Recent Press + News
Venture Cafe Cambridge operation to transfer to the Venture Cafe Global Institute
By Innovation Studio – August 27, 2021
Cambridge, MA, Sept. 17, 2021- Innovation Studio (a.k.a Venture Café Foundation), will shift responsibility for operations of the Venture Café Cambridge program to the Venture Café Global Institute (VCGI), in order to focus more on its inclusionary innovation programs throughout Greater Boston and New England. IS and VCGI will continue to collaborate on programming that grows the innovation ecosystem.
Venture Cafe & District Hall Providence operations to transition from Innovation Studio to Venture Cafe Global Institute and Cambridge Innovation Center
By Innovation Studio – August 27, 2021
Innovation Studio (f.k.a Venture Café New England), the Venture Café Global Institute and Cambridge Innovation Center have agreed to shift responsibility for the operations of the Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering program and District Hall Providence to the Venture Café Global Institute (VCGI). We expect the transition to be complete sometime between the end of September through the end of October.
District Hall Providence Hosts Vice President Harris, Commerce Secretary Raimondo For Women-Led Business Roundtable
By Innovation Studio – June 8, 2021
The Vice President and Commerce Secretary traveled to Rhode Island to meet with Congressional leaders and small business owners. The main focus of their high-profile visit was to present key elements of President Biden’s proposed American Jobs Plan, chief among them being infrastructure improvements, job training, health care and child care investment.
Rhode Island innovators seek to make DEI part of the community’s DNA
By BizJournals – May 28, 2021
When you walk into the East Providence office of meal delivery service Feast & Fettle, you’ll find a group of 60 employees that come from many diverse backgrounds and cultures. That’s no accident, says CEO Carlos Ventura Jr.
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This Innovation Center in Roxbury wants to help everyone start and grow a business
By The Boston Scope – Mar 22, 2021
Located in the heart of Nubian Square, the Center opened in 2015 as a nonprofit organization, functioning as a free event space for entrepreneurs and offering programs to guide the process of launching a business. Even operating virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, RIC guides entrepreneurs step-by-step through the process of establishing and launching their business.
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Retail Business Services Partners with Other Ahold Delhaize USA Companies, Venture Café Cambridge to Launch Third Annual Start-Up Immersion Program
By Retail Business Services – Mar 18, 2021
For the third year, Retail Business Services is partnering with other Ahold Delhaize USA companies and Venture Café Cambridge, a non-profit organization focused on growing inclusive entrepreneurship, to help early-stage entrepreneurs enter the retail grocery industry.
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How these female business leaders successfully pivoted when the pandemic hit.
By Boston Globe – Nov 06, 2020
COVID-19 and the shutdown have ravaged countless companies. But these leaders leveraged their skills to steady the ship — others can follow their lead.
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Mayor Walsh Announces Start Of Webos Week 2020, Providing Women Entrepreneurs With Resources For Navigating Covid-19 Related Business Needs.
By City of Boston – Oct 19, 2020
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor’s Offices of Economic Development and Women’s Advancement today announced the sixth annual Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WEBos) Week, a series of free, virtual events to support and promote women entrepreneurs throughout the City of Boston.
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Lessons from Apple, Tim Cook, and Democratizing Innovation with Daniel Vidaña.
By Lemon Widge – Oct 16, 2020
Dan and his team are determined to make entrepreneurship and innovation accessible to everyone. Dan spent a chunk of his illustrious Supply Chain career working directly with Tim Cook at Apple. Dan and I spoke about expanding access and opportunities for everyone that wants to be an entrepreneur. He is committed to maximizing people’s lives. The Innovation Studio is in the trenches everyday doing really important work.
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Venture Café New England Appoints New President and Announces Rebrand.
By Innovation Studio – Sep 15, 2020
Boston, MA — September 14th, 2020: Venture Café New England, a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) non-profit which has championed small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs by providing free services in New England for over 10 years, is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Vidaña as President, as well as a new name – Innovation Studio as it supports the movement for social equality.
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What is Innovation Studio?
Based in New England, Innovation Studio is an inclusive 501(c)(3) non-profit and the leader in offering free innovation services, through a constellation of virtual and physical community spaces. Over the years Innovation Studio has run 5,000+ program sessions, held 2800 office hour sessions, welcomed 250,000+ public lounge users and 265,000+ program attendees, and a social reach 67,000+.
What is Innovation Studio’s mission?
Our mission is to democratize innovation by cultivating relationships and providing resources for anyone to successfully launch and grow a business.
What is Innovation Studio’s vision?
We envision a world in which anyone can be an innovator.
What is the significance of the new name and logo?
The new mark combines a pair of activated forward pointed chevrons, with accent points that create the illusion of an X. X has a history of being used to symbolize an unknown quantity, therefore If X can stand for anything or anybody, then nothing and nobody is excluded by it. Innovation Studio looks to serve as the “Studio” for individuals to iron out a business idea, develop that concept, and execute their plan – in the same way an artist imagines a piece of music, visual art, drama, and then has to develop it through consistent effort and focus.
What does Innovation Studio offer?
Innovative programs: Free live and virtual programs that create impactful and inclusive pathways to collaboration. We democratize innovation by cultivating relationships and providing resources for anyone to successfully launch and grow a business.
Creative Event Spaces: Designed to inspire creativity, our spaces foster collaboration and make great ideas come to life. Our team ensures no detail has been overlooked and will assist you with tools for your event’s success. Host an event at our space and/or book a meeting.
Free Public Lounges: Our free, public lounges are open to innovators needing a convenient space to work and to connect; a place where people can work, exchange knowledge, build meaningful relationships, and make their ideas happen.