In my opinion, and for my events, I believe early stage founders discovered how to make connections to forward their business needs, during lock-down, in ways that do not involve getting together in person. They aren’t staying away out of fear, rather, they’re busy building their business and meeting people in person does not carry as high a value to them as it once did.
That’s why I am so amazed at the humility and hard work exhibited by the Venture Café – St. Louis team. They are unabashedly seeking out what stakeholders within the wonderful startup ecosystem need — and then they step up to put that in place!
Some changes are small — like shifting the Thursday Gathering time back by an hour. 3 to 8 is now 4 to 7. But it goes deeper than that. They’ve also streamlined the Thursday Gathering by shifting from monthly themes to a weekly cadence on a monthly basis. They’ve also teamed up with TechSTL for intense technology oriented programming at one of the weekly Gatherings every month! Also, after VenCaf closes down the ‘cool kids’ pop across the street to Aloft to keep things going, or pop out to a local restaurant for a bite. That’s awesome!
If you haven’t been to Venture Café in a while, you HAVEN’T been to Venture Café! Just don’t expect it to be the old Venture Café, rather, look for how in touch this group is with current realities in innovation. And if you don’t see what you need… step up to J.P., Christian, or Ebbi and tell them how you can help them bring it! I am certain they will accommodate.