Our goal is to provide our community with new, exciting, thought provoking events to fuel the conversation at The Venture Café. We want ideas that help people understand innovation on a broader and more applicable level. Events should inject new ideas and perspectives into the conversation and enrich our thinking.
Events are ALWAYS open to the public. Events can be targeted to specific groups, however any and all guests will be encouraged to attend the event.
Events are INTERESTING. We like out-of-the-box thinking. Unusual events typically yield the best results and amazing collisions. Events at the Venture Cafe Gathering often fall into six main categories: Learn, Engage, Connect, Play, Develop and Share.
LEARN: a lecture, panel discussion, or talk, or pitch session focused on providing substantive insights, learnings, lessons and a platform for sharing ideas.
ENGAGE: workshops, charrettes, design thinking exercises, hackathons, community conversations and all manner of interactive opportunities to collaborate, exchange ideas and learn from each other.
CONNECT: the serendipitous collisions that occur when you informally chat with another cafe-goer. No programming, no pressure. Just talk and see what happens.
PLAY: experiential, fun activities that invite creativity into our busy lives and allow us to approach our civic, business or innovation challenges with a fresh, new perspective. Think playtime or art class for grown ups.
DEVELOP: one-on-one coaching or advising or mentoring services offered by investors, experienced industry leaders or contributing organizations through our Office Hours program. Attendees must pre-register for Office Hours.
SHARE: Info tables featuring information about innovation community organizations, service providers, upcoming events, or conferences.