Change Providence from within.


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 Providence is part of a global network that seeks to further the local innovation ecosystem. Our mission is to “connect innovators to make things happen” through high-impact programming, spaces, storytelling, and broad innovation engagement.
Connect with other innovators & attend our virtual and in-person events.
Learn from like minded-, inspiring people as well as industry experts in their fields.
Help strengthen Providence’s innovation community by sharing your knowledge and story.
Global network
Venture Café Providence is part of the growing Venture Café global network – and that means you are, too!
Industry Agnostic
Innovation happens at the intersections of industries and disciplines, that’s why every week we convene the entire ecosystem.
Innovation is for Everyone
Venture Café Providence is dedicated to making innovation ecosystems more equitable and creating pathways for everyone to take part in innovation.

Venture Café CIC

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.

What you are doing is creating an intentional collision and saying hold on a second, let me introduce some other folks and other potential end users. Because I think in the innovation space you tend to lean towards what you know not recognizing that there’s an entire community of people who have needs that your technology can be a solution to.
Adriana Dawson
Director of Community Engagement, Verizon

Venture Café is part of a global network – and that means you are, too!

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!