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VIRTUAL VENTURE CAFÉ

THURSDAY, JULY 9 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Venture Café Providence has joined our sister sites across the globe in converting to a digital format for the foreseeable future. Virtual Venture Café is everything you’ve come to love and expect from our in-person Thursday Gatherings, just online. Using the Zoom meeting platform. you’ll still have access to Office Hours, networking opportunities, panel discussions, lectures, business events, and MORE

Click on the Check In button above to enter Virtual Venture Café. The check in link will only be active during event time (EST). Upon completion of kiosk, you will be directed to join the featured program or explore our global networking space. 

Venture Café and District Hall were founded on the pillars of inclusivity and fostering impactful innovation for everyone’s benefit. And now, more than ever, we are re-committing ourselves to bringing people together at every level to do just that. Our new recurring programming “Innovation is for Everyone” will focus on supporting underrepresented innovators, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and everyone interested in connecting and collaborating by helping build networks with funders and resources.

“Innovation is For Everyone: Funding for Diversity” will focus on the importance of BIPOC-owned businesses and startups in relation to Rhode Island’s economic prosperity and connection-building between people of color, and the investors and funders responsible for angel and venture capital in New England.

THIS WEEK'S OFFICE HOURS ADVISORS

David Hirschman

MARKETING

Jessica Kerrigan

MARKETING

Jonathan Muniz

HEALTH

Jay Round

CONSULTING/STRATEGY

CAN'T GET ENOUGH THURSDAY GATHERINGS?

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QUESTIONS?

Due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19, Venture Café Providence has joined our sister sites across the globe in converting to a digital format for the foreseeable future. Virtual Venture Café is everything you’ve come to love and expect from our in-person Thursday Gatherings, just online. Using the Zoom meeting platform. you’ll still have access to Office Hours, networking opportunities, panel discussions, lectures, and MORE. After you check-in above, you’ll be able to access the evening’s sessions, office hours, and programming held at Venture Cafés across the globe. And don’t worry, by checking in virtually, you’ll still see your attendance number go up.

  • Click the “Check In” link at the top of this page to begin the check in process.
  • Our Venture Café Kiosk System will load and you will be prompted to type in your name and email address.
  • Upon completion of the kiosk check in, a new page will load and allow you to access the virtual program via Zoom.

If you don’t yet have a Zoom account, please go to Zoom.us and click on “Sign Up, It’s Free” at the top right corner. Enter an email address you wish to use and activate your account. Once your account is active, go to zoom.us/download and download “Zoom Client for Meetings.” Presenters, please note that you need to use the desktop application and not the browser application.

  • Enter the meeting room approximately 15 minutes before your session is scheduled to begin to test audiovisual.
  • Whenever possible, please avoid being backlit; good lighting, is KEY to your video feed looking good to the audience.
  • Test your video and mic in advance to ensure they are in good working order. Please see FAQs for recommended equipment, as needed.
  • One person speaking at a time will help Zoom enlarge the view of the current speaker. 
  • Participants will enter the room on mute. If you would like them to engage verbally, please remind them to take themselves off mute to ask a question and them place themselves back on mute when finished.
  • Encourage participants to ask questions during your session using the chat feature. We recommend pausing every 2-3 slides to answer questions from the Zoom chat. 

WHY THE MOVE TO TAKE EVENTS ONLINE?

The health and safety of our community comes first. Due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19, Venture Café Providence has decided that the best course of action is to go digital for the foreseeable future.

We encourage you to join us on this journey of learning and experimentation!

HOW LONG WILL EVENTS STAY VIRTUAL?

We have decided to stay on a digital platform for the foreseeable future until COVID-19 has been contained and we get the all-clear from the proper authorities.

WHEN ARE THE VIRTUAL EVENTS BEING HELD?

Please check out our Event Calendar for a list of all our upcoming events!

WANT A VIRTUAL BACKGROUND?

To change your virtual background in Zoom, click the up arrow next to the Stop/Start Video button on the lower left of the screen and select “Choose a Virtual Background. From there find the image of your preference and make that your background. 

WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED BROADCAST EQUIPMENT FOR SPEAKERS?

HD 1080P Webcam

Most laptops do not have HD 1080P webcams built it. We suggest you purchase and use an external webcam that meets these specs. Example: Logitech C920 1080P HD webcam, estimated price $70-$100.

Condenser Microphone

We suggest using a condenser mic to dramatically improve audio quality. Many USB output microphones are available. Examples include: Snowball Mic and Yeti nano, estimated price $60-$100.

Lighting

Please make sure that you are sitting in a high lighting area. We suggest using lighting, such as a selfie or halo ring light. Estimated price $20-$35.

Please contact our team at info@districthallprovidence.org with any comments or questions.

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