What we're about

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a pitch mentoring platform that engages entrepreneurs in communities around the nation. Each week 1MC programs offer local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and peers. Presenters in the Boulder group deliver a 6-8 minute pitch deck presentation designed for investors, channel partners or co-founders. They then engage in 40 minutes of feedback and questioning that we call crowd mentoring followed by 30 minutes of networking. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses and connect with a peer community that cares about their progress. Participants walk away having advanced their business and the audience walks away with the satisfaction of providing expert crowd-vetted coaching. Whether presenter, mentor or passive audience member, there is much to learn every week from this dynamic and diverse community. The Kauffman Foundation sponsored program takes place at 9:00 am every Wednesday morning in cities across the U.S.

1 Million Cups Boulder meets at Boulder's Galvanize co-working space at 1023 Walnut. Our last few years of program history can be seen here: https://www.meetup.com/1-Million-Cups-Boulder/events/past/

Upcoming events (3)

Presenting: The Experience Manager - Customer experience design and management

The Experience Manager, http://www.theexperiencemanager.com - Doug Bell presenting, is a SaaS company whose mission is to elevate the life experiences of customers worldwide. In our browser based system, users create "experiences" made up of 3 components: a customer persona, stages of the customer journey and a measurable goal. Our software enables companies to actionably manage their customer experience. Most companies don't internally share an understanding of what their customers value and how they deliver that value. Our SaaS product enables companies to learn what their customers value most and focus their resources to deliver it. Our target market is 16.2 million customer experience practitioners aimed at improving their company's customer experience. Over the next 18 months, we plan to go cash positive in month 12 and generate $250k monthly revenue in month 18. Toughest questions relate to Traction, because while we've been through an MVP, alpha and beta testing we are just now getting ready to introduce our product to the market. Our 1MC ask: Help with strengthening and clarifying pitch

Presenting: STEM Generation - STEM choice elementary school girls and minorities

STEM Generation, https://sciencefairfun.org/ - Wendy Wempe presenting, is on a mission to level the tech & engineering playing field. We equip girls & students of color at high-need schools with the leadership and STEM skills they need to tap into economic opportunities all around them. Students, particularly girls, begin to decide by 3rd grade whether they are capable or incapable in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM). Elementary school teachers have the greatest need for support and resources. Traction: During the 2019/20 AY we are supporting 20x K-8 high-need CO Public School teachers & 1,200x students in the classroom. We also got 40x schools to organize their 1st fairs or revolutionize existing fairs. Sponsors align their brand & engage with schools. STEM Generation is the first and only nonprofit to level the STEM playing field through fully-scalable, 21st Century versions of Science & Engineering Fair programming, and we tackle it from every angle. We are commonly asked: How are the Science & Engineering Fairs you help to organize different from other fairs? How do you track your impact metrics? Do teachers have to pay for your programming? - Our presentation ask needs the most improvement. Our 1MC ask: feedback on our pitch and help connecting with potential board members who have strong STEM industry connections.

Presenting: US Bank Boulder – Small Business Banking and Financing 101

U.S. Bank www.usbank.com, Antoine Mouchati and Arvind Sundar presenting, is the fifth largest bank in the United States by assets. U.S. Bank provides consumers and business with a wide array of banking services, including deposit accounts, mobile banking, lending, and other credit products. Our focus for the presentation is to help small business owners understand what “bankability” means from a lender’s standpoint, and how to attain it. We often get asked how credit decisions are made, how rates are determined, what banks look at when lending and how to structure and execute the ask. Our 1MC ask: Engage with Boulder/Colorado area entrepreneurs and business owners to develop banking relationships and provide banking advice. We’d like feedback on what level of detail is appropriate and what areas of the presentation we should focus most on / what are the most pertinent topics.

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