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“I believe the success of Venture Cafe Winston-Salem is driven by the diversity of the people attending with a wide array of perspectives, talents, and experience sharing a common interest in supporting innovators and entrepreneurship locally and impacting change globally.”

Jason Kralic, Associate Vice President of Technology Innovation, Wake Forest Center for Innovation and Commercialization


Every week from 5pm-8pm

Thursday Gatherings are our weekly signature event designed to connect entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators. Each event is comprised of

  • Conversations are the central purpose of Thursday Gatherings. It’s an opportunity to meet like-minded innovators to create meaningful connections, exchange ideas and forge new collaborations. Solicitations are not allowed during these events so please no hard selling.
  • Programming in the form of workshops, talks, forums, pitch event, hackathons, etc. Organizations seeking to host programming during one of the weekly Thursday Gatherings should email
  • Demonstrations of prototypes and new products.Thursday Gatherings feature local startups who want to share their prototypes and new products. Startups who want to apply for an opportunity to demo should submit Demo Application Form here.
  • Info tables, available during Thursday Gatherings, are designed for organizations to share and promote information about programs, competitions, and events relevant to the Venture Café audience. Organizations may submit an info table request form to apply for a spot.
  • Volunteer and help us make Thursday Gatherings happen every week. We need greeters, bartenders, kiosk attendants and really nice people to help set up and take down. Become one of our Ambassadors today.
  • Sponsor Thursday Gatherings as a way to show your support for Venture Cafe and the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Weekly, monthly, quarterly and in-kind sponsorships are available. Request a call today to learn more.


“The Thursday gatherings are a great way to meet and mingle with the movers and shakers in our local startup community in concert with some practical education and advice in a more structured setting.”

Malay Shah, Angel Investor, VentureSouth


Check out our Calendar to keep up on all our Thursday Gatherings and other events!