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Venture Café began in 2009 as an experiment by the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) to test a simple hypothesis: if we bring together innovators and entrepreneurs to engage in spontaneous conversations and semi-curated programming, they’ll come up with never-before-imagined innovations to make the world a better place and generate economic growth. And, it’s working. Check out our full global story.

Please join us wherever and whenever you can! In town for a visit? Join us at the Venture Café Thursday Gathering. 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.

As 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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Rotterdam 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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Launched 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 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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