1 Million Cups

Little Rock

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Digital Marketing & Consulting

Meet the Organizers

Jordan Carlisle @jordantcarlisle

Jordan is driven by three simple actions - creating value for others, building meaningful relationships and learning new things. His passion for technologies that improve networks and markets, like massive online open courses, Bitcoins and Air BnB, are why he's drawn towards building startups.

Mike Steely @smallbizmike

Mike is a passionate and vocal supporter of entrepreneurship and technology in Central Arkansas and founder of the non-profit Arkansas Venture Center. Over the past 15 years he has created startups, mentored startup teams locally and nationally and serves on the SXSW Board of Advisors. His company Sparkible helps turn ideas into reality.

Nicholas Norfolk @absolut_zer0

Nicholas is one that prides himself in gathering and distributing information. Although a social media enthusiast he never wants to "lose the common touch" as Kipling would say. Whether online or in person, he enjoys engaging and finding new ways to leverage social media.

Susie Cowan legendsofAR

Susie is a founding member, event planner and the executive director of LoA Inc. and Legends of Arkansas. Susie is a local business enthusiast, and find it extremely important to live local. She also manages the Dandelion, and works part time for The Freckled Frog, which are both locally owned and operated.
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The Arkansas Venture Center is focused on facilitating the grassroots growth of entrepreneurial activity in Central Arkansas through the establishment of startup acceleration, corporate innovation and technical training programs.

CDots Media is a social media solution that focuses on live coverage of events.

The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce is a membership driven non-profit, driving economic impact, public policy, entrepreneurship education, and community building in the Little Rock regional area.

Sparkible is an idea accountability and development firm. We help our clients take the ideas that have been floating around in their head for possibly decades and build them into products or services. Using our Spark, Build, Grow methodology we can take an idea from a spark to crowdfunded and on the market rapidly.

Past Presenters

That's so raw llc


Arkansas' only grab-and-go restaurant! Offering living raw entrees, desserts, and drinks. 100% vegan, gluten free, and kosher. Cooked options available.

Endangered Gentleman


The Endangered Gentleman is a lifestyle brand that exists to preserve a dying breed, the gentleman.Located in Little Rock, we provide handmade accessories and grooming products to help him thrive in his intended environment. We believe the gentleman is a dying breed, but not a lost cause. We refuse to let the Gentleman down without a fight.

Cranford Co.


Cranford Co. is a full-service firm for advertising, marketing, digital media and social communications.

Move Makeup


Move Makeup isn't just another mineral makeup brand. These minerals were chosen and blended using the unique perspective of a dancer with sensitive skin.



Mugs Café is a place to eat and drink without the pressure to consume and move on. Our vision is to be Argenta’s “third place.” Third places – a term coined by Ray Oldenburg in his 1989 book The Great Good Place – are informal gathering places where people in a particular neighborhood meet to develop friendships, discuss issues, and network with others.

We’re in the business of ensuring entrepreneurs that inspire us have the capital and resources we didn't during our startups. Speed to market is the competitive advantage we provide to each of our investments.

Retrocat Media


Retrocat provides media based solutions for local businesses, artists,and individuals. Our focus is to improve the image of a brand or personal style through creative and quality video production.

Fund for Arkansas' Future


The Fund for Arkansas' Future is a member-managed, angel investor fund formed for the purpose of capitalizing early-stage, Arkansas-based companies with the goal of generating strong returns for our investors. Their members (investors) comprise some of Arkansas' premier business and community leaders who are focused on driving economic development through the creation of high-growth companies based in Arkansas.

RTLD Media provides studio space, photography, make-Up designs, video work, graphics, DJ services, Music Production, Promotion and Event Booking!

Merger Match grades potential acquisitions using a proprietary predictive organizational assessment tool. Our goal is to improve long term success of merged companies through the use of better data.

Ridetron designs and manufactures customizable electronics modules that make cool cars cooler.

i.d.mii international, inc.


i.d.mii utilizes a traditional medical alert bracelet, that first responders are trained to look for, and couples it with an annual membership to a world wide, instant accesses, medical alert database that securely houses your complete emergency medical profile. We were specifically created and designed by a congenital heart patient to be a complete, precise and efficient tool for every individual that needs their emergency medical profile to be accessible at all times.

