Stress App and Artisan Bread 

1MC September

Recurring each month, 1 Million Cups (1MC) invites two entrepreneurs to share their ideas and businesses to receive feedback from the community. Each presenter has 6-7 minutes to pitch, followed by a 15-20 Q&A session.

This month, Lavanya Rajesh Kumar presented her startup business idea called AlzWel. The app provides customized, real-time help to people dealing with everyday stress, depression, and anxiety. Lavanya is a PhD student at Michigan Tech performing research in the Aging, Cognition & Action Lab.

For the second presentation, David Jones and Heather Britz shared their new business called Galactic Peasants. They focus on making a variety artisan breads with locally sourced, organic ingredients. Currently, they’re selling their product at both the Houghton and Calumet Farmer’s Market. Follow them on instagram for business updates and beautiful photos of their crusty bread!

Next 1MC Event at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge!

The next 1MC event will be held on October 10th, 9am at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in Copper Harbor. Stay posted for more information!


Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 180 communities.

As a program of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. Mr. Kauffman believed it was a fundamental right for anyone who had a big idea to be able to bring it to life—and we’re here to fulfill that mission.

The 1 Million Cups Copper Country events are organized and hosted by representatives from MTEC SmartZone, Finlandia University, Michigan Technological University, and KEDA.