Venture Cafe Thursday Gathering Programming: Presenter On-boarding
We're excited to have you bring your ideas, expertise and session to Venture Cafe Winston-Salem's Thursday Gathering. Please fill out this form after you have confirmed the content, date and time for your program with the Venture Cafe Winston-Salem Program Director.


- Events are NOT about selling. Presenting at Venture Café allows you to showcase you and your business as a thought leader in our community. Don’t make the event about you, your company, or product: instead, make it about a hot topic or problem in need of solving and the opportunities for innovation around it.

- Events are ALWAYS free and 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.


- All events will be screened for appropriateness - mission, capacity, and calendar.

- After submitting the request, Venture Café programming staff will respond back to you to communicate if the event request has been accepted.

- Typical review and approval turnaround time is up to 1.5 weeks.

- Please note our space books up fast! We recommend submitting a request at least 6 WEEKS in advance of your proposed session date.

Presentation blocks are 50 minutes; traditionally a 35-40 presentation followed by a 10-15 minutes Q&A.

Email address *
Phone *
First and Last Name of Person of Contact (Include special title: ex. Dr.) *
Mailing Address (Include City, State, Zip) *
Have you been confirmed for a presentation date/time with the VCWS Program Director? *
If you have been confirmed, please select the date of your presentation.
If you have not been confirmed, please provide date for Thursday Evening that you are available from 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Social Media Accounts You Would Like Us to Tag
What are 3 Things/ Points That The Audience Will Take Away at the End of Your Presentation? *
I understand the guidelines for Venture Cafe; no sales of products or services are allowed at our events. (Please initial) *
Title of Session: please try to keep it short, descriptive and engaging. *
Short description of your session so guests can get excited about coming: This is your chance to get guests intrigued with your topic. Focus on what your event is and what it offers to Thursday Gathering guests. Panelists and speakers should be identified here. *Please keep to one paragraph and no more than 80 words. *
Type of Presentation *
If panel, please list all members of the panel in your description (include name, title and organization).
Name of the organization, company, or group hosting the presentation. *
Type of Presentation Tool You will Use *
Type of Room Setup Preferred (We will do our best to accommodate, but rooms and space are limited.) *
DEMOGRAPHICS: Help us understand who is presenting at the Venture Cafe Gatherings. As a non-profit, this is very important information for us to continue to seek funding. Please fill out the following information for the Person of Contact. Is there more than one presenter/speaker in your session? (If yes, you will be contacted by email for team/panel demographics) *
What gender is/are represented by the presenter? *
What ethnicity(s) is/are represented by the presenter?
Do you consider your organization to be a startup?
Please provide a logo (if applicable- Square-shaped logo preferred, of possible) *
Please provide a headshot of the presenter
With what industry does your organization primarily identify? *
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