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every Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Regional Economic Development

500 E. Walnut, Suite 102, Columbia, MO 65201 Get Directions

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The Healthy Gamer teaches nutrition, fitness, and self-development concepts to gamers in a manner that they can understand and relate to.

Meet the Organizers

Collin Bunch @Collin_Bunch

Collin is a Business Counselor specializing in start-ups, high-growth companies, and international markets. He is also part of the Economic Gardening team for the state of Missouri and has several ventures of his own.

Nina Fazio

Whether by design or serendipity, 40+ years of corporate experience across multiple disciplines in high-tech industries made for an ideal post-retirement segue directly onto the coordinating team for 1 Million Cups-Columbia. 

Pack Matthews @mysoulseat

Biking Columbia's wonderful trails, jamming with local musicians and enjoying the arts and start-up culture of Columbia are among Pack's favorite activities when not engaged with his start-up.

Past Organizers

Past Presenters

Mae-Niac Entertainment

Mae-Niac Entertainment is a local record label, professional recording studio, and event promotions company. With 2 nationally acclaimed recording artists, a thriving sound engineering business, and several successful concerts and events, Mae-Niac Entertainment has the determination and talent to succeed as a respected business.


7Methods is a sales and customer service consultancy that helps businesses perfect the language of success. 7Methods helps business owners and their employees use the right language to close more sales, retain more customers and create larger lifetime customer values. Using call recordings, language evaluations, script development, training and reinforcement, 7Methods helps businesses find their strengths and turn them into competitive advantages.


A free, no risk college classifieds service made only available to students with valid email addresses from the college or University at which they are attending.

Kitty Arm - In the process of a name change


Kitty Arm started as a "toy" that my cat and I would play with. After further thought, the idea of making this product a 2 in 1, transporter/toy, would solve the problem of your pets reluctance to enter a traditional pet carrier. The ability to do so is by creating a fun, unique relationship between your pet and this carrier.


SportsFormulator develops predictive models and other analytical intellectual property for sports. We provide information and commentary to help sports consumers make better decisions in sports gaming and contests.

Jenny McGee Fine Art


Jenny McGee's mission is to help people articulate and express their love to another person through her artwork. McGee's unique process offers her patrons a way to preserve, celebrate and remember their unique relationship and legacy.


Knoda organizes the world's predictions to create a fun game for predictors and valuable information for content producers.

Show Me Safety Consulting, LLC

We bring safety needs to you. We offer OSHA compliance training; Certified First Aid, CPR and AED training according to the American Heart Association; Construction Safety training; safety consulting according to the Federal and State Department of Transportation regulations; and more. We can also conduct safety audits to make sure that your company is as safe as possible. We are the premier safety consulting firm in mid-Missouri. - Download/Stream Free Mixtapes and Music Videos from your favorite Hip-Hop/R&B artists. The easiest way to Download Free Mixtapes!

I am developing my personal brand as a rapper, motivational speaker, and music writer. My mission is to educate as I learn and grow and inspire people today and for generations to come! Overall I live by these words "In the beginning if others don't see your vision, it doesn't matter as long as you do!"- NicDanger

Treehouse Treasures

Treehouse Treasures is an online boutique offering eco-friendly baby and children's items at

RE-Axe Products LLC

American Made products for musicians by musicians

The What If...? LLC

We're a startup that uses active curiosity to spur communities into action. We are working to create multiple platfor(u)ms to ask, change, and share the questions that will change our world.

Wheelchair Personalities

Wheelchair Personalities™ is committed to reducing the stigma associated with wheelchairs by enhancing their appearance, enabling the users to express their personality and allowing healthcare institutions and other organizations to extend their corporate messaging while complimenting the esthetics within their facilities.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

CCUA works to build and develop the local and urban food systems to enhance all its associated health, economic, environmental and social benefits.

Personal Financial Assistants (in progress)

Providing daily money manage help to seniors.

Central States Plastic

CSP is a plastics manufacture that solves real-world issues through rapid prototyping in conjunction with heavy user feedback.



PAOS is the newest, funnest and craziest way to wash your hands. Born as a school project while at Mizzou and successfully converted into a startup that is ready to disrupt the soap industry. PAOS was the 3rd place winner of the Boom Bounce Pitch competition in March. PAOS is rethinking the way people wash their hands and use soap!

Clarius is an interactive design and marketing agency that exists to help businesses tell their story through a clear, focused approach.

Imagine Labs


Imagine Labs is dedicated to unconventional solutions to energy problems. Rather than inventing new methods of creating electricity that require huge capital, hard installation, or get in the way of everyday life, we find solutions to make what already exists more efficient. Our current product is called CuPL. A thermoelectric couple generator to make Coal Industrial Plants more efficient.

