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Urgent Message to Save Venture Café's Innovation Community

Our Programs


Venture Café St. Louis operates four programs and will add additional programs in the future as the operation grows.

The Venture Café Thursday Gathering

This is a weekly event that attracts new and existing members of the innovation community. It is the foundation and lynchpin of the Venture Café program, contributing deeply to all other aspects of the organization’s work. The Weekly Gathering combines opportunities to network and a variety of high-impact educational sessions. Venture Café St. Louis, brings in from 450 to 500+ people weekly. It is important to note that approximately 20-30% of the attendees are new each week. This mix of newbies and regulars allows for the events to remain fresh and allows for deep relationships and a strong community to be formed over time. Over the course of one year, there can be 25,000 attendees and nearly 500 educational sessions as part of the Thursday Gathering.

Join us each Thursday from 3–8pm on the 2nd floor of 4240 Duncan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
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Venture Café Night: 39°N

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 4-7:30pm, Venture Café Night: 39°N unites entrepreneurs, scientists and innovators together to learn, mentor and support each other.

The focus is on facilitating discussions and connections within plant science and agricultural technology. Programming will be curated around a variety of topics from food and energy security to sustainability to big data and machine learning.

This program is made possible by Bayer Crop Science.

Check the lineup on our calendar | Held at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Want to host a session or office hours at a Gathering? Email our Program Manager.


Innovation Hall STL

Each month, Venture Café connects thousands of entrepreneurs, creatives, scientists, and all types of innovators through our Thursday Gathering and Café Night at 39 North. Now we’re keeping the connections going throughout the week at Innovation HallInnovation Hall is a platform for St. Louis’ innovation community. Created to be a collaborative, innovative, civic workspace, and event space to bring people together.

This is only the second civic innovation center in the Venture Cafe Global Network — with District Hall in Boston being the first (take a look at their most recent Impact Report). It will be a unique space defined by its civic nature and as a gathering place for all kinds of entrepreneurs—startups, educators, nonprofits, government, artists, corporates and the community at large—with no barriers to entry.

Innovation Hall’s signature program is the EdHub STL

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Cortex Commons

Venture Café St. Louis also activates the Cortex Commons for the Cortex Innovation Community. To find out about events held in the Commons, sign up for the Cortex Connections newsletter or visit the Facebook page. If you are interested in hosting an event in the Commons, please contact our Event Coordinator, Kyra. 


Read our 2017 VCSTL Impact Report for more information on our Programs.