Venture Café is a global movement working to build stronger and more inclusive innovation ecosystems that accelerate and enhance the innovation process, in cities around the world.

It does this through its use of programming, space, storytelling, and broad innovation engagement. Every Thursday, Venture Cafe hosts a free gathering at CIC @ 4240 on Cortex campus from 3pm-8pm open to anyone.

Venture Cafe St. Louis believes innovation is a process to improve the human condition. That the focus should not just be about making apps.

The real challenges facing the human condition require innovative solutions. There is room for innovation in education, the arts, government services, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, social enterprise, and many other sectors.

Venture Cafe St. Louis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a mission to support the innovation community.

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Venture Café Articles

Startups Are About Operational Innovation, Not Just Tech

General Assembly Opens in St. Louis

Innovation City Podcast Celebrates 120 Episodes, Counts Down Top 20 of All Time

Paradowski Creative Will Launch St. Louis Chapter of the VR/AR Association this Thursday

Celebrate 5 Years Of Venture Café St. Louis In One Night

Finalists for Cortex Garage Artwork to Present Initial Concepts Tomorrow at Venture Cafe

Event Today: EQ Leadership Dojo Discusses the Role of Thought Leaders

EQ Leadership Dojo Examines the Role of Influence in Leadership

What if St. Louis Addressed the Tech Talent Shortage Better Than Any Other City?

New Event Series: First EQ Leadership Dojo Today; 3:30pm at Venture Café

A White Lie At Venture Cafe’s Thursday Gathering Led to a White Wedding at Innovation Hall

Dollar sign fundraising

Last Year, Support Organizations Collectively Found Over $8.3M (At Least) in New Funding for the Ecosystem

On Kauffman: “Let the Entrepreneurial Mindset of America’s Founding Inspire Us Again”

Innovation Hall to Open Doors to the Public at Kinesis Afterparty

Venture Cafe Launches EdHub Fellowship

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St. Louis’ SLAM! Agency Opens Office In Miami CIC

39 North Plant Science Innovation District Plays Home to St. Louis’ Booming AgTech Sector

Accenture NXT@4240

Venture Cafe and Accenture Host NXT@4240 Event

Mayoral Town Hall

St. Louis Mayoral Tech Town Hall Brings Candidates to Venture Cafe

Dennis Lower Cortex Headshot

Cortex Shifts Focus: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 3, 2010-2016

A College Startup: SLU’s Student Experience in Entrepreneurship

Inaugural Venture Cafe Night: No Ceilings

Jamie Corley The Bridge

TheBridge Is Linking D.C. and Silicon Valley’s Biggest Minds

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Venture Café Expands Programming to 39 North and LaunchCode Mentor Center

Tyler Matthews

Venture Café St. Louis Announces New Executive Director

Mastercard Venture Cafe

Mastercard hosts NXT@4240: Celebrating Women in Tech and in Business

Travis Sheridan Venture Cafe

Interview: Travis Sheridan on Venture Café’s Global Expansion, Innovation’s Role in Social Justice Movements

What is Beef and a Toast?

What to Expect at Tonight’s NXT@4240 Event at Venture Café

Chamillionaire and Mark Suster Visit STL and Talk Tech Startups, Investing & Snapchat

What You Need to Know About Cortex Commons This Season

Square Hosts Grand Opening of New Office in Cortex

Global VR/AR Association Launches in St. Louis

Cultivation Capital Creates a New Fund to Focus on FinTech Startups

A Year in Review: Cortex’s 6 Biggest Moments of 2015

St. Louis Cited As An Example of “The Right Way to Build a Tech City.”

Disrupting Global Business with Gary Kellmann

What’s Next For St. Louis With Travis Sheridan

St Louis Innovation District

Feature: A Tale of Two Districts

What’s Next for Venture Cafe: Looking Back and Looking Ahead After 1 Year

4 Ways To Start Your Career In Startups

3 Questions for Rebecca Kalogeris of Pragmatic Marketing

6 People You Might Meet At The Venture Café Gatherings