Venture Cafe St. Louis to Open Innovation Hall at Cortex

By on April 16, 2018

From EQ:  Scheduled to open mid-2018, Venture Café’s Innovation Hall will be the first civic innovation center in the Midwest geared toward entrepreneurs and innovators. Innovation Hall will be comprised of the Civic Lounge, a free and open drop-in workspace; The Chocolate Pig, a new concept restaurant and café; and reserved event and meeting space for 4 to 300+ person gatherings.

The launch of Innovation Hall doubles down on Cortex’s mission of building and supporting a community of innovators and entrepreneurs that will establish the St. Louis region as a nationally and internationally recognized technology hub. Dennis Lower, President & CEO of the Cortex Innovation Community, says, “Creative, communal spaces are essential placemaking elements that facilitate and accelerate tech company formation, generate buzz and excitement, and make us want to come early and stay late. This is a key next step in our efforts to build a St. Louis regional community of innovators.”

Civic Innovation Space

Modeled after the success of Venture Café’s District Hall in Boston, Innovation Hall is a mission-driven initiative committed to expanding innovation across the community. It will be a unique space defined by its civic nature and as a gathering place for all kinds of entrepreneurs—startups, educators, nonprofits, government, artists, corporates and the community at large—with no barriers to entry.

“Creating a civic innovation space is just as vital to the St. Louis community as is attracting the presence of companies like Microsoft and Square. Through the combination of events, food, and community, Innovation Hall will increase the density of talent sharing and learning which Venture Café has created through its weekly gatherings,” says Tyler Mathews, Executive Director of Venture Café St. Louis.

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