Unstuck LLC


When Semi tractor trailers get stuck in ice and snow it usually takes about 60 minutes and $400+ to get them out/moving. none of this is a value-added activity. The mixture of powders I designed/patented increases the friction coefficient of vulcanized rubber to roughly 900% of what it is on ice unaided, now have 10 manufacturing representatives in 17 countries.

bfonics, Inc.


bfonics is an end- end- to – end, proximity based mobile marketing solution use the 'iBeacon' Technology from Apple to seamlessly integrate digital and physical world. Our software platform, helps retailers to leverage cost-effective mobile technology to connect with their customers and offer customized deals.

Big Piph


An artist who is uniquely combining hip-hop entertainment, philanthropy, and community building. This is displayed through various entities founded in the genre including performances and teaching (domestic and international), promotion, fundraising, and social activism.

Arkansas Startup Week


One week of technology and entrepreneurial events to celebrate innovation in the State of Arkansas.

Fair Share Data: An "Anti-Loyalty" program that compiles consumer's credit card transactions, and lets businesses push targeted deals to compete for consumers.

Real Agent Guard


Personal Security Systems for Real Estate Agents

Jones Innovative Medical Solutions, Inc.


Jones Innovative Medical Solutions LLC was founded principally to develop the Bifurcated Venous Access Device pat. pending. The BVAD is a practical medical device that provides hospitalized patients with a more accurate, pain free blood draw system, while giving the hospital supply chain a financially beneficial option. Replacing lancets, reducing needle sticks. Currently a Fall 2014 ARK Challenge participant and an Innovate Arkansas client.



BT Technologies is a technology and idea firm bringing together business and creative processes. Our first creation is PokerWords, the home game that brings together Poker and word games!



We can help you get your donors to keep coming back.

Talentt App


Browse the profiles of talented people in your area.

Clerk Up


Clerk Up connects attorneys with freelance legal support professionals to allow small to medium-sized law firms to take on big projects while keeping expenses small.

Acorn Hours


Acorn Hours is the simplest way for schools to track and verify their student's public service hours. With our application students can log their hours, verify them with service sites, and create a unique public service portfolio to send to colleges. We sell a yearly subscription to schools.

My Color of Beauty


My Color of Beauty is a content and commerce company that provides beauty solutions to women of color.



Creative Services: graphic design, web design, video production

Loblolly Creamry


A Little Rock based creamery making small batch ice cream, fizzy sodas, and other fine lollies

Tagless Clothing


Tagless is a curated subscription service for men looking for stylish clothes at an affordable price. Tagless is building a network of stylists picking the highest quality clothes from thrift shops and delivering the best to you each month.

The ARK Challenge


The ARK Challenge is a mentorship-driven accelerator program for technology startups. The ARK Challenge is a Winrock International, U.S. Programs, initiative. It is made possible due to funding from Winrock International, Gravity Ventures, Fund for Arkansas’ Future and Arkansas Development Finance Authority.

Harlem Lyrics LLC


Harlem Lyrics is an Arkansas-based company that started in 2003 as an Afro-centric greeting card company. Today it is a gift, fashion, focused on trendy and urban themed product

Leiva's Coffee


Locally roasted farmer direct coffee.

The Launch Pad in The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub


We are a place for makers, tinkerers, inventors, innovators and even small and big companies looking for a cool place try out ideas and make new things.



RxResults is a next-generation Pharmacy Risk Management company. By working with employers & their PBM – our team of pharmacists, physicians & industry experts provides our clients with an integrated, informatics-powered, evidence-based suite of clinical solutions that deliver significant & immediate reduction in pharmacy benefits costs for plans sponsors and members.

Little Rock s 1st and only Vegan Cafe

Legends of Arkansas is a non-profit, grassroots organization focused on strengthening the local communities within the state of Arkansas. Through family-friendly live music and art events that celebrate and promote the many talented artists, musicians, artisans, craftsmen, and small business owners in Arkansas, Legends of Arkansas improves the quality of life and helps initiate economic growth.

Launch Retreat


Launch Retreat is an intense 3-day 3-night event that provides early-stage and existing businesses with the vital support needed for healthy growth. We’ve designed a lean, business preparation curriculum that culminates in an intensive getaway where A-list mentors and leaders will work with you one-on-one.

Polis Design


Polis Design creates original modern furniture for the home and office.

Made By Few


The conference for makers of the web.

Panda Laundry Factory


Panda Laundry is the Ford assembly line for wash-and-fold. It executes high volume output at greatly reduced unit costs. Basically, you get your laundry done faster and cheaper than doing it yourself.

