Roxbury Innovation Center is a landmark project for the city of Boston.

This project supports local economic development by encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.

What is Roxbury Innovation Center?

Roxbury Innovation Center (RIC) was created through a public-private partnership with the City of Boston and Venture Café Foundation, our mission is to support local economic development, in Roxbury, by empowering and guiding innovation and entrepreneurship, as viable career options. Since opening in late 2015, RIC has provided a diverse variety of resources for small business owners of all stages and industries, through instructional workshops and courses, networking events, and office hour mentorship.

Centrally located in the heart of Boston, Roxbury Innovation Center shares the historic Bruce C. Bolling Building with Boston Public Schools’ central offices and several retailers. Roxbury Innovation Center partners with food retailers in Dudley Square in order to provide catering services for scheduled events and meetings. A noteworthy provider is Dudley Dough, an initiative of Haley House’s economic inclusion program.

Roxbury Innovation Center is able to provide low to no cost programming due to the generous support of our Founding Sponsors: the City of Boston, CIC, Microsoft, and the Boston Foundation; our Silver Sponsors the Timothy Smith Network, Fab Foundation, Verizon Foundation, MassTech Collaborative, and Haworth. 

The Team

Kevin Wiant

Kevin is Executive Director of Venture Café Foundation Boston.  Previously, Kevin has been on the management teams of several early-stage companies in the mobile, telecommunications, web, software and semiconductor industries, including Comverse, Boston Technology, AirWide, Technology Concepts, Telelogic, Wolfdata and Mostek.  His executive roles have been in business development, sales, marketing, product management and corporate development.  Kevin has extensive international expertise, having taken over 170 trips to over 30 countries.  He also serves on the Boards of the MIT Enterprise Forum and Mobile Monday Boston.

Phernegize ‘Gia’ Manigat

Gia was born in Haiti, later came to Boston at 9 years old and has always had a passion for creating and helping others create. As the STEM Programs Manager, she builds experiences for Boston and particularly the community of Roxbury where she encourages all folks of all ages to become innovators in their own way. Having obtained a Bachelors in Industrial Design and Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she comes from a background of an artist, a designer, and an overall maker. Besides 3D printing or laser cutting, you can find Gia painting, buying tickets to concerts, constantly traveling or enjoying diversity events in her community.

Herb Lozano

Herb is our Marketing and Events Coordinator.

Meet our Interns!

Jameson Francios

Jameson is our Senior Intern and lead teacher for our Sketching 101 course.

Rashawn Holder

Rashawn is our new Intern from Boston Green Academy.

Hello, my name is Rashawn Holder and I’m currently a high school senior at Boston Green Academy. I am a self-taught artist and I’ve been drawing for 12 years. Hopefully, in the fall, I will be attending Lesley University for a Bachelors degree in Animation and Motion Media. I’ve lived in Boston all my life and I love the people in it. In my free time, I like to play video games and go to the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club in Roxbury.

Brandon Evans

Brandon is our new Intern from Boston Green Academy.


Innovation is always a collaborative process, and we are grateful to our sponsors and partners for their creativity, generosity and support.