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

Alessandra Brown

Alessandra is the Director at Roxbury Innovation Center. Originally from Boston, Alessandra has always been interested in the entrepreneurial spirit of the city. She previously worked for the Boston Public Schools and is passionate about creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to learn and grow. She is also working on starting a production company. Alessandra holds a Master’s Degree from California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College.

Netia McCray

Netia is the Manager of our Fab Lab @ Roxbury Innovation Center and Entrepreneur in Residence. Netia founded Mbadika, which means “idea” in the North Angolan language of Kimbundu. Mbadika focuses on fostering ideas and those who create them through our educational workshops and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kits to equip aspiring young innovators and entrepreneurs around the world. Since its launch, Mbadika has assisted over 250 students in the launch of over 35 hardware and software start-ups. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


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