Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New "Boston Innovation Center" Breaks Ground


Mayor Menino celebrated the groundbreaking of "Boston's Public Innovation Center" as a complement to MassChallenge and the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Boston's Innovation District. The facility will be a one-story, 12,000 square foot building with 9,000 square feet of modular meeting and even space, and a 3,000 square foot restaurant and test kitchen. The Center will be outfitted with vital assets to innovation companies, including video studios, hi0tech conference rooms, and modular meeting and gathering spaces.

Tim Rowe, founder of Cambridge Innovation Center, will curate vibrant programming for the center, including training and mentorship for entrepreneurs, networking and relationship building activities, spaces to test new concepts, and opportunities to showcase innovative businesses and ideas. At the groundbreaking he noted that job growth comes from new startups, that startups required three elements: an idea, talent, and capital, and that the hard part was in bringing the three elements together. Describing the facility as "Microsoft NERD-like" he expressed excitement for using the space to catalyze new start-ups.

MassTLC shares this excitement and looks forward to the opening of the center in six short months.

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