Accelerating momentum in the Innovation Quarter and beyond is aligning the people, talents and energies in our growing innovation community. Each organization seeks to present the primary ways that they can support you.
In the Spring of 2015, twenty organizations have formed a coalition called the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of Forsyth County. We are collaborating in order to better support the small business community.
Our first public event, Venture Innovation Cafe (TM), was held on Thursday, September 17, 2015. Ecosystem partners held organizational introductions, educational sessions, and networking opportunities throughout the day. One of the objectives of this event was to demonstrate to entrepreneurs that they do not have to start and manage their businesses without a supportive community.
We doubled attendance in Venture Innovation Cafe 2016. Our community has grown such that there is a very supportive community with resources that increase the likelihood of small business success. Below, you will find the logos of the ecosystem partners:
In May 2017, we launched Venture Cafe which is a weekly congregation of entrepreneurs. Here is the description found on the Venture Cafe Winston Salem website:
“Venture Café Winston-Salem helps enhance and accelerate the growth of innovation and entrepreneurship in our city through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Venture Café Winston-Salem is a member of a global network, with partner organizations in Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts; St. Louis, Missouri; Miami, Florida; and Rotterdam, Netherlands.”
We invite you to join us at our gatherings !!! You can learn more at the Venture Cafe Winston-Salem website.