ROUND ROCK, Texas – On October 4, 2017, the Round Rock Chamber will host the first 1 Million CupsⓇ (1MC) Round Rock meeting. 1MC is a free, national program that strives to not only educate, but engage and connect local entrepreneurs. Founded in 2012 by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC has grown to over 100 communities and over 23,000 attendees nationwide.
“One of the key recommendations of the REV UP Round Rock strategy is to foster a more connected network of entrepreneurs,” said Amy Mizcles, the chamber’s vice president of community enhancement. “The 1MC initiative affords entrepreneurs the opportunity to engage in an experiential learning environment in which they can share ideas, strategies, and challenges with one another.”
The kick-off event will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Hyatt Place in Round Rock. One early-stage startup will present their company to a diverse local audience of peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. The founder’s presentation is followed by a twenty-minute question-and-answer session with the audience, after which the presenter is always asked: “What can we, as a community, do to help you?” Both the audience engagement and the informal connections that happen in hallway conversation have proven to be greatly valuable to small businesses in thriving communities.
1MC has a supportive and neutral culture, welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest with their community about the challenges they face as a business. It is not a traditional “pitch” environment. Rather, an entrepreneur makes an informative presentation to a room of individuals who can provide constructive criticism, share experiences, and support one another as a community.
The chamber has assembled a team of community organizers, who will oversee the ongoing execution of IMC Round Rock. They will assist in the development and promotion of the monthly program as well as work with the selected entrepreneurs to enhance their presentations.
To learn more about 1MC Round Rock and its organizers, visit us here.