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1 Million Cups: Gross-Wen Technologies

November 17 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids Founder Fireside with Martin Gross on November 17th, 2021

This Week

This week, hear from one of the startup founders backed by ISA Ventures. Dr. Martin Gross, founder of Gross-Wen Technologies, will share their story through conversation with Eric Engelmann, ISAV’s General Partner, including the challenges, successes, and plans to scale their business in Iowa.

Gross-Wen Technologies exists to help municipalities and industrial clients sustainably treat water in more effective and affordable ways! Their technology was developed at Iowa State University, and from there, they’ve grown into a trusted source for environmentally friendly wastewater processing. Since their company’s conception, their mission has been simple: to provide algae-based water treatment that is sustainable, effective, reliable and affordable. They’ve reinvented the way nutrient pollutants are viewed through their process of extracting nutrients from wastewater with algae then recycling those nutrients through a fertilizer or bioplastic product.

  • 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.


November 17
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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