802 Cups

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 every two weeks with one every 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!

802 Cups and First Friday Pitch Night (FFPN): 802 Cups should be used to prepare for a presentation at First Friday Pitch Night where more people (greater pressure) will be exposed to the idea. By the time you present at FFPN, your presentation is concise, researched, and rehearsed. 802 Cups helps you get there!

Check the calendar page for 802 Cups locations, dates, and times. If you’re a local establishment and would like to host 802 Cups events, please contact me, R.T. Brown, rbrown@brattleborodevelopment.com.

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

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