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Every week, the Triad’s innovators and entrepreneurs convene to build community and trust, to share conversation and inspiration, and to help one another. Please consider supporting our work with a financial contribution — we’ve designed packages to fit every budget so we can all be part of building a more equitable, resilient, and innovative local economy.

Theme Night Sponsor | $5,000

What’s your idea? Let’s create a night around it.

There are ideas that deserve more than an hour — they deserve a whole night’s worth of conversation. Your ideas or ours — let’s see where we can go when we unleash the whole night:

  • Input into programming topics and planning for one themed Thursday Gathering
  • Logo on the VCWS online calendar for three weeks prior to the event
  • Blog Post on our website — up to 500 words
  • Heavy social media rotation (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn) for three weeks prior to the event
  • Highlighted in the weekly eNewsletter beginning three weeks out — sent to 2800+ people each week
  • Facebook Live broadcast from the event featuring your company
  • Digital Signage at Thursday Gathering and listed on weekly program listing
  • Logo on promotional posters distributed across the Triad
  • Announcement by Venture Café Staff at the event
  • Public “Thank You” pushed through social media

 

Technology Sponsor | $5,000

Help us cover costs for professional video and photography needs and website updates:

  • Your logo on promotional videos shared on all our social media channels
  • Suggest a topic for a video blog post and share in the development process
  • Receive video files you can share with your network and edit later
  • Logo on the VCWS website home page
  • Heavy social media rotation (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn) for three weeks
  • Highlighted in six eblasts — sent to 2800+ people each week
  • Digital signage at Thursday Gathering and listed on weekly program agenda for six weeks
  • An announcement by VCWS staff during the event
  • Public “Thank You” pushed through social media

Hospitality Sponsor | $2,500

People like people who feed them.

Each week, we provide delicious local food and drink and support local foodpreneurs. Help us keep providing great Southern Hospitality:

  • Logo on the VCWS online calendar for the week of the event
  • Social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn) announcements in the two weeks leading up to the event
  • Highlighted in two weekly eblasts two weeks prior to the event — sent to 2800+ people each week
  • Digital Signage at Thursday Gathering and listed on weekly program agenda
  • Announcement by Venture Café Staff at the event
  • Public “Thank You” pushed through social media the day after the event

 

Programming Sponsor | $2,500

Interested in a deeper dive? Sponsor a program

Want to explore a topic during a Thursday Gathering? You get to co-create content and help us bring it to life on the date of your choice:

  • Input into topic development and content
  • Logo on the VCWS online calendar for the week of the event
  • Logo on promotional posters shared on the Community Table
  • Social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn) announcements in the two weeks leading up to our event
  • Highlighted in two weekly eblasts two weeks prior to the event — sent to 2800+ people each week
  • Digital signage at Thursday Gathering and listed on weekly program agenda
  • Announcement by Venture Café Staff at the event
  • Public “Thank You” pushed through social media the day after the event

 

Feed Your Mind Lunch + Learn
$1,000 + cost of food

Want to explore a topic outside of Thursdays?

Our Feed Your Mind lunch and learn series offers a fun, affordable way to gather fellow innovators and entrepreneurs to discuss, learn, and share over a casual meal. Sponsors help lead topic creation and programming development. It’s a great way to spark conversations!

  • Logo on the VCWS online calendar for the week of the event
  • Promotional poster on the Community Table at Thursday Gatherings
  • Social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn) announcements in the two weeks leading up to the event
  • Highlighted in two weekly eblasts two weeks prior to the event — sent to 2800+ people each week
  • Digital signage at Thursday Gathering and listed on weekly program agenda
  • Announcement by Venture Café Staff at previous Thursday Gatherings
  • Public “Thank You” pushed through social media the day after the event

 

Sponsor a Chair | $25

Show up at Thursday Gatherings every week — even when you can’t be here.

Help us cover the cost of buying chairs by sponsoring one. Write an inspirational message or quote. Cover it with stickers. Draw a character — do whatever you want!

All we ask is that you respect the Venture Café Credo and not include phone numbers, websites, or sales pitches.

Be the Change  

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” At Venture Café Winston-Salem, we are in the business of change: business-starting, innovator-connecting, community-expanding change. Change is infectious, but it ain’t free. Would you give your change (or bills) to help us be the change? Whatever you give, Gandhi would approve.