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1MC Weekly: Marma & Kwest Recap

Every Wednesday morning from 9-10 AM, the leaders behind some of the most interesting business concepts in the Dallas area meet to pitch their ideas to local professionals at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC). An extension of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups is a weekly community event promoting entrepreneurship on a national scale. With a growing weekly audience of over 2500 professionals nationwide, dozens visit each week for the caffeine and networking opportunities.

Last week, David Sepulveda presented his line of traditional health products: Marma. This line of products is backed by independent scientists and serves two notable purposes: providing simple, natural, health solutions to consumers, and also providing assistance to children in need. The first product being launched of this line, Gargle, is a sore throat treatment created with our very own grandmothers in mind. This portable gargle packet is an FDA-recognized antiseptic, and is perfect for use on-the-go.

Marma is a B Corporation partnered with Evidence Action, assisting with the Deworm the World Initiative. It is stated that somewhere near 870 million children in the world are exposed to parasitic worms. For each box sold, one child in need is given access to potentially life-saving medication. Sepulveda is certainly doing his part to put an end to this ordeal, and to join in on this cause, you can find their IndieGogo page here.

Andrew Brown and Omeed Shams from Kwest also presented last week, and certainly left a lasting impression on attendees. “50% scavenger hunt, 50% guided tour, and 100% awesome,” this app is destined to liven up your weeknights and weekends. Designed to engage its users in actual, real-time quests, the app makes a game out of getting around town. From trivia questions to riddles and puzzles, users are guided to numerous different city spots. Once these challenges are completed, discounts and other prizes are offered at local stores and sites a user visits.

As the team behind Kwest boldly states, “Local tourism sucks,” and their app looks to solve this problem. By driving engagement with visiting tourists (or even locals) in this fun and interactive way, they are ultimately creating an experience—one that can lead patrons into your business again and again. The team is currently looking to find quest creators, fill a full-time marketing position, and partner with local restaurants and attractions. You can get in touch with them via Twitter or their website.

Next week, we will have a recap of presentations from Gurrate, a new ridesharing app, and Village, an app featuring crowdsourced answers to important questions posed by parents. Additionally, the team behind 1 Million Cups is enormously thankful to have recently added Blue Star Payment Solutions as a local sponsor. You can find more information on their website. Be sure to drop by next Wednesday for the coffee and lively discussion!

For more information, visit the new 1 Million Cups website, follow @1MillionCupsDAL on Twitter and visit our 1 Million Cups Dallas Facebook page! We look forward to seeing you there.

Mitchell is the Director of Marketing Communications for Divergence Academy, a Co-Founder of WS.N, and a freelance writer. He enjoys basically any activity involving dogs.