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 is a civic innovation center that supports local economic development by encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. The Venture Café Foundation operates Roxbury Innovation Center (RIC) as a mission-driven not-for-profit gathering and event space. RIC is positioned as a platform: a local space that is available for groups to provide programming that supports innovators, entrepreneurs, and business founders.

In addition to working with many programming partners, Venture Café also produces programming to activate and connect our space to the innovation community locally, nationally, and internationally.

If you want to support the growth of new entrepreneurial ideas, we encourage you to consider Roxbury Innovation Center for your future plans.

Roxbury Innovation Center is a program of the Venture Café Foundation. We are excited to be sharing the Bolling Building with Boston Public Schools. We expect to be collaborating on innovative new programs with the BPS in the future.

The Venture Café Foundation believes that every person with an idea should feel empowered to become a successful entrepreneur. The Venture Café’s mission is to connect the innovation community, expand the definition of innovation, and build a more inclusive innovation economy. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships.  Please visit our website for more information about our other programs. The Venture Café Foundation is incorporated as a Massachusetts Not-for-Profit Corporation and is a 501 (c) 3 company.

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.

Blonde Beauchamp

Blonde recently returned to Boston after living in Ireland where she earned her MBA from the Michael Smurfit School of Business and subsequently worked at Vodafone Ireland. Her passions are in living a purposeful life; culture, particularly food & the arts; and entrepreneurship. She’s working on launching her Haitian specialty food business. You can find Blonde helping out at District Hall and getting lost in the views of the Boston Harbor.

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.