Why you should become a speaker
Connect
Connect with the Venture Café community of innovators, experts and maybe even investors or future clients.
Learn
Test your ideas, products and services and get genuine feedback from the Venture Café’s community of early adopters.
Share
Share your knowledge with eager minds and give back to the Venture Cafe Community.
Recognition
Build your personal and professional brand by positioning yourself as a thought leader in your field.
Play
Experiment, try new things and get inspired! Venture Café’s community is a great place to have fun with peers!
Propose a session
Have an idea you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you!

Please submit an application for every presentation you would like the Venture Café team to evaluate. If you have multiple ideas, then fill out the form for each individual idea, so we can review accordingly.

It will likely take up to 2-3 weeks for our team to consider the application and circle back with our thoughts. While we would love to book every submission, the spaces are limited, and only 30-40% of ideas will be selected. We will do our best to book at least 30 days in advance, to ensure you have time to prepare accordingly. Thank you for your interest!

Session Proposal Form
What type of session do you think this should be? (may select up to 2)
How would you describe your target market for this session? (may select up to 3)
What topical category would you put this presentation under? (May select up to 2)
What months are you interested in potentially presenting? (May select up to 2)

We want ideas that help people understand innovation on a broader and more applicable level.

Venture Café offers a reflection of the diverse, talented and entrepreneurial innovation community of St Louis and the region. Thursday Gatherings provide our innovation community with access to high-quality sessions and educational programming designed to create intentional spaces. Every Thursday startups, scale-ups, corporates, investors, talented individuals, and governmental organizations convene, connect, and build relationships at Venture Café.

Our goal is to provide our community with new, exciting, thought-provoking sessions to fuel conversation at Venture Café. We want ideas that help people understand innovation on a broader and more applicable level. Events should inject new ideas and perspectives into the conversation and enrich our thinking.

Please be aware, as of December 14th 2023, Venture Café St Louis paused its operations. You can read more in the News section below.