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Today's the first day to visit Venture Café 'prototype' in Kendall Square

Posted by Scott Kirsner  March 4, 2010 12:39 PM

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This afternoon is your first chance to check out a "prototype" of a new gathering spot for entrepreneurs called The Venture Café.

From 2 PM to 5 PM every Thursday for the next twelve weeks, the Cambridge Innovation Center is turning one of its kitchen/lunch areas on the 11th floor into a small version of the café that CIC chief executive Tim Rowe hopes to open soon in its own Kendall Square space. 

For the next dozen Thursdays, café manager Carrie Stalder will be welcoming customers and working out the kinks. And a dozen local venture capitalists are holding office hours in the space, meeting with entrepreneurs. Today, it's Michael Greeley of Flybridge Capital Partners; next week it's Jon Auerbach from Charles River Ventures. But even if you don't have an office hours slot, Rowe says you're welcome to stop by the CIC (at One Broadway in Cambridge) and check it out. 

Here's a bit more background on the café and the office hours from Xconomy, and here's the original post I wrote about the café concept last May.

(Disclosure: I've participated in several of the planning meetings Rowe has organized to solicit input about the eventual café, though I have no other involvement with the business.)

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