Venture Café St. Louis operates three programs and will add additional programs in the future as the operation grows. Below are the three initial programs.
The Venture Café Thursday Gathering
This is a weekly event that attracts new and existing members of the innovation community. It is the foundation and lynchpin of the Venture Café program, contributing deeply to all other aspects of the organization’s work. The Weekly Gathering combines opportunities to network and a variety of high-impact educational sessions. Venture Café St. Louis, brings in over 530 people weekly. It is important to note that approximately 30% of the attendees are new each week, 20% attend occasionally, and 50% are frequent attendees. This mix allows for the events to remain fresh and exciting due to the new attendees and also allows for deep relationships and a strong community to be formed over time. Over the course of one year, there can be 25,000 attendees and nearly 500 educational sessions as part of the Thursday Gathering.
Venture Café Nights
Our new Café Nights expand our reach and connect with a broader audience.
Venture Café Night: No Ceilings
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, Venture Café Nights: No Ceilings brings a diverse group of entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators together to learn, mentor and support each other.
The focus is on applying innovation to civic and social issues in North City and beyond. Programming will specifically be curated to address the goals of the Promise Zone, Forward Through Ferguson and 100 Resilient Cities.
This program is made possible by the St. Louis Economic Development Corporation.
Venture Café Night: 39 North
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month, Venture Café Nights: 39 North unites entrepreneurs, scientists and innovators together to learn, mentor and support each other.
The focus is on facilitating discussions and connections within plant science and agricultural technology. Programming will be curated around a variety of topics from food and energy security to sustainability to big data and machine learning.
This program is made possible by Monsanto.