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Our events are only as good as our content

Our goal is to provide our community with new, exciting, thought-provoking, and out-of-the-box sessions to fuel conversation at Venture Café. Sessions inject new ideas and perspectives into the conversation and enrich our thinking – they are NOT about selling services.

Events at the Venture Café Gathering often fall into six main categories:

  • LEARN – a lecture, panel discussion, or talk, or pitch session focused on providing substantive insights, learnings, lessons and a platform for sharing ideas.
  • ENGAGE – workshops, charrettes, design thinking exercises, hackathons, community conversations and all manner of interactive opportunities to collaborate, exchange ideas and learn from each other.
  • CONNECT – the serendipitous collisions that occur when you informally chat with another Café-goer.  No programming, no pressure.  Just talk and see what happens.
  • PLAY – experiential, fun activities that invite creativity into our busy lives and allow us to approach our civic, business or innovation challenges with a fresh, new perspective.  Think playtime or art class for grown ups.
  • DEVELOP – one-on-one coaching or advising or mentoring services offered by investors, experienced industry leaders or contributing organizations through our Office Hours program.  Attendees must pre-register for Office Hours.
  • SHARE – Info tables featuring information about innovation community organizations, service providers, upcoming events, or conferences.

Thursday Gathering opportunities

We are organizing 10 – 30 different activities during each Café Thursday Gathering event. It allows you to share knowledge and contribute to advancing our innovation economy. Events are ALWAYS open to the public. Events can be targeted to specific groups, however any and all guests will be encouraged to attend the event. 

Host a Demo Table

This is a unique opportunity for product-based companies to test market, demo, or share their products (digital, physical service, or hard goods). Get in touch!

Host an Info Table

We also have opportunities for nonprofits to host info tables to highlight the many exciting ways they are sparking social innovation within our community. Get in touch!

Contribute as a Mentor

If you are a local business expert, consultant, or service provider, you’re the perfect fit to join our team of Venture Café Mentors and run Office Hours during Thursday Gathering events. We are looking for professionals with a desire to give back to the community and share their knowledge with emerging founders and business leaders through our weekly office hours program. Get in touch!

Share as an Event Presenter

Do you have something compelling to share with our growing community of ideates and innovators? Host a session during Thursday Gathering events. We are looking for entrepreneurs, business owners, community leaders, and ideators who have ideas for Venture Café event sessions AND the ability to plan and execute them. Session options include panels, presentations, interviews, seminars, demos, group activities, etc. Get in touch!