Our events provide an opportunity for CoMO entrepreneurs and people interested in joining a startup to meet other like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and make powerful connections, such as finding a new business partner, mentor or that elusive rock-star software developer.

Whether you currently have your own business, are considering starting one or joining an existing startup; getting together with other entrepreneurs is a great way to learn about the rapidly growing CoMO startup scene. You never know what opportunities may arise from meeting others! If you'd like to create an event, please feel free to contact the group's organizer.

We are pleased to support the following:

1MillionCups Columbia - 1 Million Cups began in April 2012 in Kansas City, the hometown of its founding organization, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Kauffman Labs is a program of the Kauffman Foundation.  Each Wednesday morning in each 1 Million Cups city, two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisers and, most importantly, other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes and then fields audience questions for another 20 minutes. every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Boone Electric Satellite Systems, Inc. Training Room, 500 East Walnut Street, Suite 102, Columbia, Missouri.

*Interested in presenting your startup at a 1 Million Cups Columbia Event?


Join the conversation by tweeting: #Como1MC@1mllioncupsCMO

Email any questions and/or comments to JC Holmes, Keith Politte or Pack Matthews:

1 Million Cups Columbia events are live streamed and recorded at:

Downtown Incubator Pizza Party - first Wednesday of every month from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at 500 East Walnut Street, Suite 105, Columbia, Missouri.  Join members of the Downtown Incubator for pizza and conversation!  Event is open to the public.

Mark your calendar for the 2015 Events:

#BOOM - Friday, February 27, 2014 Holiday Inn Select, Columbia, MO

#BOOM Pitch Contest - tba

2014 Events:

#BOOM - Friday, February 21, 2014 - Holiday Inn Select Columbia, MO

#BOOM Pitch Contest - Friday, April 11, 2014

Columbia Startup Weekend is October 3-6, 2014 -

Missouri Tech Expo 2014 is October 16, 2014 -

2013 Events:

#BOOM - January 25, 2013:

The Birth of Human Media

Presenter: Sarah Hill
Sponsored by: Veterans United Home Loans

The Kauffman Foundation

Presenter: Thom Ruhe
Sponsored by: Peoples Bank

How To Make Your Idea a Reality

Presenter: Brynne & Bailye Stansberry
Sponsored by: Peoples Bank

No Excuses

Presenter: Arel Moodie
Sponsored by: The Callaway Bank

IRL (in real life)

Presenter: Emily Eldridge Holdman
Sponsored by:

Putting Midwest Startups on the Map

Presenter: Jeff Slobotski
Sponsored by: Caledon Virtual

Fear and Failure

Presenter: Matt Hunt
Sponsored by: CenturyLink

Transforming Education Through Innovation

Presenter: Jeremy Johnson
Sponsored by: AdVentures

Start Up in the Right Place at the Right Time

Presenter: Jim Spencer
Sponsored by:

High Growth Start-Ups: Scaling Team and Culture

Presenter: Kelsey Meyer
Sponsored by: Trulaske College of Business

#BOOM, kindling your entrepreneurial fire!

Startup Weekend Columbia - September 13-15, 2013. This a 54-hour event where individuals come to pitch a new business idea, form a team around those ideas, build out the business all weekend with the help of great mentors, and then present in front of judges at the end of the weekend.  Last year we sold out with 125 participants with 22 teams/businesses created. We are proud to have been the origin of companies such as Zapier (which has secured over $1.3 million in funding and is a part of the Y Combinator), OneCDS (which received $350,000 within three weeks of Startup Weekend last year), along with many others like last year's winner Fundrunners who are still operating and growing. This will be Columbia's third Startup Weekend and we can't wait to see what will come from it!

Build out a business all weekend with fantastic mentors to assist Sunday, 6pm - Final presentations*PLUS Opening Party on Thursday, September 12th at Quinton's, 7-9pm. Includes two free drink tickets and apps for participants! Don’t have an idea? Don’t worry. Usually less than half of the participants pitch an idea. Support an idea you like and help that team succeed! This is an event for everyone - not simply an event for students or tech businesses. Everyone has something to contribute, no matter your experience or educational background. It’s a fun event with a chance to use your skills, grow, and contribute to a team. The community is more than welcome to attend Startup Weekend with key times you don’t want to miss being the Opening Party ($10 - includes two drink tickets and apps), Friday night pitches at 6pm, and Final Presentation on Sunday at 6pm. Check the website (www.columbia.startupweekend.org) for more schedule information, see the team of organizers, supporting sponsors, and the latest event news!

MO Tech Expo - September 19, 2013 at the Bond Life Sciences Center, MU Campus.  Join us in advancing discoveries, inventions and innovations at the University of Missouri in Columbia.  Sign up:  http://motechexpo.missouri.edu/

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