Roxbury Innovation Center (RIC) was created through a public-private partnership with the City of Boston and Venture Café Foundation. The mission is to support local economic development, in Greater Roxbury area 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 Café, 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.

Venture Café Foundation rebranded to Innovation Studio in 2020. To learn more about the motivated team and the generous partners and sponsors who make Roxbury Innovation Center possible, visit Innovation Studio’s website.