey findings from Kauffman here; the paper is here; we have an article in Huffington Post about some high-level findings going up later today and I will update this post when it goes live. **Update: Huffington Post article is here. Last but not least, Jordan Bell-Masterson put together an interactive chart about some of the survey data about other Kansas City programs here.
I think the paper is particularly relevant for community organizers who are starting new programs, especially in small to medium-sized regions. I'm tempted to write more but it would just be regurgitating what is written elsewhere, so I'll just say check out the paper if you're interested in learning more.