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VCWS Slack Community


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We’re in the business of breaking down silos and firmly believe that the best place to start is to create spaces and places to meaningfully connect innovators to make things happen.

Venture Café Winston-Salem’s #ThursdayGathering serves as one of the largest weekly gatherings of  entrepreneurial, engaged, and creative innovators in the Triad, supporting our mission to broaden, connect, and support our innovation community through public spaces and programs to help anyone with an idea succeed. 

Join us as we experiment with a new way to virtually connect with our community via an online Slack group, where our attendees can share, learn, and engage with each other. 

But we want to be sure that we connect in ways that align with our core values. Read on for more information about our credo and Slack community rules


Just as we do in person at the #ThursdayGathering, we expect that you adhere to our Community Credo while on the VCWS Community Slack.

Here it is, in bulleted form. To read the full version, click here

  • Make Yourself At Home.
  • Contribute in a positive way that creates a safe and respectful community.
  • Become an active participant in our experiment.
  • Attend with a mind of inquiry.
  • You are part of this community, help build it.
  • Foster inclusivity.
  • We are NOT a venue for hard selling.
  • Connect responsibly and respectfully.
  • Get involved.


Due to the unique nature and anonymity of online interactions, we want to be sure to explicitly state what isn’t acceptable in our community Slack space. 

Here are things that will get your posts removed and possibly get you banned. Please note this is not a comprehensive list. Our moderators reserve the right to remove anything we deem inappropriate.

  • Spam: Zero tolerance. Spam will be deleted.
  • Hard-Selling: Selling your products or services on our slack channel will get your post deleted. Repeated offenses will have you banned. You might be asking, “Why? Isn’t this space for innovators? Won’t they have products?” It’s because selling products creates a transactional rather than personal, meaningful relationship between the members of our slack community, which is antithetical to our core values at VCWS.
  • Bullying and Harassment: Zero tolerance. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated, whether public in Slack channels or private in DMs. Doing so will immediately result in a ban.
  • Personal attacks: Do not attack or insult other users in our Slack community.
  • Doxxing: Don’t reveal someone else’s personal information without their permission on our Slack channels (or ever).
  • Illegal activities: Posting links to illegal downloads, ways to steal services, and other nefarious activity will be removed.
  • NSFW material: Even images or links that could be considered borderline are not acceptable. A good rule of thumb is that anything beyond PG-13 will get you in trouble, but we reserve the right to remove any post we deem inappropriate. This includes but is not limited pornographic material, vile language, gore, etc.
  • Hate speech: Zero tolerance. We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on their identities, including but not limited to — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability.
  • Trolling: “Trolling” is a big, messy term, but we know what trolls are and we won’t tolerate it. If you’re abusing the good conversations, we will delete your posts.
  • Spreading misinformation: We will remove posts promoting obvious falsehoods.
  • Multiple accounts and throwaway emails: We don’t allow multiple accounts per user. Using a disposable email address signals to us that you might not be here for the right reasons. You also may not create accounts designed to impersonate another person.


Send a direct message to any VCWS Staff Member or “VCWS Community Mod” in the Slack space with a screenshot of the post and we’ll address it ASAP.