1 Million Cups Little Rock: We’ll See You There!

Next week is an exciting one for Little Launchers. A day after our Kickstarter launch, we’ll be presenting at 1 Million Cups Little Rock, where we’ll showcase our story, products, and development timeline.

1 Million Cups is “a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.”

Illustrator Li Zeng and I will present for six minutes, followed by 20 minutes of audience questions. Co-organizers Abby Sims and Errin Stanger (among the full co-organizer group) have been super helpful as we’ve developed our presentation. Special thank you to those two!

Key Event Details

WHAT: Little Launchers presents at 1 Million Cup Little Rock
WHEN: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9:00am CST
WHERE: Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub; 201 E Broadway St.; North Little Rock, AR 72114
WHO: Startup founders, small business owners, and community members from across Central Arkansas gather to hear about the latest developments in the region.
WHY: Two startups — Little Launchers and Strengthen — take the stage to present their businesses and get audience feedback on expanding impact.

Also presenting on Wednesday will be Jordan Carlisle, co-founder and CEO of Strengthen, a fitness tracking app. Jordan also happens to be the co-founder of 1 Million Cup Little Rock; what an honor to share the stage with a legend! Though he doesn’t co-organize it anymore, it flourishes on and is expanding to Conway. Now, that’s community growing right there.

1 Million Cups Little Rock takes place at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, just over the bridge in North Little Rock. We hope to see you there; if not for us and our co-presenters Strengthen, for the delicious Leiva’s Coffee that will perk you right up!

The national 1 Million Cups organization was founded in April 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. Today, it is “led by more than 300 volunteers in 35+ states, one U.S. territory, and six time zones. It attracts an estimated national weekly attendance of more than 2,500 people,” says the website.

Little Launchers is excited to soon be a part of the 1 Million Cup presenters community. I, for one, have certainly enjoyed attending the Little Rock events over the past two years since moving back to Arkansas. See you there!

Erica Swallow

Erica Swallow is a status quo wrecker, entrepreneur, journalist, and debut children’s book author, with the "Entrepreneur Kid" book series. Her thoughts have been published in Forbes, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. A first-generation college student, she was raised in Paragould, Arkansas and believes education is the key to opportunity. Erica holds degrees from New York University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is the founder of Southern Swallow digital strategy consultancy.