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Cambridge, MA 02142

December 14, 2017

3:00 – 8:30 PM


Social + Impact Connect 2017

Save the date for Venture Cafe’s Social + Impact Connect mini-conference, “Doing Well by Doing Good”, taking place on December 14, 2017.

Social + Impact Connect recognize and celebrate innovators and companies looking to solve big problems as ‘social impact’ or ‘impact enterprises’. This special ‘conference night’ event seeks to bring together the brightest minds who are building, funding and innovating to Solving the world’s toughest problems in the Greater Boston area.

Come prepared to not only hear the best ideas and see the latest technologies but also to participate in building social and impact innovation.

Check below for opportunities to participate. Check this page frequently for additional details about this event as they become available.


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3:00 – 8:30 PM   NETWORKING

3:00 – 5:00 PM   OFFICE HOURS






Office Hours


Early stage ventures and prospective entrepreneurs have an opportunity to sign up for Office Hours during this event. Entrepreneurs may sign up for 30-minute consultations with a variety of experts.

Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis. Any cancellations will require 48-hour notification in order to accommodate entrepreneurs who have been placed on a wait-list. No-shows are frowned upon in the VenCaf community and we reserve the right to disallow future appointments for repeat offenders.

Sign up for Office Hours here:




Youth CITIES - Social Impact Mini-Hack (4:30 - 6:00)

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What is the role of education in society, and what is the role of community in education?  Education has great social importance that relevant to everyone, regardless if you have kids in the school system or not.  But what is the best way for all stakeholders – students, teachers, local companies and residents – to communicate and engage so that we as a society can produce great thinkers and really improve the world. Join Youth CITIES to hear some of the challenges from a local public school and particilpate in an intimate “brain- hack”.  Space is limited, please RSVP here:

Vicky Wu Davis, moderator
Executive Director and Founder

Fireside Chat with Dr. Richard Rowe (5:30 - 6:30)

Fireside Chat with Dr. Richard Rowe of Open Learning Exchange, moderator Tim Rowe



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Dr. Richard Rowe, Founder & CEO, Open Learning Exchange



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Tim Rowe, Founder & CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center & Venture Café


Dr. Richard Rowe is Founder and CEO of the Open Learning Exchange (OLE). A licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts, he has served as Associate Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, as Director of Harvard’s interfaculty Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice, and as Chair of the Harvard Center for Studies in Education and Development. Dr. Rowe served as the Director of the Test Development and Research Office of the West African Examinations Council and has served as a member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, Chair of the Statewide Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Office for Children, as Chair of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and as President of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation. He is on the Board of the Small Planet Institute and is the Publisher of the Small Planet Media.He received his B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, an M.A. in Psychology of Religion from Boston University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Clinical Psychology.

Open Learning Exchange is committed to ensuring that everyone, especially youth, has access to a high quality basic education. Working with nation-based partners, we use innovative, open information technologies to empower communities, disrupted by poverty and violence, with the knowledge and leadership skills they need to enable their people, to thrive, particularly their girls and young women. Our mission is to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to quality education that engenders a personal sense of power, meaning and connection leading to more productive lives and sustainable communities. OLE seeks to move from education for some to learning for all, integrating technologically innovative solutions to inspire personal, community centered, connected learning.

Social + Impact Demos (5:30 PM - 8:00 PM)

Venture Cafe demos are a great way to gain exposure through our on-line and offline channels. During our Social + Impact Connect event, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s startups, inventors and researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to the Boston community

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Sustainability Collaborative (6:30 - 7:30)

Sustainability Collaborative: Transcending Sustainability – What’s Next?

The sustainability movement continues to evolve, yet without a clear vision forward, it’s unclear what fundamental element is holding us all together. What do we collectively need to foster solutions? Where should we focus our efforts to keep the movement alive?

The Sustainability Collaborative was spurred as an outgrowth of the Sustainability unConference and aims to provide an ongoing platform for collaboration, connections, and solutions generation. Rotating sustainability advocates are given the chance to facilitate group discussion around central sustainability themes ranging from hunger alleviation to impact investing. The goal is to raise awareness within the innovation community while strengthening the social impact ecosystem.

Hosted monthly as part of The Venture Café Foundation’s Café Night at Kendall gathering. Tonight’s session led by:

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John Gravelin, Project Manager, Linnean Solution


Please reach out to Sierra Flanigan.

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Next Level Business Forum (6:30 - 7:30)

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Ted Chan, CEO, CareDash

Ted Chan, CEO, CareDash

Next Level Business Forum is pleased to announce this month’s speaker, CEO of, Ted Chan. aims to bring transparency to healthcare by listing doctors’ receipts of pharmaceutical company payments and/or grants on their intro pages. This feature alone has an immediate and beneficial “social impact” on both sides of the doctor-patient interaction due to greater responsiveness in doctors’ treating patients as valued “customers” of healthcare and ultimately away from its perennial “crisis”-mode. makes advocacy in this area immediate and personal; so, effectively each of us can become “an army of one” in addressing our own individual needs in this vastly important area of our lives.

Next Level Business Forum offers “expertise for innovation”. The forum brings together business-owners, -coaches, and -service-providers, for enlightened discussions. Each participant, expert in his own field, benefits from the others’ perspectives.

Bring your hardest problems and collaborate with other entrepreneurs and experts in a group setting. Owners and Experts break into groups for an idea-sharing round.


Interested in sponsoring Social + Impact Connect? Please contact Chandra Briggman at for details.