Like many tech outposts, the Portland startup scene is driven by a great deal of caffeine. Lots and lots of coffee. And meetings. And since that’s the idea that originally inspired the formation of 1 Million Cups, it only makes sense that that idea has finally managed to travel our way.
That’s right. Portland now has its own 1 Million Cups. And yet another opportunity for Portland entrepreneurs to grab a cup of coffee with one another.
1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather realtime feedback, connect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities.
So how do you get involved? Well, like every other 1 Million Cups, Portland’s version will be held Wednesday mornings from 9AM-10AM. The event begins September 3, 2014 and will continue every Wednesday morning. Avita Associates at 5257 NE MLK Blvd, Suite 201 is providing space for the event.