Throughout the year, we have been committed to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in our community. We have hosted various events and programs to connect and support individuals and organizations in the innovation ecosystem, including networking opportunities, workshops, and pitch sessions.
Our efforts have led to new partnerships, the launch of new businesses, and the growth and success of existing ones. We have also seen an increase in the diversity of our community, with a more excellent representation of women and underrepresented groups in entrepreneurship.
With almost 650 sessions taking place during Venture Café’s Thursday Gatherings in 2022, we housed an incredible amount of knowledge, expertise and inspiration on a week-to-week basis. A total of 399 speakers have dedicated their time and effort to host break out sessions, office hours or info tables as part of our Thursday programs.
It’s been a tough year for everyone, and the future is uncertain. But we’re here to be your second home and the hub for all the things that are certain. The good news is that the future is based on good foundation!
We’re going to be here for a long time, and we want you to join us. We’ve proven that even COVID won’t stop our community from growing, and in this impact report we would like to share what happened in 2021 just to give all of you—the amazing people who were part of our success—a sense of how great our work together was last year. Thank you for a great collaboration in 2021. We are looking forward to do together even more in 2022.
In July 2020 we added the word innovation to skyline of Warsaw. This is the first step to create an organic innovation district and fully inclusive platform for collaboration. As Venture Cafe Warsaw Foundation we lead by sharing tools and resources openly and by creating a platform with solutions that align and amplify the efforts of our community partners. By fostering relationships that increase access to resources (capital, talent, ideas) and equal access to a social support system we strengthen entrepreneurship, communities, and economies. Thank you for being with us!
One of the reasons we created this video is to share knowledge about impact and innovation. We focus on bottom up approaches for creating social change. This means that most of the work takes place at grassroots level. The idea is to demystify “social innovation” or “social entrepreneurship” by sharing the stories of how individuals or organizations are changing things in their local communities.