CIVIC INNOVATION HALLS

 

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district-hall_interior1_photo-credit-gustav-hoiland-flagship-photo-2In each community, Venture Café operates (or will soon operate!) a dedicated civic innovation hall, as a physical gathering space to help foster and sustain an innovation community and exchange ideas. The goal is create a place for all to connect, with no barriers to entry.

They key features and characteristics include: (1) a venue to support innovation meetings and events in a region; (2) a flexible environment of rentable conference rooms, open collaborative areas, and restaurant and café space; (3) a unique space defined by its civic nature and public purpose to advance innovative solutions and serve as a gathering space for entrepreneurs and innovators across sectors, from government to corporate to nonprofit to educators; (4) a regional amenity that is a hub for gatherings and events that trigger creativity, motivate entrepreneurship, catalyze action, expand interdisciplinary collaboration, solve problems, and create the relationships that drive the innovation economy in a region forward.


District Hall - Assembly (1)District Hall
in Boston, located in the rapidly growing Seaport neighborhood, was the pioneer of this type of unique environment for connecting innovators. District Hall was created in partnership with the City of Boston and Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), and is operated by Venture Café Foundation. In its first year, District Hall hosted over 550 events and reached 25,000 people, growing to over 850 events and 50,000 people in 2016.  Annually, District Hall sponsors $1M space value for the local innovation community. Thanks to close collaboration and shared learnings with District Hall and Venture Café Foundation (Boston/Cambridge), Venture Café St. Louis will soon hit the ground running with Innovation Hall, and quickly make it the premier space for innovators to connect and build their community.