Seven months ago, we walked into a room in Kansas City and could tangibly feel the energy and entrepreneurial inspiration. Coffee flowed endlessly, there was a palatable chatter and buzz in the air.
“What is this?” we asked ourselves. It was entrepreneurs coming together for the sole purpose of connecting and accelerating one another’s companies. It was brilliant and the Kauffman Foundation had struck pure entrepreneurial gold.
Little could we have known that before the end of the year, we would be launching a 1 Million Cups chapter in Tulsa, OK, USA. In partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and Foolish Things Coffee Company, Emerging Ideas is thrilled to announce that 1 Million Cups will be launching in Tulsa this Wednesday at 9am in downtown Tulsa.
The Kauffman Foundation has big plans for 1MC and has been selective on where they choose to locate a 1 Million Cups chapter, so Tulsa being selected is a big win for the entrepreneurial community in the region.
The format is simple but effective—2 companies present for 6 minutes each, then a 20 minute question and answer session ensues for each company. The Q&A is with the entrepreneur community centered around learning from one another and accelerating the company’s efforts, as well as promoting them locally.
It’s for the community and by the community. It’s entrepreneurs supporting other entrepreneurs. It’s great coffee. What could be better than that?
You can read more about the overall vision of 1 Million Cups here (vision) and about our Tulsa chapter here (Tulsa 1MC website).
As we pioneer building a startup ecosystem in Zimbabwe, Africa, it’s also exciting to be a part of a growing entrepreneurial community with our USA team in Tulsa. The world is global now and we strongly believe that everyone has something to offer and contribute to the community around them.
If you’re in the Tulsa area, make plans to come to 1 Million Cups Tulsa on Wednesdays at 9am at Foolish Things Coffee (10th & Main St, downtown Tulsa).
In the words of a good friend of ours, “You’re gonna wanna see this, boss!”
If you’re interested and want to get more questions answered about 1MC, tweet at the Tulsa team here @1millioncupsTUL and RSVP at our Facebook event here. Cheers!
(photo via vladxp)
Posted on October 28, 2013
by Tim & Tommy filed under