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1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids

Learn, Share, and Grow with Your Community

1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids will empower you to support your community’s entrepreneurs, give you the opportunity to provide helpful advice or critical feedback, make new connections or sustain long-running ones, or even find a new career opportunity! We encourage early-stage businesses and established companies facing interesting challenges to present their companies to the community 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.

Sign up for our newsletter, apply to be a presenter, and even watch recordings of previous events below. And don’t forget to join us Wednesdays @ 8:30 a.m. at The Olympic South Side Theater (1202 3rd St SE #200, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401)!

A typical 1MCCR morning:

  • 8:30 to 9 – Coffee and Conversation
  • 9 to 9:45 – Official Program
  • 9:45 to 10:00 – Question and Answer
A small business owner presents to an audience from in front of a 1 Million Cups banner
Sara Gotsch presents on her food service business, Gnarly Pepper

Sign up today to stay informed about our schedule, presenters, and other opportunities!

Be a Presenter!

You’re interested in presenting at 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids? Great! We’ll give you the opportunity to introduce your idea to your community! You’ll get feedback and guidance from expert panelists, polish your public speaking skills, build a stronger personal network, find new customers or investors, (maybe meet a co-founder?) and above all, grow as an entrepreneur!

If any of the above information aligns with your goals, we would love to hear your idea!

1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids will empower you to support your community’s entrepreneurs, give you the opportunity to provide helpful advice or critical feedback, make new connections or sustain long-running ones, or even find a new career opportunity!

A small business owner speaks into a microphone at 1 Million Cups
Carol Elliott seeks feedback for her NewBo-area business, Aroma Artisan Pizza

Upcoming Events

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Your Sponsors

Your Organizing Team

Jourdan McChesney

Jourdan McChesney

Lead Organizer

Jessica Abdoney

Jessica Abdoney

Photographer

Emily Bettridge

Emily Bettridge

Organizer

Cat Cantrill

Cat Cantrill

Organizer

Pablo Estrada

Pablo Estrada

Organizer

Laura Gansemer

Laura Gansemer

Organizer

Julie Lammers

Julie Lammers

Pitch and Business Coach

Brian Pedder

Brian Pedder

Organizer

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Organizer