IEEE Foundation

Bringing Entrepreneurs and Investors Together

5:30 pm
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

Bringing Entrepreneurs and Investors Together


Winston Salem SkylineA presentation on the Venture Cafe Winston-Salem will be held on June 13, 2018.
Every Venture Cafe site works together to connect innovators nationally and internationally. There are currently five sites that touch more than 100,000 innovators, entrepreneurs and investors each year.
Karen is the founding executive director of Venture Cafe Winston Salem where she is responsible for building and leading the organization’s growth in the Piedmont Triad. Venture Cafe Winston-Salem seeks to align, amplify and accelerate the local innovation and entrepreneurship economy.


5:30 – 5:50 PM     Socializing, pizza, cookies & coffee, speaker set up.

5:50 – 6:00 PM     Announcements

6:00 – 7:00 PM     “Bringing Entrepreneurs and Investors Together” by Karen Barnes



A Winston-Salem native, Karen has been an entrepreneur since grade school when she picked vegetables from her dad’s garden and sold them around the neighborhood from her red wagon. Prior to joining Venture Cafe, Karen worked as the founder of her own marketing and communications consulting firm, founding partner and director of operations for an artificial intelligence startup, and strategic lead for several advertising agencies.
She’s a natural connector and former journalist who loves nothing more than a good story followed by a hearty laugh.
Karen has a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from The American University, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Hollins University.
By the way, her dad is a retired biomedical engineer; she grew up with IEEE magazines around the house and once told her dad she wanted to build a “short circuit” for her science fair project.

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