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Urgent Message to Save Venture Café's Innovation Community


More collisions for STL.

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October 6, 2014

Wow. Nearly 300 people attended our inaugural gathering for The Venture Café. As promised, we’re doing it again this week, and we have another great lineup that includes thinking like an artist, learning from an entrepreneur, testing hunches, understanding funding, and discovering opportunities for growth. Beyond that there are all of you – the awesome members of the innovation community. You all get to do more colliding!

In an effort to continuously improve, we are making some changes as a direct result of feedback from attendees.

  • Signage: There will be better signage around the space so you can easily know what, where and when.
  • Seating: As the space is being built out, there will be new elements added each week. This week you’ll notice more intimate seating in the café area as well as new spots down the main corridor that are perfect for deeper conversations. Oh, if you think the space looks cool, you have the design team at CIC to thank for that.
  • Sustenance: Venture Café provides the beverage for 300 thirsty thinkers each week and from time-to-time our speakers/contributors bring in some food to share. We are more than willing to talk to anyone interested in food sponsorship. We’ll feed your ego as you help people feed their faces. Let’s talk.

We hope to make improvement each week based on feedback from attendees. Keep telling us how we can create an awesome environment.

3:30 – 4:00

iSelect Fund Spotlight Series

The iSelect Fund Spotlight Series is a place where you can learn about a new innovative company and/or discover ways to secure funding for your own venture.

4:00 – 7:00

Office Hours: Openly Disruptive – Turn a Hunch into an Innovation

Everyone has hunches and inklings, turn yours into actionable ideas. Learn a simple technique for forming an “Idea Ecosystem” to develop an idea, figure out who it matters most to, and identify how much potential it has to disrupt the status quo.

In these COMPLIMENTARY 20 minute sessions, you’ll work with Openly Disruptive’s Chief Instigator Dan Reus and walk away with a stronger idea, a good sense of who it matters to, and a foundation to build on.

Sign-up for a session here:

Tweet: @DanReus of @OpenlyDisruptiv

4:30 – 5:15

Pipeline Entrepreneurs

Come learn about the Pipeline Fellowship from Pipeline Fellow Alicia Herald – and meet some of our entrepreneurs in person. They look forward to meeting you soon.

Brought to you by Pipline Entrepreneurs: Pipeline Fellow Alicia Herald, myEDmatch

Tweet: @PipelineOrg

5:30 – 6:15

COCA Biz – Design and Collaborative Creativity

Collaborative Creativity underlies the success of new business ventures – and the Performing Arts. Both settings require team creative efforts to achieve results. You’ll experience a hands-on design & build challenge and learn how a master set designer applies the principles of Design Thinking and creative collaboration to achieve great performances at the Muny. Guided by his insights, you’ll join with team partners to quickly compete against other teams on a simple, fun, but daunting design/build challenge, followed by reflection on the collaborative practices that lead to creative project success in early stage business.

Brought to you by CocaBiz: Steve Knight and Robert Mark Morgan

Tweet: @cocabiz

6:30 – 7:30

Screening of Sam Altman’s (of YCombinator) How to Start a Startup Stanford Lecture Series

Join us for a screening of YCombinator’s Sam Altman’s Sanford lecture! This week the guest lecturer will be Peter Thiel, founder of Palantir, Paypal, and Founders Fund. He’ll be talking about “Business Strategy and Monopoly Theory.” The lecture should lead into some great discussions.

Find previous speakers and more info on these awesome classes here:

Brought to you by: Jolijt Tamanaha, Blake Margraff, and Julian Ozen


Spread the word and shout it from the rooftops: “Venture Cafe is ready for action!”

Event Details:

Thursday, October 9, 2014 between 3:00pm and 8:00pm

4240 Duncan Ave, 2nd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63110



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