Our Ethos

The mission of CIC And Venture Café Global Institute (operator of Venture Café Miami) is to connect innovators to make things happen. Through a localized approach, Venture Café Miami accelerates and enhances the innovation process in cities around the world. With high-touch programming, spaces, storytelling, and broad innovation engagement, Venture Café Miami provides the connective tissue to uncover and link various parts of an innovation ecosystem, amplifying the work of partners and convening the local community in cities where we operate.

As part of our mission to connect the innovation community, we seek to provide safe, supportive and constructive environments for conversations and meaningful connections.

Terms and Conditions

These are the terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”) that govern the relationship between you (“you”, “your(s)”) and CIC And Venture Café Global Institute of One Broadway, 14th Floor, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA (“we”, “our”, “us”, “Venture Café Miami“, “VCM”) in relation to your participation at any meeting or event promoted, sanctioned or organized by us (an “Event“) as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.

The Terms and Conditions shall be made available on our website, and you agree to be bound by them as well as our Community Credo which is available here and posted publicly at the majority of our events.

1.   Observe the platinum rule. Treat others as they would like to be treated.

Contribute in a positive, valuable way. Respect the social norms of conversation and engagement, respecting others’ desires to interact, or not interact, based on the context of the situation. Be honest and straightforward in all dealings. Make yourself comfortable and be kind to others. Our open, friendly atmosphere is exemplified by our community.

2.   We are NOT a platform for hard selling.

Innovation is about top level thinking, not bottom line outcomes. Focus on building relationships that will last. It’s okay to say what you do, but don’t sell. Initiate and cultivate meaningful connections rather than pitching your product or service. If it feels like selling, it probably is.

Due to its 501(c)(3) designation, VCM expressly declines to host events that are political in nature, including but not limited to events that “participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”  Additionally, VCM reserves the right to, at its discretion, decline to host events that are designed to solicit for any action, or specifically, to recruit or otherwise collectively organize individuals relative to political issue, which would be in contravention to our above referenced Community Credo (which is available here) and governing programming guidelines.

3.   Respect the space and the people around you.

VCM provides meeting, collaboration and sometimes workspace to the public at our sites. All are welcome at VCM.  Please respect this community events and space — clean up after yourself, dispose of all trash, and keep noise at a moderate level.  Treat all individuals with respect while utilizing VCM sites and programs, including refraining from unwelcome interactions or harassment or defamation of their work. Please refrain from using any device to make an audio and/or visual recording, transmission, or broadcast of any Event.

4.   Be an active participant in our community.

Challenge yourself to think outside of your norms and grow. Be willing to provide constructive feedback and share your ideas.We rely on our community to contribute and  make the organization what it is. Please join us and share the love with a little creativity and collaboration! We constantly try new things to improve your interactive experience in this unique space.

5. Protecting IP

You may hear from and share ideas and materials with fellow participants at VCM so please respect the work of others.  Your participation shall not excuse you from following the laws regarding intellectual property including the copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual property or proprietary rights in the work of your fellow participants and of any third-party.  VCM does not condone or support intellectual property infringement and our hosting of the VCM does not signify our intention to induce, cause or materially contribute to any infringement.  Your use of and reliance upon any information, ideas or materials learned at the Venture Café is at your own risk and VCM makes no representations or warranties with respect to any of them.  You acknowledge that any material provided by VCM at an Event shall belong to us, including without limitation any intellectual property pertaining to such materials.

6.   Connect responsibly.

Behave professionally. All Events should be considered community gatherings, not bars (when alcohol is served). If you wouldn’t do it in your office, don’t do it here. Communications of an unwelcomed, harassing, or sexual nature are not appropriate.  All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds.


