THE CHALLENGE.  Bringing Innovation to our Neighborhoods.

The growth of the innovation economy has created a rich network and abundance of resources for startup entrepreneurs across the City of Boston, but start-ups are still challenged with the need to test and deploy their ideas with potential customers who are often businesses or residents living in the Boston area.

In addition, the growth of accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces across Boston has demonstrated the potential a number of start-up clusters to exist in Boston, but has also fragmented the startup community into a variety of separate locations.

In these two cases, Boston’s neighborhoods represent  a challenge and an opportunity to extend and grow Boston’s innovation economy.

What models might best drive deeper interaction between innovative start-ups and the residents and businesses of Boston, helping to create Boston as a start-up lab?