Do like coffee? Tea? Some other hot beverage? 802 Cups is an informal (sorta), but structured event to help you hone a business idea. 802 Cups will occur once per month in Brattleboro and the other elsewhere in Windham County. These are NOT Shark Tank-esque environments and encouragement will abound! Once we get to 802 Cups, of whatever, consumed – a celebration will ensue, especially if the result are new businesses!
What’s with the name? It’s a play on the Kauffmann Foundation’s program called 1 Million Cups. However, the 1 Million Cups program typically occurs in much larger markets. So, Thus, Therefore – 802 Cups is just more appropriate to our region.
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INSTIG8 the region’s center for quality entrepreneurship training, scale-up services, and innovation.
INSTIG8 is a BDCC initiative located in Windham Region and initially sponsored by the Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP).
This program strategically fosters a safe environment for creative entrepreneurs to try, fail, learn, build, explore, and connect to other like-minded individuals while developing their business concepts and models.
It’s a series of workshops, events, and co-working. INSTIG8 will be the catalyst for engaging, business-minded, creative community of entrepreneurs, innovators, and instigators.
Why is this work a benefit to the region?
- Entrepreneurship and innovation leads to new businesses and job creation
- Higher levels of entrepreneurship gives people employment choices
- Ideas lead to new combinations of existing concepts which lead to business creation