Event FAQs

Availability + Booking

What is Roxbury Innovation Center? What does my event support?

A nonprofit civic innovation center, Roxbury Innovation Center is operated by the Venture Café Foundation. Rental of our spaces directly helps to support our mission of fostering a strong, connected innovation community through expanding access to resources, public programming, and networks. We believe innovation is for everyone and are here to help anyone with an idea succeed.

What type of Events doES RIC typically book?

We have hosted board meetings, trainings, team retreats, graduations, networking events, cocktail parties, and more! Our space is all about innovation — let us know what you’re thinking and we’ll work with you to make it happen!

How can I check availability for a particular date?

Submit an event request form and our event manager will typically get back to you within one business day with availability!

How Does The Reservation Process work?

In order to place a soft hold on the space, please submit an event request form online. Our event manager will typically get back to you within one business day with a quote. Unless your event is within the next two weeks, we are usually able to offer a two-week complimentary hold period. Spaces are not confirmed until we have received a signed contract and full payment.

Do you offer discounts to NonProfits or Startups?

Yes! We are able to offer an initial 25% discount to all nonprofits and startups. Any additional discount requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. You are able to apply for a discount once you receive an initial proposal from your event manager. 

Event Logistics + Technology

What Is Included With The Room Rental?
  • Free WiFi
  • Access to onsite staff support
  • Set-up and breakdown time
  • Our in-house AV: projector with HDMI and VGA inputs, Bose speakers, and reservable microphones
  • IdeaPaint walls + dry erase markers (you can write directly on our walls!) 
  • Furniture: chairs, classroom tables, and podium

If you have additional A/V needs, you can consult our recommended vendors list

 

What Are the a/V Capabilities of Your Space?

All projectors can be connected via HDMI or VGA inputs. Please bring your own laptop +  adaptors (if required). If you have additional A/V needs, such as recording, lavalier mics, uplighting, etc., please bring your own or connect with one of our recommended A/V vendors.

Is Your Space Accessible?

The Roxbury Innovation Center is located within the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, fully accessible building with easy access to Boston’s MBTA. 

I am interested in Booking a multi-Day event. Can I leave the Room as-is overnight?

Yes, if the space is available you are able to leave items in the space overnight for an additional fee.

DO you have Caterer, A/V, Entertainment, and Hotel Recommendations?

Yes! Please consult our recommended vendor list which includes a list of caterers, A/V and entertainment companies, and local hotels which our clients have used before and have had great experiences with! You are welcome to use someone not on our list (and if you love them let us know so we can add them!). If you are interested in ordering catering from a group not on this list, please provide your event manager with proof of insurance from whichever restaurant you choose to order from. 

Is There Parking or Public Transport Nearby?

For events under 2 hours, there is free street parking at the municipal lots at 44 Warren Street and 30 Ruggles Street. Washington Street also has free 2-hour street parking.  The 2-hour limit is in effect until 6PM Monday – Saturday. 

For events longer than 2-hours, we recommend utilizing public transport or ride-sharing apps. The Bolling Building is adjacent to the Dudley MBTA Station with bus and Silver Line connections to Downtown, South Station, Kenmore, Cambridge, and Dorchester.  RIC is also about a 15-minute walk to the Orange Line. 


There is also a parking garage at 63 Northampton Street which is about a 13-minute walk away. 

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