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The Venture Café Foundation global movement was started in 2010 by Timothy Rowe, founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) – the largest innovation campus in the world located in Massachusetts (USA). It started with an experiment in Boston/Cambridge and finished with great results validated also in different markets on 3 continents (global think-tank Brookings Institution named CIC’s home, Kendall Square, the ‘original innovation district’ in their report ‘Rise of the Innovation District. A New Geography of Innovation in America.’).

Every week we host the largest innovation community event in the world, known as the Thursday Gathering and a lot of powerful programs. It’s the power of ‘offline’ contact that initiates meaningful connections and which can accelerate innovation. We call it ‘engineered serendipity’. In the end, innovation is a human-to-human business, with technology serving as a tool, not a purpose itself.


Officially Venture Café Warsaw joined the network in May 2019 but we have been building our program since March 2018. The Venture Cafe Foundation Warsaw will be an operator of key programming activities inside CIC’s Innovation Campus located in Varso Place: the tallest office tower in European Union.

Our Leadership

Aureliusz Górski
Founding Executive Director
Timothy Rowe
President of the management board and Founder
Travis Sheridan
President of the CIC Venture Cafe Global Institute
Ewa Geresz
Thursday Gathering Program Manager


The network is supported by the Venture Café Global Institute, an umbrella organization that provides ongoing training, resources, convening opportunities, and guides new site expansion.

Warsaw is in good company! Please join us wherever and whenever you can – same great event and programming everywhere. Interested in learning about the local innovation ecosystem? We’d be happy to show you around. We operate in cities around the globe with more on the horizon.

Check where we have established Venture Café facilities so far:

vc_boston-full-color-logoAs the birthplace of of the Venture Café movement in 2010, Venture Café Foundation operates Boston-area innovation activities and spaces, including: (1) Venture Café Kendall, home of the weekly Thursday gathering, based at CIC Cambridge; (2) Roxbury Innovation Center, the city’s first neighborhood innovation center focused on community entrepreneurship and economic development; and (3) District Hall, Boston’s civic innovation hall also known as the “living room” of the city’s innovation ecosystem, in the Seaport neighborhood.
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vc_st-louis-full-color-logoSt. Louis was Venture Café’s first expansion out of the Boston area. Founded in 2014, Venture Café St. Louis serves a booming innovation scene in the Cortex Innovation Community and beyond. Venture Café operates its weekly Thursday gathering and additional programming at CIC St. Louis, along with two satellite events – Venture Café 39 North at the Danforth Plant Science Center and Venture Café No Ceilings at the LaunchCode Mentor Center. And last but not least…book your next event at Innovation Hall, St. Louis’ premier civic innovation hall or help transform local education through EdHub St. Louis.
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vc_rotterdam-full-color-logoRotterdam is Venture Café’s first global expansion. Launched in 2015, Venture Café Rotterdam has quickly become a premier European hub for innovation. Venture Café Rotterdam operates its weekly Thursday gathering and additional programming at CIC Rotterdam, in the heart of the city. In partnership with CIC, Venture Café is also a facilitator for Startup Visa, which enables experienced entrepreneurs from around the world to found and grow their companies in Rotterdam.
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Venture Café Miami is the convener of the city’s hustling and bustling innovation scene, and is the network’s gateway to Latin America! Founded in 2016, Venture Café Miami operates its weekly Thursday gathering and additional programming at CIC Miami, in the center of Miami’s new innovation district, Converge Miami. Venture Café Miami is also transforming their own neighborhood, a historically underserved community, through Overtown Connect.
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vc_winstonsalem-profile-logoLaunched in 2017, Venture Café Winston-Salem is mobilizing the city’s budding, vibrant innovation community as a center-point of the Innovation Quarter. Programming officially kicked off in May 2017, with the weekly Thursday gathering – you can find them every week at Bailey Power Plant’s Turbine Hall convening the innovation and entrepreneurship community of the whole Piedmont Triad community.
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Venture Café Tokyo is the network’s first presence in Asia, launched in March 2018! Venture Café Tokyo is making waves building a vibrant local innovation community across many diverse sectors. Visit the Weekly Thursday gathering in Mori Tower and check out what’s happening!
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Venture Café Philadelphia powered by Quorum, launched in November 2018 in partnership with the University City Science Center and CIC Philadelphia. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Venture Café Philadelphia convenes the innovation ecosystem week through the weekly Thursday gathering, across neighborhoods, industries, and communities.
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Venture Café Sydney launched in February 2019, in partnership with Macquarie University in the Macquarie Park Innovation District. Located in the heart of a booming innovation district, Venture Café Sydney is breaking down barriers between entrepreneurs and corporations to transform innovation in Sydney and beyond. Visit the weekly Thursday gathering to see what it’s all about!
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Venture Café Providence launched in May 2019 in partnership with CIC Providence. Located in the Innovation & Design District (formerly the Jewelry District), Venture Café Providence is building the innovation ecosystem through the weekly Thursday gathering and District Hall Providence across neighborhoods, industries, and communities.
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