Thursday February 6, 2014 0 commentsBy Steve Porter
FORT COLLINS - Northern Colorado's new 1 Million Cups business presentation group learned about a startup company that aims to help Vietnamese farmers grow and sell gourmet mushrooms and a company that helps its customers sell their videos on demand Wednesday.
Fargreen, a Fort Collins-based company founded by Vietnamese native Trang Tran and Tanmay Lelang, told an audience of about 30 people about their business model for helping poor farmers earn money by growing mushrooms in an eco-friendly way. Click here to view the pitch video.
Intelivideo founder Brad Brown and business developer Chris Snook presented the Broomfield-based company's mission of helping customers sell their videos on demand on the Internet. Click here to view the pitch video.
The presentation at Arts Incubator of the Rockies was the first Fort Collins-based NoCo 1 Million Cups event with actual business presenters after an organizational meeting held the previous week.
The free 1 million Cups presentations are scheduled to be held every Wednesday at 9 a.m. at AIR. Startups wishing to make a presentation are invited to visit noco.sites.1millioncups.com to sign up.
1 Million Cups was created by the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support and celebrate business innovation across America. The idea is to hold coffee conversations across the country at the same time each week - hence, the "million cups."
The Fort Collins-based event is the second in Colorado, with an event established at Galvanize in Denver last year.
The events feature six-minute presentations of business models, followed by 20 minutes of audience interaction with questions, comments and suggestions.
Tyler Hutson, a budding entrepreneur who attended both of the NoCo 1 Million Cups events, said he enjoyed the interaction and education he received for making his own business pitch.
"I think what really hooked me was they asked for crowd input and what we'd like to see," he said of the presentations. "It's really cool for us to see presentations and to interact and give feedback."
Click here to view the Fargreeen business presentation video.
Click here to view the Intelivideo business presentation video.