"Minne" 1 Million Cups #1MC

by Patrick Donohue, Kevin McArdle, Aneela Idnani, Louis Abramowski, Paul Riedner, Jeremy Gilbert, and Paul Lampland | at MinneBar 13 | 11:15 – 12:05 in Tackle | View Schedule

Every Wednesday morning nearly 200 communities across the United States host 1 Million Cups to provide a free and comfortable venue for entrepreneurs to pitch their business (or idea) and the community asks "What can our community do to help you?!"

We are hosting 5 "mini" 1 Million Cup presentations for MinneBar!

Come prepared to participate in dialogue on: What can we do to help the entrepreneur pitching!


Moses Tut - Running Tap Aneela Idnani - Habit Aware Paul Rieder - Shadow Culture Lou Abramowski - Evergreen Jeremy Gilbert - Pandora Cybernetics

More about 1MC: Our regional community has several 1 Million Cup locations: St. Paul, Eden Prairie, Willmar, Rochester, Winona, Mankato, Eau Claire and there are probably more in the works! Look up the location that works for best for you: https://www.1millioncups.com/

What Can Our Startup Community Do for You? 1 MILLION CUPS is a free, nationwide program designed to educate, engage and accelerate early-stage startups. We believe in the notion that entrepreneurs can discover solutions and thrive when they collaborate over a million cups of coffee. Drop in on our community of innovators and entrepreneurship enthusiasts to connect and support our local startups.

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Patrick Donohue

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Hill Capital Corporation

Kevin McArdle

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I am the Co-Founder and CEO of SureSwift Capital. We acquire and operate successful technology companies.

Aneela Idnani

Aneela Idnani is Cofounder & Marketing/Design Lead at HabitAware. For more than 20 years, Aneela hid her battle with compulsive hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania), a mental health condition. After sharing this secret, HabitAware created Keen, a patented smart bracelet that uses gesture detection technology to bring awareness to hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting, issues that negatively impact more than 20M Americans. With awareness, people can “Retrain The Brain” to healthier coping mechanisms. Aneela is a mental health advocate, raising awareness of these very common yet unknown conditions. Aneela is a native New Yorker who proudly calls Minneapolis, MN home and spends her free time making art and playing with her two young kids.

Louis Abramowski

Lou Abramowski or -- as he's known to many -- "Hot Lou" has spent the last 20 years building startups from OurFamilyWizard.com (the biggest family management tool on the web) to 8thBridge (MN Cup 2009 Grand Prize winner, acquired in 2014) to today Evergreen (a social media automation tool for SMBs).

He's also helped build gigantic social media communities on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, TikTok, etc. for billion dollar brands like Jack Link's Beef Jerky and the Minnesota Vikings, to just a couple thousand for small non-profits like Simon Says Give, to hundreds of thousands for obscure children's entertainers like Twig the Fairy.

Outside of the software startup and marketing world, he's a national and world championship ultimate player and coach.

Paul Riedner

Paul Riedner served all over the world for the US Army as a Deep Sea Engineer Diver, deploying to Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Germany, and France. After leaving the service in 2010, Paul earned his MBA from the Carlson School of Management, studied audio/video production at the Institute of Production & Recording, and has created numerous veteran focused programs in the community such as:

  1. a radio show called “Sounds From a Soldier’s Soul”,
  2. a veteran art retreat in his hometown of Red Wing, Minnesota called 2014 Minnesota Veterans Arts Experience
  3. a documentary film short called “Support the Troops: A Veteran’s View”
  4. and most recently, as executive director of the Veteran Resilience Project, a nonprofit that provides free trauma therapy to MN veterans, he created a podcast series called "Resilience MN” that interviews military veterans and helps tell their stories to the public.

Paul is currently running an advocacy & innovation startup called Shadow Culture, which creates compelling media and community engagement campaigns that bridge the Veteran/Civilian divide so that the community can understand and value the unique gifts that military veterans offer.

Jeremy Gilbert

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Paul Lampland

Host / Organizer - 1 Million Cups / St Paul from the start in Minnesota at the James J. Hill Center (library), 2014. Participate in many Start-Up events and activities around town.

Founder / Grey Cloud Studio, Professional Photography and Video Services for Businesses. Google Maps "Streetview" Photographer, Creating 360 imagery via Google Maps Project, customized for the INSIDE of your business.

Consultant for Google + My Business Listings (Places/Local), maximizing Local SEO, Social Media. If your business wants fresh alternatives for marketing, learn how to succeed in the digital world by partnering with the world's dominant search engine. Google's goal is to make the world's information useful. I help businesses be seen by the world.

Active with Wordpress/SEO, offering website/graphic design and marketing/branding services to small businesses, Video/Multimedia Production.