The Venture Café Foundation (VCF) provides resources for the entrepreneurial and innovation communities that enable conversations and collaborations. The Venture Café Foundation presently runs four resource programs:
- Venture Café – A weekly conversation forum held at the 5th Floor café of the Cambridge Innovation Center on Thursday evenings (see more details below)
- District Hall – A hub for the innovation community to meet and exchange ideas in Boston Seaport Innovation District, including a range of meetings rooms and open lounge space
- Mass Bay Innovation Alliance (MBIA) – Connects innovation players worldwide to the Massachusetts ecosystem by organizing visits to innovation-related institutions
- Captains of Innovation Program – Helps companies envision the future of your industry and connect with Greater Boston’s startups to achieve that vision.
The Venture Café Foundation is a not-for-profit, public-purpose sister organization of the Cambridge Innovation Center. VCF is incorporated as a Massachusetts Not-for-Profit Corporation.
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The weekly Venture Café serves as a physical nexus for helping innovators and entrepreneurs find one another and collaborate to bring their dreams to reality. These Thursday evening gatherings provide a space for conversations and scheduled programs to inspire a wide range of attendees from around the world to connect.
Even in this digital world, it’s important to have a physical space. Shared physical spaces provide common meeting ground and a forum for semi-serendipitous encounters that often foster brainstorming and drive creativity. Meeting in person establishes the trust that’s so crucial to working together, particularly on risky, underfunded projects. The Venture Café can provide the framework upon which numerous experimental “applications” can be nurtured and launched.
Guests: Open to all members of the innovation community for up to three visits.
Affiliates: Visiting privileges will be extended to members of select innovation-focused partner organizations while they remain in good standing with their respective organization (Boston World Partnerships (connectors), C3, CIC, CommonAngels, Critical Mass, Dogpatch Labs, Greentown Labs, Mass Challenge (finalists and mentors), TechStars etc). Affiliate codes are available at the sign-in kiosk.
Contributors: After three visits, individuals must be approved as Contributors in order to attend the Café. Note: Applicants must also provide up to three references (these may be Venture Café Volunteers or well-known members of the innovation community).
The Venture Café is held every Thursday on the 5th floor of the Cambridge Innovation Center at One Broadway in Kendall Square. The Venture Café is also open for special events. Please see our calendar for opening times. Entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, developers, designers and other members of the Boston startup community drop in to chat about what they’re working on.
Venture Café from its very beginnings has welcomed participants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or disability. Venture Café reserves the right to refuse admission at our discretion.