Bobby's Bike Hike - Little Rock Tours & Rentals


Bobby's Bike Hike provides bike tours of Little Rock appropriate for a variety of ages, interests, and skill levels. Our tours are designed to provide quality information, group interaction, and most of all fun. The Pork & Bourbon tour is a food tour sampling southern cuisine. And our Historic Neighborhoods tour takes you into the districts of Quapaw, MacArthur Park, and Central High. There is a variety of bikes for rent to explore the Ark River Trail on your own, and includes free helmets, maps, & lock.



4DSales is a tablet based (iPad and Windows 8) application developed for sales professionals by sales professionals with the expressed purpose of creating energy, conversation and professionalism in a sales call.



Inspired by classic first-person shooter video games, Overwatch is the next generation of interactive gaming. Using Overwatch, all the technology you’ve come to love from combat and first-person shooter video games is available in real life - right on your smartphone.

Garden Press


Garden Press is a fresh-pressed juice operation that satisfies the consumers demand for fresh, locally pressed juice. Our raw, living juices are full of nutrients and vitality, which is why we created a website with an order portal. We bring the juice to you, or you can pickup at our location! The plan is on a juice bar before the end of the Summer.

Kent Walker Artisan Cheese


We make high quality, old world style cheese from local ingredients while striving to educate consumers about food production as well as working to increase transparency in food production.



Dwolla allows anything connected to the Internet to move money as quickly, safely, and at the lowest cost possible. Powered by an accessible web-based platform and its "free or 25 cent flat-fee" per transaction pricing model, Dwolla allows people, businesses, even governments to easily send and receive payments with one another, like cash, but with easy to use websites, apps, and tools.

J.B.M. Entertainment Productions


Performing and providing live entertainment; music education, and presenting a platform for others with potential.

Arkansas Venture Center


Helping entrepreneurs get things done.




eZdiscovery Solutions, LLC


eZdiscovery specializes in helping small law firms and solo practitioners harness the power of electronic discovery without the hassle and cost of investing in their own solution. From planning an e-discovery request to training on e-discovery principles to full implementation of a review of case data, our team of e-discovery professionals can support attorneys through every aspect of the process.

Passenger Baggage Xpress - PBX


Passenger Baggage Xpress (PBX) service is created to bridge the communication gap between airlines and passengers when dealing with delayed luggage. Making the connection as simple as a click of an icon.



Apptegy is a turnkey web communications platform and native app for schools and school districts.



We offer clean, sanitary restroom trailers for outdoor functions and events, with A/C, running water and flushable toilets.

The Hole Thing


The Hole Thing is a variety gourmet holery based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Specializing in creating unique and pop-able treats. We make holes for every occasion. Now by harnessing the power of a teenage mind, two awesome parents, and an annoying little brother we are giving the power back to holes and a hole bite of happiness to you!

Noteimals LLC


Noteimals is an app and teaching materials for beginner pianist, guitarist and violinist. Noteimals' teaching method works toward a smooth transition from animal pictures to standardized notes. So children as young as 3 can easily learn to make harmonious music.



Bridge2Rwanda's mission is to a create a fellowship of globally educated, entrepreneurial servant leaders working together in Africa – committed to Jesus, their countries and one another. We expand Rwanda's global network of friends, encourage foreign direct investment and create opportunities for the region's most promising students to study abroad and launch their careers in preparation for becoming capable, ethical leaders in Africa.



Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

American Idealist, Inc


Write one or thousands of government representatives in minutes.

Noble Impact


Noble Impact is a 501(c)3 organization focused on engaging K12 students at the intersection of public service and entrepreneurship. We serve as a bridge to connect the classroom to the community.



Web-JIVE is a fun, creative, award winning website design and development company based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Web-JIVE provides award winning website design and development services including, feature rich eCommerce stores/carts, search engine optimization, Internet marketing services, website branding, Joomla!® and Jomsocial support, programming and much more.

Bourbon & Boots


Bourbon & Boots is an online retailer selling apparel and home decor.

Rock Town Distillery


Rock Town Distillery is the first "legal" distillery in Arkansas since prohibition. Distillers of artisan quality hand crafted spirits.

SUMOTEXT Corporation


SUMOTEXT helps brands, agencies, and nonprofits kick-start and sustain conversations and commerce with mobile audiences via SMS, MMS, Passbook, and Google Wallet.

Treatsie, LLC


How does a consumer find their favorite sweet treat if it's made by a confectioner over 1,000 miles away? How can that confectioner expand their reach throughout the United States? Those are the problems that the Treatsie team is trying to solve. We bring together artisan confectioners and consumers from all over the United States through experience-driven ecommerce.

Privacy Policy / Terms of Use Admin
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.