Venture Café – connecting Innovators to make things happen.

Venture Café Global Institute (VCGI) is a global learning and innovation community powered by an environment where curious minds and novel technology can tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better world for all. Our café’s gather over 100,000 visionaries and lifelong learners each year to build strong, inclusive, equitable innovation ecosystems in cities throughout the world. We provide the network, the topical programming, the storytelling opportunities, the learning environments and the supporting resources, to create something great locally and that has impact globally.

Venture Café’s inclusive platform, featuring the Thursday Gathering, empowers individuals and organizations across the world to learn, connect and share solutions for lasting impact. We welcome innovators of every expertise, experience level and identity to our events and our physical and digital spaces as both participants and presenters. We intentionally collaborate with a wide range of moderators, educators and thinkers to lead our programs because the more diverserse the group of people engaged in innovation efforts, the bigger and more meaningful the local impact will be.

VCGI seeks to further the innovation ecosystem in nine communities around the world. Our mission is to “connect innovators to make things happen” through high-impact programming, spaces, storytelling, and broad innovation engagement.
Connect with other innovators & attend our virtual and in-person events.
Learn from like minded-, inspiring people as well as industry experts in their fields.
Help strengthen innovation communities by sharing your knowledge and story.
Global network
VCGI has a global network – and that means you do too!
Industry Agnostic
Innovation happens at the intersections of industries and disciplines, that’s why every week we convene the entire ecosystem.
Innovation is for Everyone
VCGI is dedicated to making innovation ecosystems more equitable and creating pathways for everyone to take part in innovation.

Venture Café CIC

Venture Café began as a simple idea within the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Massachusetts. A longtime global leader in building innovation campuses and shared workspaces, CIC began evolving from its concept of physical spaces to one of greater meaningful community in 2009. This new iteration grew into a global movement known for its entrepreneurial resources and inclusivity. Today, Venture Café Global Institute – now its own enterprise – expands to new cities on its own as well as alongside other CIC ventures.

"We love spending time at Venture Café’s Thursday Gathering because of the level of people that come here. All the people that come here have a goal and have a willingness to share, whatever it is; contacts, information and tips & tricks. From every Venture Café I’ve been to, I’ve taken something home with me that made Skoon or myself personally better."
Peter Paul van Voorst tot Voorst
Founder, Skoon

Venture Café has a global network – and that means you do too!

VCGI has a global network – and that means you do too! Through our collaborations in cities from Tokyo to Warsaw to Boston, we’ll connect you with change-makers and resources to help you expand innovation both locally and globally. Together, let’s ignite creativity and catalyze action to solve humankind’s challenges while meaningfully supporting entrepreneurs and innovators, many of whom have traditionally been underserved. Check out the benefits of worldwide collaboration!