IGNITING INNOVATION
Venture Café's Global 2023 Impact Report

VENTURE CAFÉ IS A WORLDWIDE MOVEMENT

OPENING WORDS BY FOUNDER, TIMOTHY ROWE

I believe we all share a view that the world faces many challenges. I believe we also share a view that there are relatively few obvious avenues to fix these problems, but that one avenue, arguably the most promising avenue, that can address many… is innovation.

New, creative ideas implemented at scale have the power to solve global problems. New genetic technologies cure diseases. New energy technologies cleanly power our communities and farms. New ways to spread and share information and promote learning and understanding, and make everything around us operate more efficiently, with less waste.

Venture Café is, and has always been a place for people to come together and share solutions like this, to find like-minded individuals, and to open doors to make solutions and ideas like this have a better chance of seeing the light of day.

Past and present Venture Café participants have done all of these things. And these technologies move the needle.

Globally, we have empowered over 700K innovators, creatives, developers and civic-minded leaders for nearly 15 years in 17 cities around the world, building a global community of communities.

Once people get to know Venture Café, they quickly realize that it is a vital, needed component of any innovation ecosystem. I encourage you to discover why!

Timothy Rowe
Founder & Chair, Venture Café Global Institute

VENTURE CAFÉ 2023 AT A GLANCE

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VENTURE CAFÉ'S GLOBAL PROGRAMS
The 2023 Thursday Gathering programs reflected a need to rebuild connectedness in-and-across the cities we operate and accelerate the ‘time to innovation’ for those working to solving some of our most pressing global challenges.
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Thursday Gathering
Venture Café's Thursday Gathering is our flagship event. Globally we create a center of gravity for more than 1,500 innovators and entrepreneurs every week, where they come together to share ideas, get inspired and make connections.
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Connect Programs
Our connect programs meet the need for greater interregional cooperation, and works to enable integration between leaders from different regional innovation ecosystems across our local Venture Café operating regions.
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Innovation Bridge
Pre-landing startups, research and trade organizations into the heart of innovation ecosystems around the world. Innovation Bridge provides direct access for governments, institutions and companies into the global markets we operate.
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District Hall
District Hall is fostering strong, supportive, and accessible innovation communities. Our freely accessible spaces are open every weekday for people to come and work, connect, learn and share. We build, strengthen, and connect individuals and communities of innovators while expanding access to resources, programming, and networks.

INNOVATION. AMPLIFIED.

Venture Café is looking for strategic partners in cities across the globe interested in building stronger, more inclusive innovation ecosystems.

We are an out of the box solution that has been named by the Brookings Institute and Startup Genome as a best practice for activating innovation ecosystems. Venture Café is a community builder, an educational platform and a world class tool that engages and amplifies your innovation ecosystem.

Are you ready to hit the ground running? Our suite of systems and services will help you do just that. By teaming up with us, you’ll not only tap into our powerful brand equity and assets, but also gain access to our rapidly growing global network, top-notch training, and unparalleled knowledge-sharing resources. Together, we’ll engineer serendipity locally that creates impact globally. Our expertise + your market insights = change.

At Venture Café, we’re passionate about the transformative power of partnerships. As your long-term ally, we’ll help you maximize your community’s strengths and drive lasting impact in your city.

We’re building a global movement to change the world through innovation. Will you join us?

VENTURE CAFÉ LOCATIONS IN DEVELOPMENT

  • Fukuoka, Japan
  • Berlin, Germany
  • México City, México
  • Basel, Switzerland

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