Fort Worth’s very own Cameron Cushman has secured one of six coveted mentor roles at the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Congress next month in Istanbul. Cushman, who currently serves as Director of Innovation Ecosystems at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, will train organizers of Startup Huddle, a new program intended to help entrepreneurs around the world thrive by strengthening their local support networks.
“In a little over four years, we have seen 1 Million Cups have a fundamental impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Fort Worth. I am excited to help facilitate similar change around the world through the Startup Huddle program, the international version of 1 Million Cups. You can’t help entrepreneurs in your community if you don’t know who they are or what they are working on. It is our hope that Startup Huddle will allow communities around the world to identify and assist their local startups along their own entrepreneurial journeys,” Cushman said.
Startup Huddle was launched by the Global Entrepreneurship Network in 2017 and currently has locations in 19 cities including Amman, Johannesburg, Moscow, Riyadh, Toronto and Taiwan.
The Global Entrepreneurship Congress gathers thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers and support organizations from more than 170 countries. GEC 2018 is the 10th anniversary of the event which was first hosted in 2009 by the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City.
Cushman was selected for his experience as a volunteer community organizer for 1 Million Cups in Fort Worth, a Kauffman program in more than 160 U.S. communities based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. He was also instrumental in starting the program in Kansas City in 2012.
“Entrepreneurship, innovation and startup activity is increasingly becoming a global phenomenon and I am excited to leverage my knowledge and skills to help entrepreneurs around the world at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.” Cameron Cushman
He will bring the experience back from Istanbul and share it with Fort Worth-area entrepreneurs and other startup champions at a special 1 Million Cups event during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November.
“I hope that my experience in building the entrepreneurial community in Fort Worth will not only help entrepreneurs solve some of the problems our world is facing today, but will also help build relationships that can better connect Fort Worth-based startups to the rest of the world.”