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2015: Momentum

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January 5, 2015

New programs, new audiences, new collisions.

The goal in 2014 was to build a program and organization that would fill a need in the STL region. We were driven by two words: Align & Amplify. We wanted to make the region stronger. We wanted to make organizations stronger. We wanted to serve those interested in innovation. We wanted to create a place for people who shared our belief that innovation is a process to improve the human condition. In just three short months of programming, the STL community has helped build Venture Cafe. Thank you.

All of this was accomplished with a staff of two, a cadre of 21 dedicated and awesome volunteers, and a community of people who know that STL is full of amazing assets upon which to build. So…let’s build.

2015

The Venture Cafe Gathering

We’ll start back up again on January 8, 2015. It will be the 2nd Thursday and we’ll be joined by our friends from ITEN. Take a look at how we’re adding to the overall program next year:

  • 1st Thursdays – Inventors Association of STL, St. Louis Makes, and a focus on veteran innovators
  • 2nd Thursdays – ITEN bringing the awesomeness
  • 3rd Thursdays – Wildcard and dynamic programming throughout the year
  • 4th Thursdays – Mission Center L3C, Social Enterprises, and Missouri Venture Forum
  • 5th Thursdays – Wildcard 2.0

Other efforts in the mix:

  • Quarterly Arts & Culture focus
  • Increased Capital Focus
  • Greater Youth Programming (gotta get those kids hustling)

Youth Programming

We have partnered with Sigma Aldrich, BioSTL andDiversity Awareness Partnership for the EXPLORE Bioscience program. Additionally, in January we will officially open the application period for our March to May Bootcamp. We’ve partnered with Youth CITIESto bring innovation and entrepreneurship programming to kids in 6th to 12th grade.

Get Involved

We are always looking for volunteers & session contributors who want to help make the magic happen. If you are interested, please reach out to Kaori. Furthermore, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that there are great opportunities to sponsor this fine organization. It’s about the right fit and comes back to align and amplify. If you’d like to grab coffee and discuss sponsorship, please contact Travis.

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