Week In Review and News from 1M Cups RTP
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This week's presenter: Twistek
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Company: Twistek 
Presenter(s): Judi and Dan Bruns
Product/Service: Twistek Case for iPhone


Twistek offers ‘hands-free’ everywhere. The Twistek holds our phones, freeing up our hands to do something else when dropping your phone is not an option. Hiking, working, camping, wherever and whatever you are doing, there is peace of mind knowing your phone is secure…even when you are using it.


Innovate Durham!

Applications Due Monday, August 28, 2017
In an effort to encourage innovation at the City of Durham through partnerships with local startup companies, startups and entrepreneurs can apply to develop, test and scale innovative solutions with the support of the City. Essentially, startups get to use the City of Durham as a testing ground for 12 weeks and the City gets to use the technology for free for the test period. There are similar programs around the country at Pittsburgh, PA; and San Francisco, CA

Applications are open now through August 28th and you can learn more about the program here:

Big Top Event

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Great ready for the Big Top event on August 29th at The Frontier! Recently acquired by American Underground, this platform will allow companies to reach active job seekers in the region via live events, job listings, digital content, and targeted email blasts.  The Big Top database includes over 3,500 profiles so far. Check out their new website (!

For 1MC companies currently recruiting new team members, you are being extended a discounted rate of $750 to participate. Here’s what’s included:
  • 2 minutes on stage to pitch your company culture
  • A dedicated high-top table for networking
  • A personalized poem by The Poetry Fox, a new twist on the circus theme.
  • Listing of your jobs on BigTop if they’re not already 

To register or find out more information, please contact BigTop team member Molly Demarest:   


Free Branding Workshop!

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Monthly workshop every 2nd Tuesday at The Frontier - more at Feel free to share with any small business owners you know that would like to learn more about branding! Next one is sold out but there's another in September.

ProductCampRTP 2017

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Founded in 2008, ProductCampRTP is the first free unconference (there are no attendees, only participants) to reach out to the Entrepreneurs, Product Management, Marketing and Development communities in the Triangle and beyond. By developing the community through our own local experts we give back helping foster and build our local businesses and people.

Register and learn more:

Project Freelance: Build Authority With Journalism and Know Your Liabilities

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017, 6PM
The Cooperative, 200 North Main Street, Graham, NC

Help grow your personal brand and/or shape the reputation of your company, cause, or organization you support through bylined articles. Bylined articles in consumer and trade publications build your authority in your niche(s). What's at stake when you write an article for a website, newspaper or magazine? Even when a writer delivers error-free fact-checked material, claims or litigation are possible. Learn about the types of claims writers need to be aware of to prevent and minimize conflicts. This complimentary seminar and Q&A is completely funded by Project Freelance 2017.  Details:


Techstars is Coming to Durham!

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Techstars is looking for the best startups in the world. Techstars exists to help entrepreneurs succeed and our worldwide network has the resources, mentors, and experience to help your company grow.

Join us to meet Techstars alumni, managing directors, program managers, mentors, and community leaders to learn more about entrepreneurship. When you RSVP, don’t forget to apply for office hours with one of our managing directors.

For more information and to register:

Charleston Angel Conference

Screening Day Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Selection Day Nov. 15th

Early stage companies seeking angel investment can register for the Charleston Angel Conference to gain exposure to committed investors. $1500 will be invested in the selected company in November. For more information, visit

community opportunity


NCSU's Global Training Initiative's Mentorship Program

NCSU's Global Training Initiative's Mentorship Program is recruiting mentor volunteers to work with international students at NCSU. They started with students from China last year and will be starting with students from France this year. The students from France are all from SKEMA, France's leading business University.

Interested followers of our newsletter can reach Randy Schwawel, Director of the Mentorship Program, for more details at


If you are an entrepreneur who is hustling outside of the normal 9-5, this may be for you:

American Underground is excited to announce a new weekends + evenings co-working pass for $129/month. This pass includes:

  • A co-working desk 5p-6a during the week and 24 hours on the weekends
  • Access to all AU perks and programs, including our international network of co-working spaces, $20k in Google Cloud credits and $5k in Amazon Web Services
  • Use of conference and call rooms, video game arcade, and of course, the slide @Main!

If interested, contact Garrett Wood ( for a free tour, and for answers to any questions about the pass. Tell him 1 Million Cups sent you!

Calling all startup to come and present!  It's an opportunity to voice and present your ideas to the community and get valuable feedback! Not sure? Check out the videos of your fellow entrepreneurs who took the leap and presented!


FREE Presenter Training!

For those who want to present or will be presenting at the 1 Million Cups, this is a free and open-to-all coaching session to help get your presentation ready.
When? After the 1MillionCups event on the last Wednesday of every month, from 11:30am-12:
30pm at the Canyon Conference room in the home base of The Frontier (800 Park Office Drive, RTP NC).  This session is to help presenters with their presentation. This is a free event. Our trainers are 1 Million Cups volunteers: Nancy MacCreery & Terry Conlon! SIGN UP HERE!

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