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Venture Café is a reflection of the diverse, talented, fun, and inquisitive Miami innovation community.  Our Thursday Gatherings provide high-impact events and educational programming designed to create intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals, investors, students, and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships.  Our goal is to provide our community with new, exciting, thought-provoking events to fuel conversation at Venture Café. We want ideas that help people understand innovation on a broader and more applicable level. Events should inject new ideas and perspectives into the conversation and enrich our thinking.

Events are NOT about selling services.  It is important that at the end of each session, guests leave with information they are able to apply without follow up. Hosting an event at The Venture Café Thursday Gathering allows you to showcase you and your business or organization as a thought leader in our community- share the knowledge and contribute to advancing our innovation economy. Events are ALWAYS open to the public.  Events can be targeted to specific groups, however any and all guests will be encouraged to attend the event. Events are INTERESTING. We like out-of-the-box thinking. Unusual events typically yield the best results and amazing collisions.  Events at the Venture Café Gathering often fall into six main categories:

  • LEARN: a lecture, panel discussion, or talk, or pitch session focused on providing substantive insights, learnings, lessons and a platform for sharing ideas.
  • ENGAGE: workshops, charrettes, design thinking exercises, hackathons, community conversations and all manner of interactive opportunities to collaborate, exchange ideas and learn from each other.
  • CONNECT: the serendipitous collisions that occur when you informally chat with another Café-goer.  No programming, no pressure.  Just talk and see what happens.
  • PLAY: experiential, fun activities that invite creativity into our busy lives and allow us to approach our civic, business or innovation challenges with a fresh, new perspective.  Think playtime or art class for grown-ups.
  • DEVELOP: one-on-one coaching or advising or mentoring services offered by investors, experienced industry leaders or contributing organizations through our Office Hours program.  Attendees must pre-register for Office Hours.
  • SHARE: Info tables featuring information about innovation community organizations, service providers, upcoming events, or conferences.

So, are you ready to contribute content at the #ThursdayGathering?