Dallas Invited to Celebrate Second Anniversary of 1 Million Cups on November 11th

Dallas soon will celebrate its two-year anniversary of hosting 1 Million Cups, a weekly program to help educate, engage and connect local entrepreneurs. Innovators, investors and other interested community members are invited to attend the second anniversary of 1 Million Cups-Dallas at 9 a.m. on November 11. It is free and open to the public at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), located at 311 N. Market Street 2nd Floor Dallas, TX 75202 in the West End Downtown Dallas.

1 Million Cups — based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee — was founded by the Kauffman Foundation to help build startup communities on a grassroots level. Since launching in Kansas City in April 2012, 1 Million Cups is now in more than 65 cities across the nation.

1 Million Cups-Dallas launched in the DEC’s first location in Softlayer November 2013 with 10 people in attendance, and has since expanded to its current location and the DEC’s new home in the West End. The event now draws approximately 80 people each week. “The growth of 1MC-Dallas is really based on the ongoing education of entrepreneurs, creating successful businesses and bringing people together to build community,” said Tara Vornkahl, one of the program’s local volunteer organizers. “Not only is it a new experiential-learning opportunity every week, but it’s a great starting point for people who are interested in getting involved in our robust and expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

The program’s format is consistent in each of its more than 65 locations across the country: Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a local audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session

with the audience. 1 Million Cups-Dallas has featured presentations from such notable companies as Cariloop, Need and Foot Cardigan.

“Presenting at 1 Million Cups was really the first time we ‘officially’ introduced Foot Cardigan to the Dallas startup scene. We were a young company at that time, but I’ll always remember that moment as the one that created the snowball of relationships that I would make to support us on this amazing journey.” – Bryan Deluca, Co-founder/CEO, Foot Cardigan

“Over the past two years, I’ve had the privilege of presenting Cariloop to 1MC twice in Dallas and once in Fort Worth. All three presentations came at the perfect time for us as we were raising our seed round or announcing new product features, so I was very eager to hear what insights the 1MC community would have.” – Michael Walsh, Founder/CEO, Cariloop

Driving the effort as volunteer community organizers in Dallas are:

  1. Current Organizer, Tara Vornkahl, Director, Addison Treehouse
  2. Founding Organizer, Jennifer Conley, CoFounder of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center
  3. Lauren Zeien, VP of Programming, the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC)

For more information, view the national 1 Million Cups website at www.1millioncups.com and access the local microsite at www.1millioncups.com/dallas. Follow 1 Million Cups-Dallas on Twitter at @1millioncupsDAL and through the hashtag #1MC.

About The Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. Visit www.kauffman.org for more information.

Raquel Vincent

Raquel Vincent is a Dallas-based creative with a knack for words and inspired creative direction. When she's not working, you can find Raquel hitting a gallery opening, working on her book, or thrifting for unforgettable vintage finds. She loves music festivals, tacos, and her rescue cat Berlioz.