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1 Million Cups: Twister’s Cafe

November 9, 2022 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am

This Week

Hear from a company new to the Iowa business community, Twister’s Cafe! Twister’s Cafe traces its roots to Los Angeles in 2001, when founder Tom Straw realized that many of the off-the-shelf dog treats he had been feeding his own dogs were high in chemicals and artificial preservatives. It struck Tom that our canine friends deserve natural, whole foods just as we do. So he began making his frozen dog treats from body-healthy whole foods.

Fast forward 21 years to April 30th, 2022: Twister’s Cafe has its grand opening in Austin, Texas. Tom has named the cafe after one of his beloved dogs. The company’s ambition is to not only sell its ready-eat frozen dog treats in this store but to also tap the markets of other pet-friendly restaurants, coffee shops, sports facilities, obedience schools, and beyond. Twister’s Cafe also markets the treats unprepared, ready to take home, mix, and freeze at a pet owner’s convenience, even offering a monthly subscription model.

And as of October of this year, Twister’s Cafe has brought its frozen dog treats to the Corridor. At this event, Tom hopes to receive feedback from you!

Program Schedule

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



About 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids

The Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups (1MC) on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. We welcome early-stage businesses and established companies facing interesting challenges to present their companies. Typically, one or several representatives present before a panel of experts. They seek advice and then engage the audience in a question-and-answer session to encourage collaborative and honest conversations. We also feature expert speakers, founder fireside interviews, and explorations of business failures and the lessons learned!

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

Join us Wednesdays @ 8:30 a.m. at The Olympic Theater South Side (1202 3rd St SE #200, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401)! Each event features a presentation or conversation with a new founder, entrepreneur, business leader, subject matter expert, or creative. Find a list of upcoming events and presenters on our Calendar.

We update events as new information is available, so check the calendar often!



November 9, 2022
8:30 am to 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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