Click here to watch the winners receive their check!   .



      Meet the Judges ! .

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Meet the 2016 Winner, Pandere Shoes!

Nearly 200 elevator pitches were narrowed to a top 40, to a top 15, then to a final five who pitched their companies in six-minute videos judged by a panel of Kauffman Fellows. After a lot of education and coaching along the way … we have a winner.

And, the winner is Pandere Shoes:  Shoes for Unique Feet | Anchorage, Alaska.

We want thank all participants for the hard work and effort you have put into this competition. We hope you enjoyed working with our coaches, including Nathan Gold (and us), as much as we have enjoyed working with you.

As the winner, Pandere Shoes received $25,000 and a trophy—but that’s not all. Pandere Shoes also received:

~ An expenses paid trip to this year’s Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum & Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Palm Desert, California.
~ An expenses paid trip to the 2017 State of Entrepreneurship Address in Washington, D.C., Feb. 16-17.
~ An expenses paid trip to the inaugural ESHIP Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, June 21-23, 2017.

We’ve upped the ante for the four runners-up as well. Each runner up will receive a $5,000 cash prize and:

~ An expenses paid trip to the 2017 State of Entrepreneurship Address in Washington, D.C., Feb. 16-17.

~ An expenses paid trip to the inaugural ESHIP Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, June 21-23, 2017.

Click here to watch the winners receive their check and take another look at the final five videos—it’s well worth the time. The judges had their hands full picking a winner. 

We also appreciate the participant's feedback along the way. We’ll continue to improve this competition and enhance the educational value. Our goal is to get 1MCers ready for the bigger pitches. We hope you found 1 in a Million as valuable as we did!

Congratulations to the 2016 winner, PANDERE SHOES!

W I N N E R ! | Pandere Shoes: Shoes For Unique Feet | Anchorage, AK

Laura Oden

Runner-up | Mourning Dove Studio | Asheville, NC

carol d. motley

Runner-up | The Grooming Project | Kansas City, MO

Runner-up | Proseeds | Omaha, NE

Runner-up | Giveit | Provo Utah

MacKay Crookston


About 1 in a Million

1 in a Million brings 1 Million Cups presenters across the country together to compete for the coveted #1 trophy, a $25,000 prize, and bragging rights for the year.

This entirely virtual competition requires entrepreneurs to submit videos on their business in one, three and six minute segments. Public voting will take the Top 40 submissions to the Top 15 semifinalists and to the Top 5 finalists.

As each round progresses, entrepreneurs will get continuous education and feedback including coaching with Demo Coach Nathan Gold. In addition, a distinguished judging panel comprised of Kauffman Fellows will provide feedback and determine who will be this year’s 1 in a Million winner.