EigenLabs L.L.C.


Bitcoin: Mining, Trading, Arbitrage, and Security

Spot Light Stars

Spot Light Stars is a theatrical arts organization with the goal of improving the community as well as children's lives through performing arts.

Allied Integrated Maintenance Service

Providing Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing building maintenance services throughout Mid-Missouri.

#BOOM The Innovation REDI Project

Entrepreneur events and education consortium

Evans and Evans, LLC d.b.a. Evans and Evans Pilot Escort Vehicles

Pilot Escort Cars are the vehicles that ride in front of or behind over sized, overweight and/or wide load trucks. We will escort loads from designated place of pickup to the delivery point keeping the load and surrounding traffic safe by keeping aware of our surroundings and keeping in verbal contact with the truck driver and other escort vehicles and slowing or stopping traffic as needed.


Hackton is a bohemian community of coders, designers, engineers, makers and hackers in Columbia, Missouri.

Kline Technologies

Kline Technologies offers a way for easy tracking of pallets and cost- effectively managing commodities. We will use mobile device applications, computer software, and LED tracking technology to create a low cost warehousing system. Our warehousing system is easy to use, offers instantaneous inventory updates, is paper-less, offers automatic calculators for forklift drivers, and is compatible with both RFID and barcodes (as well as our LED tracking device).

BeWell Health, LLC ~ Nasopure

Nasopure offers the best nasal washing system on the market, our nicer neti is simple, soothing and safe - children as young as 2 use Nasopure comfortably. Nasopure - BeWell Health's commitment to "green" is reflected in BPA free plastic; manufactured and assembled by disabled adults in MO; all components recyclable.

Caroline Leemis Design LLC

Caroline Leemis Design is excited to offer unique and specialized interior design services to the Mid-Missouri community. With a Bachelors of Interior Design from the University of Arkansas, Caroline brings experience from both small and large architectural firms, as well as expertise in the sustainable design and healthcare design fields. CLD's mission is to create powerful interior environments that inspire, comfort, and excite.

Madinger Industries


The Gauntlet Initiative, being released under Madinger Industries, is an open source platform to meet the need of affordable mechanical prosthetic hands. Starting as an individual project to help a 5 year old from Jeff City, Alex Madinger saw that existing open source prosthetic hand designs were limited in their scope. He decided to design his own that met the needs of gripping power, extended reach, and amplifying the little motion that some may have.

Pizza Tree

Hi y'all! We sell pizza by the slice, pizza art, and other delights! We use great ingredients to make even greater pizza.

5Gen Salsa, LLC

5Gen Salsa LLC, was founded by Kim Lanes in April 2011. She took a homemade ketchup and chili sauce recipe that has been passed down in her family for 5Generations and is now selling as salsa. She recently added a new Bloody Mary Mix product.

Influence and Co.

Influence and Co. helps individuals and brands communicate credibility and influence online by getting them published in reputable publications that reach their target audience.

Development of an app and attachments to detect and reduce heat stress in animals


Analytics tool that helps writers track their online work's performance and influence. It also helps publishers and brands find quality writers.

adFreeq, LLC

adFreeq is the disruptive classifieds platform that online publishers and blogs use to grab traffic and revenue that’s unclaimed or has been going to outdated competitors. It's a revolutionary classified ad platform designed to recapture revenue and create new traffic for any online publisher’s web site or blog. An adFreeq adPortal is an “app” that is added to any web page in less then 30 minutes. Buyers get instant and secure access to 100k+ ads while shopping with a trusted local brand.

Heartfelt LLC

Heartfelt LLC was born when the Heartfelt partners acquired a FeltLoom in 2010. Heartfelt is truly an American business. The FeltLoom was invented by an alpaca breeder from Kentucky. The alpaca fiber is produced in mid-Missouri. The mill that processes the fiber into batting is in Michigan. And the final products are produced by the Heartfelt partners themselves in Columbia, MO.

Baka Specialties

Combination of two ecommerce stores and a new engineering service for small-scale manufacturing. The first store is and it sources and sells unique garden tools. The second ecommerce store is and it manufactures and sells home laundry equipment. The new engineering service for small-scale manufacturing will help entrepreneurs evaluate their new product designs and have them produced with minimal expense.

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The organizers are independent licensees of the 1 Million Cups trade name and are not affiliated with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (“Kauffman”) or Kauffman Laboratories for Enterprise Creation, Inc. (“Kauffman Labs”). All information, views, opinions and commentaries presented herein are those of the organizers and not those of Kauffman or Kauffman Labs.