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Innovation Studio Programs

Our entrepreneurial programs democratize innovation through individualized pathways by providing access to the resources and skills entrepreneurs need to be successful.

Innovation Studio Programs

Our entrepreneurial programs democratize innovation through individualized pathways by providing access to the resources and skills entrepreneurs and business owners need to be successful.

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Learn New Skills From Experts

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Immersion Programs with Exclusive Industry Experts

Community Programs & Grants

Community Programs & Grants

Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business

The program is designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods build and sustain their businesses, with a focus on women-, minority- and immigrant-owned businesses in food-related industries. The program provides industry specific education, networks and mentoring as well as small capital grants for business owners.

Commonwealth Kitchen Programs

Commonwealth Kitchen believes in the power of food to build connections between individuals and build wealth for the business owners who have traditionally been left out of the food economy. Nearly 80% of our member companies are owned by women, immigrants, and/or people of color.

Greentown Labs Climatetech Startup Incubator

Greentown’s campus is nearly 100,000 square feet and is home to about 125 member companies, making it the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America. Greentown operations span three buildings in Somerville, MA, offering members the labs and resources they need to innovate.

Founder Institute Core Program

The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. It’s Core Program pushes founders at the idea and pre-seed stages to reach the milestones needed for investment and sustained growth. 

TiE Boston Programs

TiE Boston was founded as an organization “by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs.” Through mentoring, networking, funding, and education, TiE Boston empowers individuals to create economic growth and vibrant careers by building innovative businesses.

Greentown Labs Climatetech Startup Incubator

Greentown’s campus is nearly 100,000 square feet and is home to about 125 member companies, making it the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America. Greentown operations span three buildings in Somerville, MA, offering members the labs and resources they need to innovate.



ALPFA Boston

ALPFA Boston is deeply committed to the professional trajectories of the Latinx community, and while 2021 may have posed some challenges along the way, we maintained our vigor and passion for creating impact.

Boston Local Development Corporation (BLDC)

The Boston Local Development Corporation (BLDC), located in Boston, Massachusetts, works to increase employment opportunities for Boston residents by providing small business loans with a focus on commercial, industrial and service companies. The BLDC is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation governed by an independent board of trustees. The day to day operation of the program is provided by the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s Financial Services department. 


Branchfood is a launchpad for food innovation. By bringing together all corners of the industry through curated events, investments, shared workspaces, and advisory support, Branchfood connects innovators and fosters growth to transform the food industry.

Browning the Green Space

Browning the Green Space is a voluntary coalition of leaders and organizations, primarily in the New England region, that share the passion to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (“DEI”) in clean energy. Our goal is to increase the participation and leadership of Black and Brown people and of women (collectively, “underrepresented groups”) in the clean energy space and beyond (e.g., wasted food, water, agtech) in the Northeast.

Center for Women & Enterprise

The Center for Women & Enterprise is a nationally known nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses. CWE has worked with more than 65,000 Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont entrepreneurs since 1995. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) that focuses on assisting veterans, active-duty service members and their families with starting and growing their business.

City of Boston Small Business Development

Our team provides all small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance to successfully start, grow, and build a business in Boston.

Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp.

Our mission is to build a cohesive and resilient community in Codman Square and South Dorchester, develop affordable housing and commercial spaces that are safe and sustainable, and promote economic stability for low- and moderate-income residents of all ages.

City of Boston - EIN/ITIN Support

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity. The only kind of business that does not require getting an EIN is a sole proprietorship with no employees.

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative’s (DSNI) mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create and control a vibrant, diverse and high-quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners. – Dudley Street initiative mission statement

English for New Bostonians

The mission of English for New Bostonians is to ensure that immigrants can access high quality English classes to fully leverage their talents and voices across schools, workplaces, small business and civic life.


Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is accelerating economic and social impact in communities nationwide through inclusive entrepreneurship.


Works to remove social, cultural, and institutional barriers in order to facilitate and support an expansive and equitable artistic ecosystem where all voices thrive and where storytelling flourishes. This mission is essential because our collective voices have the power to shape a more just and connected world by revealing truths, transforming lives, and deepening human understanding.

Innovation Women

Our mission is to provide equal visibility opportunities for women, supporting career development, business success, thought leadership and diversity. We’re also here to help event managers avoid the all-male, all-pale and all-stale panels we see so often at industry conferences and events. We need more diversity onstage.

Kirkland & Ellis

Located in the heart of the Back Bay, Kirkland’s Boston office opened in 2017 and includes more than 100 lawyers focused on sophisticated transactions for private equity firms and public and private companies. Our lawyers in Boston advise private equity sponsors in the city and throughout New England across the entire lifecycle of a fund, drawing on Kirkland’s international network and world-class private equity platform to bring to bear the full resources of our diverse practices and experience for clients. In collaboration with local legal, business, academic and civic institutions, our tight-knit team in Boston is committed to contributing positively to the city and surrounding communities.

