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Community credo

Our Philosophy for Catalyzing Connectivity

We’re in the business of breaking down silos and firmly believe that the best place to start is to create spaces and places to meaningfully connect innovators to make things happen. Venture Café Miami’s #ThursdayGathering serves as the largest weekly convening of  entrepreneurial, engaged, and creative innovators in South Florida. The #ThursdayGathering supports Venture Café Miami’s mission of working collaboratively to make our innovation community more inclusive, diverse, accessible and better connected. Attendees expected to participate in a manner consistent with our Community Credo:

Make Yourself At Home. Be welcoming and friendly and please help keep the space tidy.

Contribute in a positive way that creates a safe and respectful community. Respect the social norms of conversation and professional engagement.  Respect others’ desire to interact, or not, based on the context of the situation.

Become an active participant in our experiment. Challenge yourself to think outside of your norms and grow. Be willing to provide constructive feedback and share your ideas.

Attend with a mind of inquiry. Learn about other guests’ projects, explore new perspectives, consider the absurd.  Ask yourself how can I help?

You are part of this community, help build it. Participate. Spread the word. Invite new faces.  Share your expertise and present.

Foster inclusivity. Great minds may think aline, but it will take diverse minds to change the world.  This community thrives because we welcome participants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, religion, national origin, age, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or disability.

We are NOT a venue for hard selling. Innovation is about top level thinking, not bottom line outcomes. Focus on building relationships that will last.

Connect responsibly and respectfully. We are not a bar, this is not a happy hour.  If you think it is, you are in the wrong place. Remember, we will serve you up to 3 drinks, so don’t ask for a 4th.

Get involved. There are so many ways to help make the #ThursdayGathering grow and better serve as a reflection of South Florida’s growing innovation community.  Share the love with a little creativity and collaboration  – join us!


To support the Venture Café’s mission to enable fresh and useful conversations and to act as a community hub, Venture Café reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission or infringes on the above credo.We see this as a living document and welcome comments on this, our expression of the Venture Café philosophy.