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Venture Café Winston-Salem Privacy policy

Last updated: May 30, 2019

Venture Café Winston-Salem (“Venture Café“) respects your right to privacy.  This Privacy Notice explains who we are, how we collect, share and use personal information about you, and how you can exercise your privacy rights.  This Privacy Notice only applies to personal information that we collect through our website at (“Website”).  For details on personal information that is collected when you visit other Venture Café Network websites, please see the privacy notice referenced on these individual sites. 

In addition, for information on what personal information we collect when you attend a Venture Café event please see our Venture Café Event Privacy Notice

If you have any questions or concerns about our use of your personal information, then please contact us using the contact details provided at the bottom of this Privacy Notice.

Quick links
We recommend that you read this Privacy Notice in full to ensure you are fully informed.  However, if you only want to access a particular section of this Privacy Notice, then you can click on the relevant link below to jump to that section.

What does Venture Café do?
Venture Café Winston-Salem is part of the Venture Café Network. The Venture Café Network is a network of independent non-profit organizations that offer high-touch programming, spaces, storytelling, and broad innovation engagement. Venture Café offers three core programs, coupled with localized programming and support to serve the unique needs of our community. The Venture Café Network is supported by the Venture Café Global Institute (“VCGI“), the umbrella organisation that provides ongoing training, resources, convening opportunities, and guides new site expansion.

For more information about Venture Café, please see the “About Us” section of our Website.

What personal information does Venture Café collect and why?
The personal information that we may collect about you broadly falls into the following categories:

  • Information that you provide voluntarily

Certain parts of our Website may ask you to provide personal information voluntarily: for example, we may ask you to provide your contact details in order to subscribe to receive updates and the latest news about Venture Café, hear about opportunities within the innovation community, submit enquiries to us, or become a volunteer (ambassador).  The personal information that you are asked to provide, and the reasons why you are asked to provide it, will be made clear to you at the point we ask you to provide your personal information.

In addition, should you choose to comment on our blogs or discussion boards, please note that the content of that comment and the name under which you posted that comment will be available to view by members of the public who visit our website. We therefore recommend that you do not post anything which you do not wish to be made publicly available.

  • Information that we collect automatically

Specifically, the information we collect automatically may include information like your IP address, device type, unique device identification numbers, browser-type, broad geographic location (e.g. country or city-level location) and other technical information.  We may also collect information about how your device has interacted with our Website, including the pages accessed and links clicked.  

Collecting this information enables us to better understand the visitors who come to our Website, where they come from, and what content on our Website is of interest to them.  We use this information for our internal analytics purposes and to improve the quality and relevance of our Website to our visitors.

Some of this information may be collected using cookies and similar tracking technology, as explained further under the heading “Cookies and similar tracking technology” below.

Who does Venture Café share my personal information with?
We may disclose your personal information to the following categories of recipients:

  • to the Venture Café Network. A list of the current Venture Café Network is available here.
  • to our umbrella organization, Venture Café Global Institute (VCGI).
  • to our third party services providers and partners who provide data processing services to us (for example, to support the delivery of, provide functionality on, or help to enhance the security of our Website), or who otherwise process personal information for purposes that are described in this Privacy Notice or notified to you when we collect your personal information. These third party service providers and partners include:
  • to any competent law enforcement body, regulatory, government agency, court or other third party where we believe disclosure is necessary (i) as a matter of applicable law or regulation, (ii) to exercise, establish or defend our legal rights, or (iii) to protect your vital interests or those of any other person;


  • to any other person with your consent to the disclosure.

Cookies and similar tracking technology 
We use cookies and similar tracking technology (collectively, “Cookies”) to collect and use personal information about you.  For further information about the types of Cookies we use, why, and how you can control Cookies, please see our Cookie Notice.

How does Venture Café keep my personal information secure?
We use appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect the personal information that we collect and process about you.  The measures we use are designed to provide a level of security appropriate to the risk of processing your personal information.

International data transfers
Your personal information may be transferred to, and processed in, countries other than the country in which you are resident.  These countries may have data protection laws that are different to the laws of your country (and, in some cases, may not be as protective).

Specifically, our Website servers are located in the United States, the Venture Café Global Institute is based in the United States and the Venture Café Network and our third party service providers and partners operate around the world.  This means that when we collect your personal information we may process it in any of these countries.

Data retention
We retain personal information we collect from you where we have an ongoing legitimate business need to do so (for example, to provide you with a service you have requested or to comply with applicable legal, tax or accounting requirements).  

When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymise it or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible. 

Your data protection rights
You have the following data protection rights:

      • If you wish to access, correct, update or request deletion of your personal information, you can do so at any time by contacting us using the contact details provided under the “How to contact us” heading below. 

We respond to all requests we receive from individuals wishing to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws.

Updates to this Privacy Notice
We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time in response to changing legal, technical or business developments. When we update our Privacy Notice, we will take appropriate measures to inform you, consistent with the significance of the changes we make.  We will obtain your consent to any material Privacy Notice changes if and where this is required by applicable data protection laws. 

You can see when this Privacy Notice was last updated by checking the “last updated” date displayed at the top of this Privacy Notice. 

How to contact us
If you have any questions or concerns about our use of your personal information, please contact us using the following details: Susan Morris, program director,