After seven remarkable years of connecting the innovation ecosystem in Rotterdam, Venture Café Rotterdam bids farewell to its current format at the end of September 2023. This decision comes as a result of the conclusion of Venture Café Rotterdam’s subsidiary agreement with the City of Rotterdam. As we navigate this pivotal moment, we would be remiss not to celebrate the impact we’ve had, and our commitment to innovation, connection, and community.
A Beacon of Innovation
Venture Café arrived in Rotterdam in 2015, ushered in by CIC with the invaluable support of the City of Rotterdam. Our mission was clear: to invigorate the local innovation economy through curated programming and the iconic weekly Thursday Gathering events that united all corners of the community in the Rotterdam Region.
Over the past seven years, Venture Café Rotterdam has left an indelible mark on the local innovation landscape. We have been proud to create:
A Heartfelt Thanks
Our journey would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our partners, fans, and the vibrant community that has grown around us. Venture Café Rotterdam has often served as an ‘innovation engine’ for the global Venture Café network, pioneering initiatives that have been scaled across the globe.
As we embrace change, we view the conclusion of our current subsidy as an opportunity for strategic reflection. We are using this moment to consider ways in which we might reinvent Venture Café Rotterdam to align with the evolving needs of our community. Initially focused on building and activating the local innovation community, we now aspire to leverage Rotterdam’s unique strengths as a major business hub for Europe.
Our Final Gatherings
The Venture Café Rotterdam chapter in its current form concludes with the last Thursday Gathering on September 28 – themed “United for SDGs”. Our Thursday Gathering ‘Farewell event’ on November 9, 2023 will be a celebration of the community that has grown and thrived under our banner.
In closing, we want to express our deep gratitude for the incredible journey we’ve embarked upon with you. We have truly shown that innovation is for everyone. Together, we’ve built and experienced something extraordinary, and as we bid adieu to this chapter, we look forward to the potential of a new beginning.
By team Venture Cafe Rotterdam
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