2015 1MC Organizers Summit
I was fortunate enough to attend the 1 Million Cups Organizers Summit this past week in Kansas City. It was a remarkably energizing experience which left me wanting to run back to Tucson with all the ideas and inspiration gained during my three days there. WOW! What a fantastic conference … For those who don’t already know, 1MC is a weekly meetup that connects startups with the community. (You should totally check it out!)
Startup Tucson has joined with the Kauffman Foundation to put on this event every Wednesday morning at Colab in the Pioneer Building downtown. Tucson, along with more than 60 other cities connect over free coffee at 8am to learn about a new emerging startup and give them feedback during an open question and answer forum.
1MC was created by the Kauffman Foundation – a major driver in the entrepreneurial community – and run by entrepreneurs. This conference brought together the organizers from all regions of the United States to share best practices, organizational ideas and inspiring stories.
The best part of the trip was sharing our many Tucson startup community efforts with all of these other communities especially how Startup Tucson is developing an entrepreneurial culture and transforming Southern Arizona’s economy through entrepreneurship and innovation. Tucson is building a nationwide reputation as a startup hub and I met numerous people who had heard of Startup Tucson and knew about some of our programs and efforts.
I also had the opportunity to hear Nathan Gold speak on creating better presentations and becoming a presentation coach, which is what a 1MC organizer truly is. He talked about how to frame your story, explain your why, and pitch your WOW. I am excited to implement tactics he shared; you’ll have to attend a 1MC to discover what’s new. (The Kauffman Foundation has a lot of great videos, check them out here.)
Another great experience was meeting other organizers and sharing ideas and failures. This was is an amazing group of individuals who are passionate about their cities and the startup community they foster. We even got to go cheer on the American League Champion Royals and share in a frozen margarita or two!
Before this conference I was focused on event logistics. Now, my priority is to create an amazing experience for both presenters and audience. I want this community to be as excited as I am that this is happening in Tucson. I want everyone to be pumped up on Wednesday mornings!