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Local + Global

Part of our secret sauce is that we are deeply embedded in the local Philadelphia community and we have a strong, broad global network.

Venture Café Philadelphia is powered the University City Science Center in partnership the Venture Café Global Institute. When opening its seventh site, the Global Institute partnered with the University City Science Center because of its 55 year legacy of fostering entrepreneurship to bring Venture Café to Philadelphia. 

We are LOCALLY powered by the University City Science Center.

Located in the heart of uCity Square, the University City Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit organization that catalyzes and connects innovation to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. The Science Center is a nucleus for innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization. The thinkers, doers, and entrepreneurs who walk our halls and fill our labs are at the core of the Science Center and bring to life the ideas that will revolutionize our collective future.” 

The Science Center is the home of Quorum, the central gathering space for the Greater Philadelphia region’s innovation ecosystem. Launched in 2011, Quorum enables idea generators to meet, share, and learn. The first floor drop-in lounge at 3675 is an open community space to gather and for special events and there is event space available for rent as well. 

Along with Venture Cafe, the Science Center and Quorum host a multitude of signature events that are free and open to the public.

Venture Café is a GLOBAL organization.

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.