1 Million Cups
1 Million Cups (1MC) is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

Locally, 1MC is sponsored by the Columbia Regional Economic Development, Inc., (REDI) office, located at 500 E Walnut St (across from the downtown Post Office, in the lower level of the parking garage). 1MC is held every Wednesday at 9 am, at the Downtown Incubator in Suite 105. Along with the talk by a local startup (or two), sweetbreads and coffee are provided, and the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs (and sometimes venture capitalists). Columbia REDI sponsors a local vendor for the sweets and the coffee by our new local coffee companies. This is a friendly, and supportive, environment, and a wonderful opportunity to get to know more about startups in Columbia. Often, the talk for each Wednesday is posted on Monday or Tuesday on the Columbia REDI Facebook page.

The weekly talks follow a consistent format:

  • Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors.
  • Prior to presenting, the founder prepares by incorporating lessons from the Kauffman Founders School “Powerful Presentations” series, featuring Nathan Gold.
  • Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.
  • Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city.
  • The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

If you cannot attend in person, the 1MC talks are provided on Livestream (courtesy of Kaleidoscope Videoconferencing), and can be watched live or at a later time. Tomorrow, the 1MC presentation will be by Motavera.

1 Million Cups - Motavera - Columbia MO - 6/23/2015

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