What is 1 Million Cups?
1 Million Cups is a weekly event held every Wednesday, from 9:15 – 10:15 AM at the Stage at Island Park. It’s fueled by free coffee and presentations from local entrepreneurs. Here’s what goes down:
9:15 – 9:30 Welcome. Attendees who have been more than 10 consecutive times are invited to get a free 1 Million Cups mug, initiating them into the Official Mug Club. Sometimes there is a Random Act of Art from the local theater. A few select announcements are made about upcoming events.
9:30 – 9:36 An entrepreneur (local or sometimes from afar) give a 6-minute presentation on their story, their current work, and their dream. We focus our presentations around the burgeoning startup community in Fargo, particularly within the tech field.
9:36 – 9:42 If we have another speaker, they give their 6-minute presentation.
9:42 – 10:15 The floor is opened up for Q&A. The audience is invited to point out holes in the business models, to present possible ideas for expansion, or reference ways the speaker can get connected with beneficial contacts.
Each event concludes with this question, the question that is the true motivation for each and every 1 Million Cups:
“How can we as a community help you succeed?”
Other Important Notes
Every first Wednesday of the month we have a Live Job Board, where employers can pitch open positions in their company and connect with potential employees afterwards. Every job pitch is re-published on our website and shared on our social media channels.
1 Million Cups is a nationwide movement that was initiated in April, 2012, by Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its goal is to promote entrepreneurship and spur startup community growth simply over weekly cups of coffee. Their motto? “Building communities, one cup at a time.”
Neighboring 1 Million Cups events can also be found in Bismarck/Mandan, ND, Grand Forks, ND, Brookings, SD, and Yankton, SD.
Here’s an extensive re-cap of our first year of 1 Million Cups, 2014, here in Fargo.
Check out this video snippet of some 1 Million Cups fun, here!
Learn more! – http://www.1millioncups.com/