Happy President’s Day! #OpenCoffeeLou this morning took place at Taco Punk with Deborah Boyer as moderator.
Boyer talked about the Kansas City: 1 Million Cups of Coffee initiative and asked the group if we’d be interested in adopting some of the mechanics of the program, specifically, should we invite small early-stage startups to speak to the group?
Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation created 1 Million Cups (1MC) as a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in the Kansas City community. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local upstarts an opportunity to present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
These “upstarts” (what is that supposed to mean?) present for 6 minutes and receive 20 minutes of feedback and questions.
The group agreed to give this a shot, but lots of people had reservations. Part of the mojo of #OpenCoffeeLou has often been prescribed to the “openness” of it, they suggested. Jon Mattingly of Kodable worried the meeting would get too “sales-oriented.”
But, #OpenCoffeeLou has had programming in the form of guest speakers before. And we don’t have to welcome “upstarts” every week, so we’re going forward on a trial basis only. Boyer will make the arrangements.
Other news and announcements:
Our friend, IL Contributor and #OpenCoffeeLou regular, Stacey Servo from New2Lou, announced that last week she landed a national sponsor for the business. Red Bull is going to help Servo take her events to the next level.
Dawn Yankeelov was a first-timer to the group who came to introduce us to TALK, the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky, which our Rick Redding wrote about last week. She hopes to have at least six major events a year and smaller “cluster” events on top of that. Their first event is on March 5 from 4-7 p.m. at 626 West Main. Check out www.talklou.com for more information.
We’ve talked before about the Kauffman FastTrack program morphing into something similar but different. Looks like that has happened. Nucleus Startup Training: Lean Startup Training for Startups and Early Stage Companies will meet on consecutive Monday evenings from 6-9 p.m. for 10 weeks, March 4 – May 6. Tuition is $895. Attend a Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 12-2 p.m. at Nucleus (201 E. Jefferson Street, Louisville, 40202, 3rd floor conference room). Coaches and previous program attendees will be available to answer questions; lunch provided. More information here.
Kelby Price filled us in on developments for Startup Weekend: Specifically that bios for judges and mentors have been posted on the website, 45 attendees have signed up, and Saturday afternoon will feature pitches from three area business accelerators.
Grechen Huebner of Kodable wants female tech-oriented people to help her “invade” Build Guild. She said she went last month and had fun. Build Guild meets the third Tuesday of every month to talk tech and drink beer at the BBC Taproom on Main St. Build Guild has been working to shed its reputation as a man-centered organization (not helped by its mustache logo and “high-fives encouraged” motto). So hopefully Huebner’s ask can help them out.
Huebner also reminded us that on March 23 from noon to 4 p.m. she’s holding Kid Summit at the Oldham County Library to get elementary school kids interested in STEM & Entrepreneurship: Beam Technologies, Space Apps and Collabra will be mentoring and presenting.
Louisville Digital Association is co-sponsoring an all-day 3D printing workshop on March 9. The event is not yet on the LDA or LFPL calendar, but it will be added this week. A guest speaker is bringing fancy 3D printers from Solidworks in Cincy. According to Deborah Boyer, if during the course of the workshop, you design something you need printed but don’t get it printed that day, you can leave your file with the LFPL and pick up your 3D object later.
Speaking of the LFPL, the How-To Festival returns to the Main Library on May 11. The event features 50 mini-lessons in 5 hours. The event was a huge success last year, so stay tuned for more information on that.
#OpenCoffeeLou was pleased to welcome its youngest visitor to date, 3 year-old Kaitlyn, whose favorite color is orange. Kaitlyn’s mom is Dr. Valerie Wheat, who came to talk about the Space Apps Challenge, which we covered last week. This event– a 3-day development challenge sponsored by NASA and using Open Government data – is a pretty big boon to the city. We’ll be talking about it quite a bit as it approaches. In the meantime, if you’re a science-y, tech-y, develop-y person, Dr. Wheat would love to bounce some challenges off you. Please volunteer your services at [email protected]
GLI’s EnterpriseCorp. is holding a meetup at the Iroquois Amphitheater on Wed., Feb 20 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. At the meeting, the GLI folks will introduce you to all of the ways EnterpriseCorp can help you with your startup business. Please RSVP here.
Nick Roberts of SpeedDemon photography will be teaching a 3-day workshop on HDR processing. Tuition is $189, and the class is from March 22-24. Information will be posted here.
The next Louisville Digital Association meeting is March 20. Nick Huhn of Bandy Carroll Hellige will be talking about social media ROI at 6 p.m. at the iHub.
My Mobile Ville meets Tues, Feb 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the PEAK10 Data Center on Barret Ave. More information at: http://mymobileville.com
In order to better accommodate a more formal-ish presentation, a la 1 Million Cups of Coffee, we will move the next #OpenCoffeeLou meeting to iHub at 204 S. Floyd Street. As, always, #OpenCoffeeLou will start at 8:30 a.m. and last a little over an hour. Next week’s moderator is Stacey Servo of New2Lou.