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1 Million Cups: Christian Gray

August 18, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids with AxisU
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This Week

Hear from one of the startup founders backed by ISA Ventures! Christian Gray, founder of AxisU, will share the company’s story through conversation with Eric Engelmann, ISAV’s General Partner. Christian will discuss his and AxisU’s challenges, successes, and plans to scale the business in Iowa.

Christian started AxisU to address national workforce shortage issues, specifically in highly skilled technical jobs, that he was recognizing through his work with IJAG (Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates). Christian writes, ” it was because of these experiences that I came to the realization that access to post secondary education and training is the biggest barrier to employment, and it’s the core cause behind why so many employers struggle to find qualified candidates.” Join us to hear about how AxisU is changing the face of professional training in Iowa and beyond!

  • 8:30-9:00 – Coffee & Conversation
  • 9:00-9:45 – Official Program
  • 9:45-10:00 – Q&A


About 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids

Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups (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!

Join us Wednesdays @ 9 a.m. at The Olympic Theater South Side (1202 3rd St SE #200, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401)! Each event will involve a presentation or conversation with a new founder, entrepreneur, business leader, subject matter expert, or creative. A list of upcoming events and presenters can be found on our Events Calendar.

Check our calendar often! The process to find and select presenters is an ongoing one, so events will be updated as new information is available.

With Linn County currently at a high transmission level for COVID19, masks are recommended for 1 Million Cups this week (August 11th), per CDC and Linn County Health recommendations.


August 18, 2021
8:30 am - 10:00 am
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1 Million Cups: Cedar Rapids
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The Olympic South Side Theater
1202 3rd St SE #200
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 United States
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(319) 214-0392
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