Our Commitment to Sustainability

“Sustainable development calls for concerted efforts towards building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet.” *from the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Venture Café has heard the call…

We believe innovation is a process for improving the human condition; therefore, Venture Café can leverage innovation as a way to move the needle toward the UN SDGS locally and globally by promoting sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth, creating greater opportunities for all, reducing inequalities, raising basic standards of living, fostering equitable social development and inclusion, and promoting integrated and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems.

Define sustainability internally ✅

At Venture Cafe, we are committed to realizing the SDGs and convening people with purpose through:

Economic empowerment through programming, helping innovators work to end poverty through building businesses, hiring, and implementing sustainable business practices. Modeling sustainable operations such as reducing the use of plastics and waste, promoting sustainable procurement practices and environmental safety, aiming to inspire our community with our actions. Mobilizing local communities around SDG actions, encouraging behavior change and sustainable policies. Serving as a connector and educator for innovators to share their knowledge, ideas, and solutions to solve local and global challenges. Reframing the narrative of innovation’s purpose to include social and ecological responsibility.


Engage local sustainability experts ✅

Cooperation with Global Shapers (Tech 4 Climat), Global Compact Network, Virginia Little, Planet A Foundation.

Adopt less-waste policy ✅

No single use plastic, we don’t print program, virtual TG = zero waste.

Promote healthy (non-alcoholic) beverages ✅

Non-alco beer for diabetes (cooperation).

Define sustainability externally for the community ✅


  • Make yourself at home

Be welcoming and friendly… and help keep the place tidy. 

  • Be inclusive

The community thrives because we welcome participants without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or disability.

  • Be interested

Learn about other guests’ projects, explore new perspectives, consider the absurd. Ask yourself: how can I help?

  • Connect responsibly

We are not a bar, this is not a happy hour. If you’re here for that you are in the wrong place.

  • No hard sales!

Innovation is about top level thinking, not bottom line outcomes. Focus on building relationships that will last.

  • Have fun!

Challenge yourself to think outside of your norms and grow. Be willing to provide constructive feedback and share your ideas.

  • Be sustainable

Contribute to building a sustainable environment locally and promote the UN SDGs in conversation. Consider bringing your own cup or biking here!

Incorporate SDG in credo ✅


Invite local sustainability organizations for collaboration ✅

Global Shapers (Tech 4 Climat), Global Compact Network, Virginia Little, Planet A Foundation

Form sustainability leadership team ✅

Sustainability Global Team

Project connected with sustainability golas at every Thursday Gathering ✅

SDG event every quarter, Planet A summer academy.