1 Million Cups

Cedar Rapids

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly program that happens nationwide 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. Early-stage businesses and established companies facing interesting challenges are welcome to present their companies to a panel of experts for advice, and engage the audience in a question-and-answer session to encourage collaborative and honest conversations. We also feature expert speakers, founder fireside interviews, and exploration of business failures and the shared learning that comes from those failures.

The Cedar Rapids chapter was the sixth in the U.S. and takes place almost every Wednesday. Every event is free, and everyone is welcome and invited to attend!

Changes in 2019 for 1MC Cedar Rapids

New event times: Wednesdays, 8:30AM
(doors open at 8:10AM, networking starts at 8:15, and the presentations begin at 8:30. Program concludes at 9:30.)

New event formats: we’ve changed the event significantly, with varying styles including:

  • presentations from entrepreneurs and established companies facing specific problems, with panels of experts for feedback and guidance
  • presentations from experts on topics our startup ecosystem needs
  • founder firesides, interviewing notable entrepreneurs about their journeys
  • fail labs: learning from others’ mistakes and challenges

Changes in 2020 for 1MC Cedar Rapids

We have big changes coming in 2020, too. As we’ve outgrown our current venue, we will be moving to The Olympic South Side Theater in 2020, when the new venue opens. The new venue will be much larger, and is designed explicitly for events like 1 Million Cups.

Why Attend 1MC?

Support your community’s entrepreneurs. Give helpful advice. Make connections. Meet someone new. Find a new job or post an opening at your company. Enjoy free coffee. As many cups as you’d like!

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Panelist Expectations

If you’ve been asked to be an expert panelist, read more about what to expect.

Why Present at 1MC Cedar Rapids?

Introduce your idea to the community. Get feedback and guidance from expert panelists about your business. Polish up your public speaking skills. Build a stronger personal network. Learn about entrepreneurship. Find a new customer or investor. Find a co-founder. Support your community. Enjoy free coffee!

Apply to Present at 1MC Cedar Rapids

Meet the Organizing Team

The 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids Organizing Team is made up of community builders and represent key entrepreneurial resources in Eastern Iowa. If you would like to contact the team, email hello@newbo.co.

Jourdan McChesney
Lead Organizer
Maurice Davis
Emily Bettridge
Scott Swenson
Pitch & Business Coach
Rina Jensen
Faith Robinson
Laura Gansemer
Akira Allen
Julie Lammers
Pitch & Business Coach
Eric Engelmann

Thank you to our sponsors

We couldn’t build a thriving ecosystem of entrepreneurial resources without the support of these organizations that are dedicated in creating impactful startup businesses that grow here.

Other 1 Million Cups chapters in Iowa

Our startup ecosystem builder friends and small business champion friends run 1 Million Cups chapters all over Iowa: