1 Million Cups St. Paul
1 Million Cups is based on the simple idea that entrepreneurs sharing cups of coffee in person will build relationships and share resources that grow and strengthen the entire community.
The country as a whole has seen a decline in entrepreneurial rates over the last 3 years. Minnesota specifically continues to be on the low end of national entrepreneur activity rates, according to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity 1996- 2013.
1 Million Cups helps fight against this continued decline by creating a nationwide community of entrepreneurs. Currently 45 cities are participating in 1 Million Cups and according to Nate Olson, one of the program’s founders, “1 Million Cups is the front door to every entrepreneurial community in the country”. This means that 1 Million Cups – St. Paul, at the James J. Hill Center, is part of a patchwork, connecting entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities to communities across the U.S. This type of network opens up markets and audiences that would have been inaccessible or at least difficult to connect with by solo entrepreneurs.
These presentations will be every Wednesday starting July 16th from 9 AM – 10 AM.
How it works
1 Million Cups – St. Paul is free to attend. And it only works if you show up. Just think about what you can accomplish for your business by participating in this regular meeting of other entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and community members.
Presenters give a 6 minute educational presentation about their business and then engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning. Presenters gain insight into how they can improve their business and possibly connect to resources or other businesses that can help move them forward.
The audience also learns from these presentations. Pre-startups may want to gain insight into what their next steps look like through listening to these presentations. A business owner in the audience may be looking for new ideas on how to improve their business.
If you are an early startup and would like to share your story with this community, please fill out a Request to Present application.
We hope to see you all on July 16th for the first 1 Million Cups St. Paul.