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

  • Innovation Visitors Bureau – 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 attained 501 (c) 3 nonprofit status.

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