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Community credo

Let’s all get along.

The Venture Café Credo is not a list of suggestions; these are simply the rules of engagement. You behave in accordance with the Credo and we all win.

DO: Make yourself at home

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

DO: Contribute in a positive way that creates a safe and respectful community

Tip: Respect the social norms of conversation and professional engagement. Respect others’ desire to interact, or not, based on the context of the situation.

DO: Become an active participant in our experiment

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

DO: Attend with a mind of inquiry

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

DO: You are part of this community, help build it

Tip: Participate, spread the word, invite new faces, share your expertise and present.

DO: Connect responsibly and respectfully

Tip: We are not a bar, this is not a happy hour. If you think it is, you are in the wrong place. Remember, we’ll serve you up to 3 drinks, don’t ask for a 4th.

DO: Foster inclusivity

Tip: Great minds may think alike but it will take diverse minds to change the world. The community thrives because we welcome participants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, religion, national origin, age, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or disability.

DON’T: Hard sell

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

Imagine the best environment possible…and make it happen. Venture Cafe is a safe place – safe to try, safe to fail, safe to learn, safe to grow and safe to connect.

Get involved. There are so many ways to help make the #ThursdayGathering grow and better serve as a reflection of our growing innovation community.  Share the love with a little creativity and collaboration  – join us!


To support the Venture Café mission to enable fresh and useful conversations and to act as a community hub, Venture Café reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission or infringes on the above credo.We see this as a living document and welcome comments on this, our expression of the Venture Café philosophy.