Venture Café Boston operates spaces, programs and conversations in the greater Boston area as part of the Venture Café Foundation.  We presently run the following activities:

Innovation Spaces

  • District Hall - The world’s first civic innovation center in Boston’s Innovation District where the innovation community can gather and exchange ideas.
  • Venture Café Cambridge Thursday Nights - A weekly gathering for the innovation community held on Thursday evenings at the 5th Floor of CIC Cambridge.

Innovation Economy Programs

  • Mass. Bay Innovation Alliance (MBIA) - Connects innovation players worldwide to the Massachusetts ecosystem by organizing visits to innovation-related institutions.
  • Captains of Innovation Program - Helps large companies envision the future of their industry and connect with Greater Boston’s startups to achieve that vision.
  • Innovation Economy Activation Programs – Programs to leverage innovation (technology and non-technology based) as a catalyst for economic development.


  • Innovation and the City - Gathers practitioners to evaluate & deploy these strategies with an integrative & critical perspective.
  • Civic Technology Salon Series - Conversation on the needs & use of technology to increase civic services and community well being. Organized w/ Microsoft

Venture Café Foundation is incorporated as a Massachusetts Not-for-Profit Corporation and has filed for 501 (c) 3 status.

The Venture Café Foundation started with the innovation community gathering on Thursday nights at CIC Cambridge.  The Foundation has since expanded its space and programs, as well as moving into other cities (starting with St. Louis)