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1 Million Cups Rochester aims to connect entrepreneurs

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

A program based in Kansas City, Missouri has made it's way to Rochester. 

1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. 

The free program is designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs with their communities. 

On Wednesday the Rochester chapter had their monthly meeting and the focus was music.

"We wanted to do something in the summer that's really representative of summer fun and we came up with the idea of lets do it around music, and around the love of music in Rochester and the emerging music here in town," said 1Million Cups Rochester volunteer, Jamie Sundsbak.

The speaker was Ryan Utterback, the owner and founder of Pure Rock Studios in Rochester. 

"Be a steward to the local music scene," said Utterback. "Go support local music and really share what the art scene is like here in Rochester." 

Utterback spoke about how his business has evolved. 

"A little bit about how we're growing our music lesson center into becoming a little bit more of a live performance space, group classes, giving students more of an opportunity to share the music they're learning in their private lessons and to tell entrepreneurs that this can happen," said Utterback. "We can build from a garage to a new facility housing over 300 students a week."

Utterback moved to Rochester and started his business because he saw potential in the city. 

"There was a need for music lessons as well as more music performance and I hope the bands that are spawning through Pure Rock Studios have more opportunities to perform whether at my facility or other facilities around the community and that the community fosters that and supports those artists," said Utterback.

Rochester's community of 1 Million Cups has only been around about 6 months. Local entrepreneurs felt with the growth of the city, it was needed.
"Another key ingredient to Rochester's evolution under Destination Medical Center is to create a strong start up community around new business emerging here in town," said Sundsbak. "We've noticed while traveling the country to find new ideas for ways to engage entrepreneurs that events like 1 Million Cups help to sponsor what we call random collisions. Getting people to be in a room together, meet with each other, and really finding that some amazing connections are made that might help both of those people in the long run." 

There are over a hundred 1 Million Cups communities through the country.

Click here to learn more about 1 Million Cups. 

Click here to learn more about 1 Million Cups Rochester.

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