If you haven’t been to 1 Million Cups Fargo before, you should really check it out. This free, weekly event is part of a larger 1 Million Cups community started and supported by the Kauffman Foundation out of Kansas City. You can find an event every Wednesday morning in cities across the country. Our local event brings together some of the most eager of Fargo Moorhead’s minds into one brainstorming party!
One Million Cups Fargo has swelled since its beginnings in 2012. In fact, 1MC used to be held in the Plain’s Arts Museum until it outgrew its space. Then the meeting was moved for a short time to the Fargo Public Library before quickly outgrowing that space too. It’s now held every Wednesday morning at the very suitable Island Park Stage. Not only is Fargo’s 1MCFAR successful, it’s one of the largest and the most active in the country!
The door to the theater doesn’t open till exactly five minutes before the presentation. This encourages the participants to socialize and, of course, grab a free cup of coffee! (Shout out to 20 Below for their great coffee!)
Each event is not just a lecture but its own adventure! At a recent event, the week’s spotlight speaker was preceded by the owner of Weave Got Maille. She shared her story of persistence inspired by 1MC (which led her company to win a “World’s Greatest” award). Then an employee of CoSchedule demonstrated the art of Japanese swordsmanship for a “Random Act of Art”.
The main event, or presentation spotlight, was Anthony Molzahn. Molzahn is a co-founder of Project Phoenix, a universal business web service. He gave us a quick run-down of his story and the story of the company. Presenters try to keep the information concise, short, and easy for everyone attending to understand.
After about a ten-minute presentation, the entrepreneur is invited to sit down and answer questions from the crowd. Interns run microphones into the crowd for the curious. If you are on the shy side, you can just tweet your questions using the hashtag #1MCFar.
The final question is asked every time and is the most important; “What can the community do to help you and your business?” The point of 1 Million Cups is to support entrepreneurs, spark ideas and to push ideas further faster. It’s just one more proof point of a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in our community. We can be proud of our community and the strides we are making in the entrepreneurial world. See you Wednesday morning!