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Get deeper insights on trends and opportunities from Venture Café locations all around the world via our Innovation Wrapped monthly newsletter. This exclusive content will ensure you are truly plugged into our global network all the way from Phoenix, to Warsaw, to Tokyo!
The Venturer Roundtable offers entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to engage in focused discussions on business building topics, led by industry experts and experienced founders. Learn more here.
This full day experience will kick off Rhode Island Startup Week. The Innovation Crawl is an exclusive event that will bring you around the State so you can get a behind the scenes look at the most innovative businesses and organizations in Rhode Island! Check out last year's crawl here!
Supporters will have access to an exclusive beverage option, brewed just for you! These custom designed cans are sure to set you apart in the crowd.
You will be thanked through digital and printed media. You will also get our Venture mark on your nametag when you come to Venture Café.
That LinkedIn profile picture need updating? All Venturer Supporters will be invited to get their headshot taken once per month by a professional photographer at CIC Providence.
These features will enhance your Venture Cafe experience and include matchmaking, mobile apps, and more.
30% Discount on Select Harvard Online Certificate Courses
50% Discount for Francis Budgeting Tool
Up to 30% Discount on Hubspot Software
Mockplus Free UI Design Tool
20% off Operation-All Administrative Consulting
15% off Recruitomics Biotech Talent Management Solutions
Up to 40% Discount on Home and Office Goods at Wayfair
Free Yes Yes Know User Experience (UX) Consultation
$30 off Innovation Women Annual Membership

WHY WE STARTED THE VENTURER PROGRAM

Since our inception in 2009, Venture Café has become a central Innovation Ecosystem Activator. Our flagship program, the Thursday Gathering, brings together diverse minds, startups, and industry leaders every single week. We thrive off of the spirit of collaboration and believe innovation is for everyone.

By becoming a Supporter, you’re actively supporting our mission and enabling us to keep the weekly Thursday Gatherings free and open to the public. We’re taking you along for the ride as we expand our global reach and deepen the connections in our communities.

As a Supporter, you’ll stay up to date on new initiatives and gain access to exclusive opportunities. You will play a vital role in this collaborative process, and your feedback will guide us as we shape the future of Venture Café!

ARE VENTURE CAFÉ’S THURSDAY GATHERINGS STILL FREE TO JOIN?

Thursday Gatherings will remain free to join and attend without becoming a Supporter. As an attendee you’ll still have access to Thursday Gatherings around the world, program sessions, and two complimentary drinks.

By becoming a Supporter, you’ll get access to the additional benefits listed above while supporting Venture Café’s mission and expansion.

THE VISIONARIES SHAPING THE FUTURE WITH US
Supporters are the generous members who power our community. We're proud to recognize them and shout out their contributions!
Adam Fischer      Alexandra Avedisian      Aristotle Anderson      Bruce ブルース ヘケト      Caitlyn Villari      Caroline Humphrey      Podium Law      Alex Cheung      CMQ      Chris Parisi (Trailblaze)      Cyrus Freshman      Dan Gertrudes      Emmi Dolph      Erik Modahl      Eve Francazio      Greer Yoder      Hannah Hallett      Hex Guertin      Hytham Bakir      Jane Smith      Jack Flynn      james cabral      Joe St.Germain      Julia Tate      Kei Tsuda      Kate Moore      Kevin Wiant      Kristen Plymale      Murat Terzi      Narath Carlile      Jay P      Pepe Lopez      Philip DiMuro      Philip Greenwald      Alexander Philippides      Michael Quan      Reilly Kons      Robin Gane-McCalla      Sam Rowe

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to be a Supporter to join Venture Café’s Thursday Gathering?

Thursday Gatherings will always be free for every member of our community and beyond. We believe that innovation is for everyone , and freely accessible Thursday Gatherings are a vital part of Ecosystem Activation.

For more support and feedback on your Supporter account, please visit our Venturer Support Page.

 

How is Venture Café Providence Structured and Funded?

VCGI, legally the “CIC Venture Cafe Global Institute”, is structured as a Delaware public benefit corporation (PBC) which reinvests all of its income in its mission. It was founded by Tim Rowe and incubated by Cambridge Innovation Center (a global operator of shared workspaces for innovators it calls innovation campuses). Later, it was spun out as a separate organization. CIC remains a close strategic partner and sponsor, including donation space for events within its locations.

Each Venture Café is typically funded by leading innovation players in its location: universities, consortia, governmental agencies, and operators of innovation-focused buildings and districts. Individual cafes may either be directly owned and operated by Venture Café Global Institute (VCGI), as is the case with Venture Café Providence, or may be a licensee operating under VCGI guidelines and frameworks. Funding for Venture Café Providence primarily consists of a mix of sponsorships and grants, which remain a key priority of Venture Café Providence however these can be prone to fluctuations in economic condition.

Is my Supporter Contribution Considered Tax Deductible?

No, contributions to a public benefit corporation are not considered tax deductible. Please let us know via the feedback form if this is important to you.