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Venture Cafe on Downtown Winston-Salem Podcast
Posted 20 August 2018

Karen Barnes joined host Jason Thiel for the Downtown Winston-Salem Podcast recently to talk about the great things going on at Venture Cafe. Listen to the podcast.

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE – A MOMENT TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO MAKE VENTURE CAFE HAPPEN EVERY WEEK
Posted 04 May 2018

First, I’d like to thank YOU. You’re what keeps us inspired with your stories, your journeys and your vision. We see you as you step up, fall down, try again and stay true.

Thanks to our small but mighty team: Susan Morris, our imaginative and resourceful program director. To Mandez Douthit and Emma Benson, our summer interns. To our summer intern last year, Imani Brown and our Jan Term intern Ariel Autrey.

Thanks to those who helped us get started – particularly Fay Horwitt and Magalie Yacinthe. Thanks to all our amazing volunteers, including Stallone Frazier photographer, and all the presenters who have generously shared their time and wisdom.

To our ecosystem partners here in Winston and Greensboro – we so appreciate the new ways we’re working together to grow the entire region instead of competing against one another.

Thanks to our sponsors who have provided financial support to ensure our work continues. Thanks to the facilities teams at Biotech Place and here at Bailey Power Plant – Whoopie, Heather, Kerin, Pam, Damiqa and Sam. Thanks to Officer Lilly and Diego who look out for us every day. Thanks to Carolina Vineyards and Hops for the delicious food and beverages we enjoy every week – we love supporting local just like you do. To Cam’s Coffee Creations for your huge heart and your coffee that keeps us going!

We also have a great support team for our marketing efforts including Daryl Shaw at Royalty Marketing, Carol and Kevin Reeve at Girl on the Roof, and Elliot Strunk at Fifth Letter. Thanks for making us look good and be smarter!

Thanks to our founding partners – The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the DataMax Foundation, and the L. David Mounts Foundation. To Wexford Science and Technology for this beautiful space. To our awesome advisory board who gives us great ideas for improvement and finally to our Board of Directors who believes in the power of convening people who share a common dream. It is our great honor to do this work and we thank you for the chance to make a difference in the city we love.

And last but not least, Susan and I thank our patient partners, Crystal and Joe, who put up with us, support us and love us.

Thank you.

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VENTURE CAFE HONORED WITH AWARD FOR BUILDING DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL CAPITAL: RECEIVES ECHO AWARD FROM WINSTON SALEM FOUNDATION
posted 02 May 2018

Here’s a little video to celebrate – it’s on our new YouTube channel!

Thanks to everyone who comes to Venture Cafe seeking community and meaningful relationships. We’re so grateful to be part of this city’s growth and people’s lives!

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NOMINEES FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL TRIAD’S MOST INNOVATIVR COMPANIES ANNOUNCED: PART OF VENTURE CAFE WINSTON SALEM’S FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Posted 26 April 2018

Winston Salem NC — As Venture Cafe Winston Salem marks a full year of programming, it’s launching a new way to recognize companies who are making a mark through innovation. The first annual Triad’s Most Innovative Companies Award has garnered 17 nominations from around the region. Three winners will be announced on May 3rd at 5:45pm at Venture Cafe’s Thursday Gathering at Bailey Power Plant, located at 486 Patterson Avenue in Winston Salem.

The winners will represent small, medium and large companies. An independent review committee will select the winners from the nominee list. Here are the nominees.

SMALL COMPANIES:

MEDIUM COMPANIES

LARGE COMPANIES

“This is an impressive list, full of entrepreneurs and visionaries who have embraced risk, recognized opportunities and held fast to their innovation dreams,” said Karen Barnes, Executive Director of Venture Cafe Winston Salem. “Our region is starting to attract more attention because of the supportive ecosystem we’re building here, and our startups are showing an increased level of sophistication. Now’s the time to keep growing the momentum we’ve all worked so hard to create.”

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THE TRIAD’S MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES: NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS!

Join us as we celebrate companies of all sizes who are disrupting industries and challenging the status quo. As part of our one year anniversary on May 3rd, we’ll recognize three companies who inspire us all to keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Are you one of those companies?

To nominate yourself or another company, complete this form by Thursday, April 19th at 5pm. All entries will be judged by an independent third part, and winners will be announced at 5:30pm on May 3rd at Bailey Power Plant. All nominees will receive invitations to a special VIP reception beginning at 4pm.

Sponsorship packages also available starting at only $2500.

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VENTURE CAFE FEATURED ON WFMY MORNING SHOW
posted 27 March 2017

You had to be up early to catch Executive Director Karen Barnes on the WFMY Morning Show today talking about Bailey Power Plant. The live segment aired at 6:08am but you can catch it right here. Take a look!

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10 MINUTES WITH SILICON VALLEY INVESTOR LAURA DEMING:
WHAT IF EVERYONE COULD CHOOSE HOW LONG THEY LIVE?

Venture Cafe Executive Director Karen Barnes recently caught up with Laura Deming, the 23-year-old head of The Longevity Fund, to discuss taking risks, new advances in aging and what she’ll be doing when she’s 46.

Watch the video here.

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VENTURE CAFE FEATURED AS A NEWSMAKER ON WGHP
Posted 30 January 2018

VCWS Executive Director Karen Barnes found herself on the other end of the microphone during a recent interview with WGHP anchor Neill McNeill. The Newsmaker segment originally aired on Thursday, January 25th on the 10pm newscast.

Here’s the link!


IMPACT REPORT 2017
It’s been an exciting year for us as we launched here in the Triad and began our adventure together. Want to see how we did? Here are some highlights! (As of November 30)

30 events | 4490 checkins | 235 presenters | 163 programs
62% Caucasian | 29% African American | 6% Latino | 3% Asian |
2025 on mailing list | 72,999 emails sent
221,624 Facebook page impressions | 24,015 web page views

Download the full Impact Report

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