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Announcing OpenCoffee Club in Cambridge

Saul Klein started the OpenCoffee Club just about two years ago with an initial gathering in London. As I’ve mentioned before, Cambridge is one of the other hearts of entrepreneurial ventures in the UK and Europe. About 10% of venture capital across Europe is invested in Cambridge. (A city of just 80,000 people if you don’t include students.)

What Cambridge doesn’t have right now is a regular place to meet fellow entrepreneurs. While organisations like the Cambridge Network and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and Judge Business School all run events with some excellent networking afterwards, there are no regular events.

The OpenCoffee Club in Cambridge is meant to help change this. As Saul described in his first post on the idea:

This is an attempt to establish recognized, open and regular meeting places where entrepreneurs can meet with investors (and anyone else who fancies coming along) in a totally informal setting.

The key is a regular place and a regular time – it’s not important who comes along, some days it might be no one – just that people know if they want to meet, this is the time and this is the place.

We want to create some density for people — a few places where people know they can meet or bump into others.

Think of OpenCoffee Cambridge as office hours for entrepreneurs and investors. It’s simply a regular, weekly time to get together to demonstrate what you’re working on, discuss current challenges, and pitch your ideas.

When and Where?

The first OpenCoffee Cambridge will be held this Thursday, February 19th from 10am-noon at Caffe Nero on King’s Parade. (Directly across from King’s College Chapel.) Click here to see the Upcoming invite.

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This day/time is far from set in stone… if attendees (or people that want to but can’t) have strong feelings for or against it, please feel free to comment here or contact me directly. Or better yet, come along to talk about it!

I really look forward to the very first OpenCoffee Cambridge this Thursday, and hope you can come along. If you’d like to hear about future OpenCoffee Cambridge events, please join the group on Upcoming. (I hope to shift this and make it a Meetup Group soon.)

  • Sounds like a really good idea.
    If I'm available I might pop along just to see what people are talking about.
    I'm sure Caffe Nero will be happy too! Heh.

  • edschofield

    Hi Jed,

    I was planning to make a similar announcement at Enterprise Tuesday next week. I assume you've talked to Tom and the OpenBeer crowd? The timing would be an amazing coincidence otherwise. Anyway, great that OpenCoffee Cambridge is now happening.

    I suggest an evening timeslot for the regular meetups; then entrepreneurial people already busy at startups or high-tech companies can come along too. I know the London OpenCoffee meets happen on Thursday mornings, but I think a weekday morning timeslot would limit its appeal to students and those just starting out.

  • Thanks, Dom… would be great to see you there!

  • Actually, I've only recently heard about OpenBeer. Would like to hear more…

    I think we'll come to an agreement on a time/day once we start meeting… I started with a weekday morning based on the London model; they've had quite strong attendance from both entrepreneurs and students from what I've seen, despite the time of day. My thought was that if it was at night, you might get more “hangers-on” and fewer actual entrepreneurs. But I'm not trying to run it… I'm just trying to kick-start what's already here! Whatever is best for everyone involved is what should happen in the future.

  • Great idea Jed,
    I've been before in the Opencoffee in Lille, France, it's a great way to meet.
    cheers,

  • edschofield

    Hi Jed,

    I was planning to make a similar announcement at Enterprise Tuesday next week. I assume you've talked to Tom and the OpenBeer crowd? The timing would be an amazing coincidence otherwise. Anyway, great that OpenCoffee Cambridge is now happening.

    I suggest an evening timeslot for the regular meetups; then entrepreneurial people already busy at startups or high-tech companies can come along too. I know the London OpenCoffee meets happen on Thursday mornings, but I think a weekday morning timeslot would limit its appeal to students and those just starting out.

  • Thanks, Dom… would be great to see you there!

  • Actually, I've only recently heard about OpenBeer. Would like to hear more…

    I think we'll come to an agreement on a time/day once we start meeting… I started with a weekday morning based on the London model; they've had quite strong attendance from both entrepreneurs and students from what I've seen, despite the time of day. My thought was that if it was at night, you might get more “hangers-on” and fewer actual entrepreneurs. But I'm not trying to run it… I'm just trying to kick-start what's already here! Whatever is best for everyone involved is what should happen in the future.

  • Great idea Jed,
    I've been before in the Opencoffee in Lille, France, it's a great way to meet.
    cheers,

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