1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation in 2012, the program is based on the notion that meaningful connections are made over one million cups of coffee. 1 Million Cups is led by more than 500 volunteer organizers in 35+ states, one U.S. territory, and six time zones – and growing every day.

1 Million Cups Fargo is our local chapter of the event and has around 150 community members in attendance each week.  Fargo’s 1 Million Cups features men and women who are building their ideas, launching products, and starting companies — with an emphasis on innovative technology. Some events begin with Random Acts of Art, where we highlight the local arts scene through song, tap dance, or mind-blowing yo-yo skills. Join us every Wednesday at the Stage at Island Park (unless different venue is noted), from 9:15 – 10:15 A.M except for the months of August and December. Bring a mug for the java, from 20 Below Coffee!

COVID-19 Response

Here at 1 Million Cups Fargo, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely, and want to assure everyone that the health and safety of our #1MCFar family is a top priority for us.

We have decided to stop hosting in-person events following CDC and ND Smart Restart Guidelines. However, we will be hosting virutal 1MC events that will be available through livestream on 1MC Fargo's Facebook page.

For the most updated information, you can check out our social media pages, or visit this website.


1 Million Cups Fargo is on a quick break. Check back soon for the next meetup dates!

Criteria for speaking

  • Speaker must be an Entrepreneur. An entrepreneur creates new ideas/innovations/business models and is different than a small business owner. 
  • Speaker must be the Founder, Co-Founder, CEO, or President of the business they want to represent. 
  • Speaking at 1MC Fargo cannot be a sales pitch/strategy. It is an informational presentation dedicated to expressing innovation and ideas. Although, meetings and business may result from one's presentation.
  • We make targeted efforts for diversity and inclusion. Whenever possible, we strive for diversity on our stage as it relates to race, gender, etc. 

These are the typical criteria we follow when selecting speakers. However, if you have an innovative entrepreneurial venture but do not meet all of our criteria, please feel free to contact us at 1MCFar@emergingprairie.com.


Interested in sponsoring 1 Million Cups Fargo? We'd love to chat. Please email us at 1MCFar@emergingprairie.com.