it takes a village



Have a crazy awesome superpower? Do you want to help strengthen Sydney’s innovation community?

There are a number of ways you can get involved with Venture Café.

Volunteer as an Ambassador

Thursdays don’t just happen on their own. Besides the Venture Café staff, a team of Ambassadors helps produce the magic each week. Make an impact in your community - express your interest.

Contribute as a Mentor

If you are a local business expert, consultant, or service provider, you’re the perfect fit to join our team of Venture Café Mentors - submit here.

Share as an Event Presenter

Do you have something compelling to share with our growing community of ideators and innovators? If you have a program event you would like to present, then we’d like to hear from you - submit here

Host a Demo or Info Table

If you’re a product-based company looking to test market or demo your products, or a nonprofit looking to share how you’re sparking innovation, then hosting a table may be a good fit - submit here.



We’re in the business of breaking down silos and firmly believe that the best place to start is to create spaces and places to meaningfully connect innovators to make things happen. The Thursday Gathering supports our mission of working collaboratively to make our innovation community more inclusive, diverse, accessible and better connected. Attendees are expected to participate in a manner consistent with our Community Credo:

  • Make Yourself At Home. Be welcoming and friendly and please help keep the space tidy.

  • Contribute in a positive way that creates a safe and respectful community. Respect the social norms of conversation and professional engagement.  Respect others’ desire to interact, or not, based on the context of the situation.

  • Become an active participant in our experiment. Challenge yourself to think outside of your norms and grow. Be willing to provide constructive feedback and share your ideas.

  • Attend with a mind of inquiry. Learn about other guests’ projects, explore new perspectives, consider the absurd.  Ask yourself how can I help?

  • You are part of this community, help build it. Participate. Spread the word. Invite new faces.  Share your expertise and present.

  • Foster inclusivity. Great minds may think alike, but it will take diverse minds to change the world. This community thrives because we welcome participants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, religion, national origin, age, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or disability.

  • We are NOT a venue for hard selling. Innovation is about top level thinking, not bottom line outcomes. Focus on building relationships that will last.

  • Connect responsibly and respectfully. We are not a bar, this is not a happy hour.  If you think it is, you are in the wrong place. Remember, we will serve you up to 3 drinks, so don’t ask for a 4th.

  • Get involved. There are so many ways to help make the #ThursdayGathering grow and better serve as a reflection of our growing innovation community.  Share the love with a little creativity and collaboration   join us!

To support the Venture Café’s mission to enable fresh and useful conversations and to act as a community hub, Venture Café reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission or infringes on the above credo.We see this as a living document and welcome comments on this, our expression of the Venture Café philosophy.