Steve Young, Founder
Synek Draft System
SYNEK is the first ever beer packaging that gives people access to any beer ever made fresh on their kitchen counter. We recently opened pre-orders and secured over $600,000 in less than two weeks. In that same period, we have been able to sign on board over 600 breweries providing access to over 10,000 different brands to our backers.
We have returned to 1 Million Cups to talk about why we failed horribly the first week of our pre-order campaign, how we pivoted, and why SYNEK has received so much traction.
Travis Sheridan, Executive Director
The Venture Cafe – St Louis
The Venture Café Foundation (VCF) is the non-profit sister organization of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), the largest concentration of startups under one roof anywhere in the world.
The organization has a three-fold mission:
(1) building and connecting communities of innovation locally, nationally, and internationally
(2) expanding the definition of innovation and entrepreneurship, and
(3) building a more inclusive innovation economy.
James Vaughn, Co-founder
Porta-Count is an OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) Statistical Calculator. By using this App on your phone, it will allow you to check the operating efficiency of your equipment.
Founder, Conn Education
The Classroom Library Company is an educator owned and operated company that publishes and distributes educational media correlated to the new Common Core Standards. All of our products consist of high interest educational materials available to the K-8 marketplace. Some educators are not aware of new and exciting educational materials that have been created to educate children under the guise of favorite children’s characters and exciting themes. These products can successfully compete with computers, video games and other products that vie for a child’s time and attention. Our goal is to get children reading at an early age, so they are able to acquire the skills needed to compete in the 21st century.
Research strongly suggests that classroom libraries play a critical role in early literacy.
Founder, Made for Freedom
Made for Freedom exists to free and empower exploited women. Made for Freedom products and events will allow us to fight for women’s freedom through employment, partnerships and significant contributions.
The trafficking of women is fueled by many attitudes and beliefs, but often key factors are lack of opportunity and oppressive poverty. Made for Freedom will provide opportunities for people in oppressive situations by providing places that can offer employment as well as education, training and safety.
Made for Freedom will contract with internationally certified factories to manufacture and import our redesigned fisherman pants. These pants will be sold online, at trade shows and at fashion events that reveal the truth of human trafficking today. A significant percentage (starting at 20%) of the profit from each pair of pants will be given to partners who are providing life skills and job training for rescued girls and women
Manu Stephen, Founder
PIXI Medical is a healthcare company developing devices and software to monitor prescription compliance and overall health. PIXI Medical aims to make missed medications a thing of the past by connecting patient, physician, and pharmacy.
Alex Cruz, Founder
The best way to build a personal/business brand or presence in any industry is to create content about it. With websites like Medium, WordPress, YouTube, Tumblr, LinkedIn and others, it’s never been easier to share knowledge. 89% of businesses use content marketing. Because social media is now the leading driver of traffic, there needs to be a tool that measures how impactful/engaged/influential content is across authors, articles, and topics.
Space Sculpt is an online platform that is making interior design affordable.
Property owners can launch a design project for 75% less than the cost of hiring a local design firm.
Interior designers sign up for free, upload their portfolios, and receive immediate access to projects from all over the world.
Paul Gamble, Founder
Seneca M. Hinds, Co-Owner
ICONLimitless partners with artists to provide the production, manufacturing, distribution and promotion needed to succeed in the music industry.