Conceived with the founding support of Cambridge Innovation Center, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and the I-195 Redevelopment District, Venture Café Providence along with its civic innovation center District Hall Providence leverages high-touch programming, spaces, storytelling, and broad innovation engagement to hold over 200 events, 900 sessions, and welcoming over 10,000 attendees.
Venture Café Providence is a program of Innovation Studio whose mission is to democratize innovation by cultivating relationships and providing resources for anyone to successfully launch and grow a business. Innovation Studio also operates District Hall Providence, Venture Café Cambridge, District Hall Boston, and Roxbury Innovation Center with free programs and collaborative spaces, creating impactful and inclusive pathways to business and economic development.
We envision a world in which anyone can be an innovator.
Venture Café began as a simple idea within the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Massachusetts. A longtime global leader in building innovation campuses and shared workspaces, CIC began evolving from its concept of physical spaces to one of greater meaningful community in 2009. This new iteration grew into a global movement known for its entrepreneurial resources and inclusivity. Today, Venture Café Global Institute – now its own enterprise – expands to new cities on its own as well as alongside other CIC ventures.
Venture Café Providence is part of the growing Venture Café global network – and that means you are, too! Through our collaborations in cities from Tokyo to Warsaw to Rotterdam, we’ll connect you with change-makers and resources to help you expand innovation both locally and globally. Together, let’s ignite creativity and catalyze action to solve humankind’s challenges while meaningfully supporting entrepreneurs and innovators, many of whom have traditionally been underserved. Check out the benefits of worldwide collaboration!