7.   Foster Inclusivity. Keep VCM spaces free of harassment.

Great minds may think alike, but it will take diverse minds to change the world.  We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free and welcoming experience for everyone, regardless of and not limited to gender identity or gender expression, sex or sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, color, national origin, age, military service, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment in any form.  Please respect everyone’s background and comfort level. The following behavior and language is considered unacceptable whether at an Event or ancillary to such Event (including without limitation in respect of social media posts):

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, classist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes, inappropriate touching, groping, and un-welcomed sexual advances.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following (online or in person).
  • Sustained disruption of community events or our sites, including talks and presentations.
  • Making other guests and participants feel uncomfortable, threatened, or otherwise unwelcome in the space.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

8. Photography

You authorize us to make use of any photographs, likenesses, films, broadcasts, cablecasts, audiotapes, taken of the event and of participant(s) while at VCM in any way we see fit for the promotion, coverage or benefit of the event, without compensation, so long as our use neither jeopardizes nor endorses a specific product or service, and hereby expressly and irrevocably waive and release any rights in connection with such use, including any claim to invasion of privacy, right of publicity or to misappropriation.  This consent shall continue in perpetuity and shall not be unilaterally revoked absent acceptance of the same in writing by Venture Cafe Miami, approval for which may be withheld without reason.

9. Health and Safety

Please comply with the applicable health and safety rules of the Event premises.

Our Rights and Protections

We are here to keep this a comfortable and safe place for all. To support VCM’s mission to enable productive conversations and to act as a community hub, we reserve the right to decline to host any event, disinvite or remove any individual that VCM management feels, in their sole judgment, acts in a manner contrary to these Terms and Conditions. We reserve our rights in law to take further action against such behavior.

You shall defend, indemnify and hold us (including all successors, assigns and group companies of Venture Café Miami and its affiliates (including without limitation, Venture Café Global Institute)  harmless from any claim brought by a fellow participant or third party in respect of possible infringement of such party’s intellectual property.

You shall defend, indemnify and hold us (including all successors, assigns and group companies of Venture Café Miami and its affiliates (including without limitation, Venture Café Global Institute)  harmless from any claim brought by you or a third party in connection with these Terms and Conditions, including but not limited to an alleged violation of  this agreement.

You shall waive all liability against us (including all successors, assigns and group companies of Venture Café Miami and its Venture Cafe affiliates (including without limitation, Venture Café Global Institute) for any loss incurred by you whilst you are at or in connection with an Event including without limitation any loss suffered as a result of personal injury or death (save for as a result of our fraud or negligence) or any alleged violation of this agreement by you. In any event, the maximum liability of us (including all successors, assigns and group companies of Venture Café Miami and its Venture Cafe affiliates (including without limitation, Venture Café Global Institute) to you shall always be capped at $50 per claim.

Your Protections 

It is our sincere goal that you feel safe in and enjoy the spaces, programs, and conversations hosted by Venture Café. If you find yourself in or witness a situation in which you are feeling uncomfortable or threatened, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. We are here to support our community, and will do everything within our power to do so. We ask that if you have any concerns you please let us know – we want to be here to support every member of our community, and also rely heavily on community feedback in order to constantly improve the way we operate and facilitate our mission and values.

Please refer to Annex 1 as to how to report a violation.


These Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and us in respect of your attendance at the Event, and it shall be governed by and construed in accordance with United States law and both parties irrevocably submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of Miami, Florida in Miami-Dade County in relation to any matters arising out of or in connection with this Agreement.

You acknowledge and agree that the Venture Café Miami parties referred to in the section entitled “Our Rights and Protections” shall be deemed third party beneficiaries under these Terms and Conditions.




Annex 1 – Reporting a violation of the Terms and Conditions for Venture Café Miami

We have listed ways to report a violation, reach out to our staff, and other local resources below:

Reporting a violation of the Terms and Conditions at an Event

We recommend that you first contact your event organizer. If you don’t feel comfortable doing so, please see a member of Venture Café Miami staff at the Event, contact us directly via the email addresses below.

Suggested Email Template for Incident / Harassment Reporting:

SUBJECT: Safe Space alert at [EVENT NAME]

I am writing because of incident / harassment at a Venture Café Miami event, (NAME, DATE OF EVENT).

You can reach me at (CONTACT INFO). Thank you.

Should any community member makes you uncomfortable or fail to comply with these Terms and Conditions, please alert VCM staff immediately using the contact information set forth below.

Venture Café Miami Contact Information: