OPEN OFFICE HOURS

Small businesses made up 63% of net new job creation between 1993- 2013, and contribute 46% to GDP*. Venture Café Foundation is on a mission to improve the success rate of start-ups and small businesses by offering coaching services free of charge to the Greater Boston area community.

Open Office Hours

For more than seven years, Venture Café has offered Boston’s only Open Office Hours where any entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur may access a robust roster of experts for advice.

Expert Advisers

Our advisers, numbering more than 50, are successful entrepreneurs, seasoned business executives, and investors – with expertise that spans key areas important to business success.

Three Locations

Entrepreneurs and inspiring entrepreneurs may access Open Office Hours at any of our three locations: Venture Café Kendall, District Hall, and Roxbury Innovation Center.

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“Jodi-Tatiana Charles is totally awesome and I’m grateful for her guidance. The other mentors also played a big role in helping me develop the confidence to start PetsEmpower.org …  I’ve worked closely with Chuck Goldstone and Steve Davis. They helped me navigate web development, media, marketing, and connected me with resources on the Boston ecosystem. They also advised me to enter accelerators.”

Jordan Ross

Founder, PetsEmpower.org, MassChallenge 17

Office hours are available for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to receive advice from experienced business professionals, entrepreneurs and investors. Our Office Hour appointments may be booked in 30-minute segments for one-on-one sessions with one or more of our advisers.

 

Appointments may be booked at any of our three locations:

Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)

Venture Cafe (5th Floor), Kendall Square, Cambridge

Weekly: Each Thursday: 3:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Lounge Area, Innovation District, Seaport

75 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 0221

 

  • Weekly: Wednesdays: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Quarterly: One Wednesday per Quarter 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Bolling Building

2nd Floor, Dudley Square, Roxbury

Monthly: One Tuesday per month 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

OFFICE HOUR ADVISERS

Joe Caruso

Bantam Group

Jacquie Kay

The Sun Walking Group

Kerry Bowie

Msaada Partners

Jessica Manganello

New Leaf Legal, LLC

Become an Adviser

There’s a difference between staying busy and staying busy with passion, challenge, and creativity. This is what it’s like for me to be a volunteer mentor at the Venture Café almost every week of the year.  As a former founder and CEO of a popular dating service, a national publication, as well as a non-profit executive, I’m able to help bring value and insight to hundreds of entrepreneurs in diverse stages of exciting business and non-profit creation and growth. It’s a joy to connect with clients of all ages and business ideas and ventures.”

Marty Sack

Mentor, SCORE

As an expert Adviser in the Venture Café Office Hour program, not only will you be able to help entrepreneurs, you will also have an opportunity to connect with some of the most innovative companies and build community with established experts in New England.

The vast majority of those who seek advice through our Office Hour program are in the early stages of their idea or venture. The adviser’s role is to assist the entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur to make solid progress on their venture.

We are always looking for exceptional experts to advise entrepreneurs. If you fall into one of the expertise categories we offer, we would be delighted to hear from you! Please review the selection criteria prior to applying.