Could the culture of entrepreneurship be fundamentally changed by conversations had over one million cups of coffee? That’s what Kauffman Labs of Kansas City set to find out when it launched its One Million Cups initiative, a program that’s now found in cities all over the country, including Provo.
“Entrepreneurship is gaining steam more than ever in Utah Valley,” said Christian Faulconer, seasoned entrepreneur and current CEO of Wrist Rocket Ventures. “It’s always been there, but now it’s really taking off. It’s really a great place to build a company.”
The Provo chapter launch meeting on Jan. 29 went even better than Faulconer expected. It followed the usual format where a local start-up (a company less than three years old that’s looking to scale) presents for six minutes. A 20-minute Q&A session follows.
“It’s really dependent on participation from the audience to make it valuable,” Faulconer said.
The free meetings are weekly on Wednesdays and are open to anyone. Already good things are happening for entrepreneurs who have attended.
“One of our presenters is in serious talks with a big investor right now,” Faulconer said. “The feedback they got from their presentation has been really helpful for them.”
Chuck Sharp of Right Intel attended the meeting and found people willing to beta test a new product for him. He also left with a contact he may hire as a software developer.
“It’s really accomplishing what we hoped it would, which is just connecting people in the community,” Faulconer said.
Attend the next meeting on Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. at 560 S. 100 West in Provo to learn about app developer FameTag and join the collaborative community of local innovators. Coffee (and cocoa) will, of course, be served.
To submit a request to present, click here.