Thursday Gathering
OCTOBER THEME
Capital & Growth
You belong at Venture Café. Yes, you.
Meaningful ideas and big changes are sparked when serendipitous connection collides with intention. Every week at our flagship program, the Thursday Gathering, we connect creators, entrepreneurs, investors, coworkers, students and visionaries to build strong, inclusive and equitable innovation ecosystem.
UPCOMING EVENTS
PAST EVENTS

No matter your industry, aspirations or background, there’s a place and a purpose for you at Venture Café. So, welcome! We can’t wait to meet you.

You belong at Venture Café. Yes, you. 

We believe that innovation is a process to improve the human condition. Every week at Venture Café, we connect creators, entrepreneurs, investors, coworkers, students and visionaries to build strong, inclusive, equitable innovation ecosystems in cities throughout the world. We believe that meaningful ideas and big changes are sparked when spontaneity collides with intention, so we provide you with high-touch programming, engaging meeting spaces, expansive storytelling opportunities and digital learning environments that reduce barriers and enable the greatest impact. 

No matter your industry, no matter your aspirations, no matter your background, there’s a place and a purpose for you at Venture Café. So, welcome! We can’t wait to meet you.

Our Credo
Make yourself at home
Be welcoming and friendly… and help keep the place tidy.
Be inclusive
The community thrives because we welcome participants without regard to color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or disability.
Be interested
Learn about other guests’ projects, explore new perspectives, consider the absurd. Ask yourself how can I help?
Connect responsibly
We are not a bar, this is not a happy hour. If you think it is, you are in the wrong place.
No hard sales!
Innovation is about top level thinking, not bottom line outcomes. Focus on building relationships that will last.
Have fun!
Challenge yourself to think outsides of your norms and grow. Be willing to provide constructive feedback and share your ideas.
LEARN
Thursday Gathering News
MONTHLY THEMES
CREATIVE COLLECTIVE
June at Venture Café
This month we will cross cultures, bridges and generations. Rotterdam South will be put in the spotlight as we focus on all the great developments in this vibrant part of the city. For those who plan to take their business abroad, we will host an Expansion Café to help you with what you need to cross borders. To explore what we need to cross these paths, we will highlight the developments in the field of Arts & Architecture as it is Architecture month in Rotterdam.
VENTURE SCHOOL
July at Venture Café
During summer take the time to upgrade your skills and competences!

Venture Café partners with various organizations to bring you an entrepreneurial school that will allow you to build and/or take the next step with your business, upgrade your 21st century skills and inspire you on the latest innovations and developments.
VENTURE SCHOOL
August at Venture Café
During summer take the time to upgrade your skills and competences!

Venture Café partners with various organizations to bring you an entrepreneurial school that will allow you to build and/or take the next step with your business, upgrade your 21st century skills and inspire you on the latest innovations and developments.
GLOBAL CHALLENGES, LOCAL SOLUTIONS
September at Venture Café
This month Venture Café Rotterdam will offer a platform to showcase what the Netherlands and Rotterdam have to offer to solve global challenges and we will showcase what is happening within our network to contribute to the SDGs!
CAPITAL & GROWTH
October at Venture Café
Find all the elements to get you and your business growing.
PASSION, PURPOSE & IMPACT
November at Venture Café
Social entrepreneurs are addressing many challenges that communities face today like sustainability, liveability within neighbourhoods and social welfare. We celebrate these entrepreneurs and their initiatives during our Impact Month in November.
FUTURE FORWARD
December at Venture Café
Can you imagine what the world will look like in 2050? Where do we work, how will we work, and what skills do we need? What will our economy look like: will universal basic income have been introduced? Will our healthcare system be fully automated? ? And: will we have attained the Sustainable Development Goals or will The Netherlands have flooded by then?
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