Become a Program Partner

Venture Café offers a reflection of the diverse, talented and entrepreneurial innovation community of Rotterdam and the region. Thursday Gatherings provide our innovation community with access to high-quality sessions and educational programming designed to create intentional spaces. Every Thursday startups, scale-ups, corporates, investors, talented individuals, and governmental organizations convene, connect, and build relationships at Venture Café.

Our goal is to provide our community with new, exciting, thought-provoking sessions to fuel conversation at Venture Café. We want ideas that help people understand innovation on a broader and more applicable level. Events should inject new ideas and perspectives into the conversation and enrich our thinking.

The sessions at Venture Café Thursday Gatherings often fall into six main categories:

SHARE: Info tables or demos featuring information about innovation community members, service providers, accelerator programs, upcoming events, or conferences.
DEVELOP: one-on-one coaching or advising or mentoring services offered by investors, experienced industry leaders or contributing organizations through our Office Hours program. Attendees will pre-register to join the Office Hours.
LEARN:
a lecture, panel discussion, or talk, or pitch session focused on providing substantive insights, learnings, lessons and a platform for sharing ideas.
ENGAGE: workshops, design thinking exercises, hackathons, community conversations and all manner of interactive opportunities to collaborate, exchange ideas and learn from each other.
PLAY: experiential, fun activities that invite creativity into our busy lives and allow us to approach our civic, business or innovation challenges with a fresh, new perspective. Think playtime or art class for grown-ups.
CONNECT: the serendipitous collisions that occur when you informally chat with another Café-goer. Talk to other visitors and see what happens.

Learn about the guidelines for Venture Café’s Thursday Gatherings here.

To get an idea of the sessions that are hosted, have a look at the program of our upcoming Thursday Gatherings here.

If you are interested in hosting a session as part of our program, please contact: program@venturecaferotterdam.org