The founders of a craft brewery/craft coffeehouse and a new moving service presented Wednesday at Wichita’s 1 Million Cups gathering for entrepreneurs.
1 Million Cups ICT is a weekly gathering designed to aid entrepreneurs by making contacts in the community and gaining awareness. It meets from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Next week’s event will be at Wichita State University’s Old Town offices, 238 N. Mead.
Founder: Augustine Iacopelli
Pitch: Iacopelli wants to open a brewery and coffeehouse, as well as serve food. He’s searching for a location in northwest Wichita, but said it won’t be at NewMarket Square. Brewers don’t make enough to afford the rents, he said. He’s aiming for the west side because he said it’s an under-served market for craft brewing, and because he was advised by other brewing entrepreneurs in Wichita to open close to his house.
Status: He said he is talking to two locations in northwest Wichita, but wouldn’t say where. He expects to open in late spring or summer.
Need: Social media buzz; contributors or investors; an experienced restaurant general manager.
Founder: Tim Holmes
Pitch: Haulya started last year as an Uber-type moving van dispatch app, but the insurance proved too expensive. It’s now closer to a traditional moving company, but Holmes said it is available within hours and charges just $1 a minute for service, after a $45 minimum. It’s available by phone or by app.
Status: It’s been operating about six months.
Need: More clients, of all kinds.