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About us

Venture Café Bilbao is a non-profit organization and is part of a global network. The Venture Café movement started as an experiment in 2010 in Boston and came to Bilbao in 2020 as the third European expansion.

Goal & Mission
Our goal is to build an innovation community and to accelerate innovation within the regional ecosystem. The foundation does that by offering programming and connections that build relationships between students, startups, entrepreneurs, corporates, investors and other organisations. Our mission is to broaden, connect and support the innovation community through offering a freely accessible network with programming to help anyone with an idea to succeed. By connecting innovators, we create impact and foster innovation and growth.

We believe that:
– Anyone with an idea has the potential to become a successful entrepreneur or innovator
– Isolation is the enemy of innovation: relationships are a critical success factor for entrepreneurship and innovation
– Cross-over connections between innovators from various industries can catalyse innovation & impact
– Equal access to a social support system can strengthen entrepreneurship, communities and economies

We are a Global network
Venture Café Foundation was founded 2010, in the Boston Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Now we are a part of a Global Venture Café Network, which is an independent non-profit organisation. Venture Café Rotterdam is the first European expansion. Other Venture Cafés are located in Boston, St. Louis, Miami and Winston-Salem. In 2018, the movement will expand to Philadelphia (USA), Warsaw (Poland) and Tokyo (Japan), and with more exciting locations in the pipeline. Every week we host the largest innovation community event in the world, known as the Thursday Gathering, with more than 2,000 visitors every week. It’s the power of ‘offline’ contact that initiates meaningful connections and which can accelerate innovation. We call it ‘engineered serendipity’: we provide innovator.

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Bego Maite Jimenez-Ocio – Executive Director


Ainara Alonso – Program Manager