Every Innovation Ecosystem–no matter the size–needs an activator that creates movement. Someone creating connections as well as stimulates cross-functional collaborations. Someone that addresses the social part of innovation. Through our years of first-hand experience as an Innovation Ecosystem Activator, we have perfected our method to effectively maximize the impact of any ecosystem as a whole.

Venture Café believes that Isolation is the enemy of innovation and our mission is clear: Connect innovators to make things happen. We are a neutral and trusted center of gravity that connects the entire ecosystem and is available to everyone. Through our programs we routinely activate ecosystems, creating continuous exchange and conversation.



Building effective and impactful innovation ecosystems is an ongoing process that takes a lot of love and care. Venture Café brings together the entire innovation ecosystem weekly at our flagship program the Thursday Gathering. When connecting people, it’s so much more than just networking. It’s about fostering the right culture for support and cross-functional collaborations. Something requiring unique insights to achieve.

In our neutral and central position we form an understanding of the whole ecosystem that we constantly apply to improve the experience we provide. Knowing our community and the goals of the ecosystem allows us to naturally create the most impactful connections.

Our locations gather over 100,000 visionaries and lifelong learners each year to build strong, inclusive, equitable innovation ecosystems in cities throughout the world. We provide the network, the topical programming, the storytelling opportunities, the learning environments and the supporting resources, to create something great locally and that has impact globally.

VCGI seeks to activate innovation ecosystems all around the world. Our mission is to “connect innovators to make things happen” through high-impact programming, spaces, storytelling, and broad innovation engagement.
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Global network
VCGI has a global network – and that means you do 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
VCGI is dedicated to making innovation ecosystems more equitable and creating pathways for everyone to take part in innovation.
An Innovation Ecosystem Activator (or activator for short) maximizes the impact in Innovation Ecosystems by addressing the social part of innovation. They create movement, connect the whole innovation ecosystem and stimulate cross-functional collaboration.

They make sure that the visions for ecosystems are being effectively realized by increased participation, while supporting the individuals in said ecosystem to realize their own goals, creating balance between autonomy and collaboration.

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.

"We love spending time at Venture Café’s Thursday Gathering because of the level of people that come here. All the people that come here have a goal and have a willingness to share, whatever it is; contacts, information and tips & tricks. From every Venture Café I’ve been to, I’ve taken something home with me that made Skoon or myself personally better."
Peter Paul van Voorst tot Voorst
Founder, Skoon

Venture Café has a global network – and that means you do too!

VCGI has a global network – and that means you do too! Through our collaborations in cities from Tokyo to Warsaw to Boston, 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!