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.
Radical Journaling, RadicalJournaling.com - Ariana Friedlander presenting, provides practical and tangible inspiration, and community support for people to establish a lifelong habit of self-reflection.
Radical Journaling targets young professionals that want to create positive change but are struggling to find their way. Our programs shed light on our shared human experiences and create a safe space for people to be open through journaling as a significant tool for claiming agency over ones life. We plan to launch in 2020 using podcasting to build a national community. We are currently conducting research on product-market fit to validate customer needs + pathways to monetization. Radical Journaling is a virtual program that will be available on all major podcast platforms, journaling prompts will be delivered via email or text, and classes will be conducted via zoom and other webinar platforms.
Our business model includes podcast sponsorship, subscription services and additional fee for service programming.
We have completed 100 interviews of young professionals that want to create a positive difference, validating the need in the market. Ariana has been journaling for thirty years and has taught journaling workshops in Northern Colorado for over 5 years that have changed participant's lives. Sales of journaling products increased by 18% in 2017, and journaling continued to gain popularity.
Our 1MC ask: Help connecting with young professionals, potential podcast sponsors and key partners to build Radical Journaling community!