Latino Equity Fund

The Latino Equity Fund (formerly the Latino Legacy Fund), a unique partnership between local Latino leaders and the Boston Foundation (TBF), is the first Latino-focused fund in the Commonwealth. The Latino Equity Fund (LEF) uses its influence and platform to amplify diverse voices and perspectives within the Latino community and beyond in Greater Boston and the state, with a focus on achieving greater and more equitable access to economic prosperity and well-being.

LearnLaunch Institute

LearnLaunch Institute, a non-profit organization, is located in Boston, serving the education ecosystem in the New England region. We believe in high-quality, equitable teaching and learning for all students. We help unleash the power of innovation by empowering school & district leaders to embrace & manage change.

MA Small Business Development Center

The MSBDC is the leader in providing small business owners and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today’s challenging economic climate. We provide free and confidential one-to-one business advice to prospective and existing small businesses focusing on business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance as well as strategic, marketing and operational analysis. In addition, low-cost educational training programs are offered across the state targeted to the needs of small businesses. 

More Than Words

We work with youth, ages 16-24, who are in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless, out of school, parenting, or involved with the Department of Mental Health. At More Than Words, they earn a spot on our team running a successful $4M business, gain promotions, set and achieve personal goals, advocate for their rights, and learn skills to set them up for success in any career path they choose.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

NFTE ignites the entrepreneurial mindset with unique learning experiences that empower students to own their futures.

North Shore InnoVentures

NSIV is a non-profit technology incubator helping early-stage biotech and cleantech companies increase their probability of success.

Resilient Coders

We believe in social justice through economic empowerment, and in the opportunity for meritocracy in tech. This isn’t about one-off camps or hackathons. This is about  meaningful change.

Roxbury Main Streets

Through collaboration with residents, local businesses, developers, plus public and private agencies, our mission is to make Nubian Square a vibrant and inclusive commercial district that supports local and minority businesses, creates jobs for local residents and engages the community through neighborhood planning

  • We focus on making the maximum positive effort for our community. 
  • Our board members and volunteers provide the momentum that helps us affect change. 
  • Using data driven models, we provide solutions that make a long-lasting difference.
  • We take our convictions and turn them into action. Get in touch for more information!

Small Business Strong

Small Business Strong is a non-profit organization empowered to help women and minority owned small businesses navigate the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that our 650,000 Massachusetts small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and we have set out to provide best-in-class support where it’s needed most. Small Business Strong provides expedited, pro-bono resources to small businesses ranging from access to capital to consulting, business restructuring, business growth, digital marketing and customer engagement plans. You don’t need to work through these hard times alone, contact us today.

Black Economic Council of MA

The organization was born out of the singular desire to solve a growing crisis. A group of committed community leaders organized a mass meeting after the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston released “The Color of Wealth in Boston” report, which detailed the yawning racial wealth divide. That meeting, which took place at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge in Dorchester, rallied more than 700 Black Boston residents, all with a focus on solutions to the emergency that the report made plain. It was at this meeting and others that BECMA was born.

Boston Impact Initiative

The Boston Impact Initiative Fund has a unique role in the field of impact investing. Our fund is focused on economic justice, which means that we invest in opportunities for all people—especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system—to lead a dignified and productive life.

Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets

Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets (BGMS) is a non-profit organization that brings together local businesses, residents, and neighborhood organizations to support our business district and raise its profile by providing technical, financial, and design support.


Through transitional employment and financial empowerment, Breaktime works to break down barriers to job security, financial security, and–ultimately–housing security for our Associates.

BU BUild Lab

Located on Commonwealth Avenue, the BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center is home to Innovate@BU programs and is a space for innovators to launch ideas, develop innovation and entrepreneurship skills, and get inspired.


An organization that values their intellectual property as a strategic business asset turn to Caldwell IP. Our clients range from startups to industry leaders that expect personal attention, cost-consciousness, and rigorous attention to detail. Organizations choose Caldwell IP for our technical expertise, post-grant experience, and will convert innovation into defensible intellectual property. 

The Capital Network

We believe a more equitable funding ecosystem is possible and through supportive fundraising education, programming, community, mentorship and our network of 300+ investors, we are creating a more inclusive and accessible funding ecosystem to support female and other first-time founders of early stage startups with our founder-focused fundraising education programs.

City of Boston, Economic Opportunity + Inclusion

To make Boston a global model of economic equity for working people, entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors. Implementing sustainable practices that repair economic harm and help build generational wealth, fostering local talent and innovative ideas, creating thriving and healthy neighborhoods, establishing equitable procurement strategies, and strengthening the partnership between the City and local organizations. To enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of government, the quality of life for all Bostonians, and the experience of all visitors.

Dorchester Bay Economic Development

Dorchester Bay EDC acts to build a strong, thriving, and diverse community in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhoods. Working closely with neighborhoods, residents, businesses and partners, we access resources to: Develop & preserve home ownership and rental housing across income levels | Create and sustain economic development opportunities for businesses and individuals | Build community through organizing, civic engagement, and leadership development.

HarborOne Bank

Founded in 1917 to serve the growing financial needs of our local communities, HarborOne continues to honor and embrace its commitment to strengthen and empower the communities where our customers and employees live and work.

Junior Achievement of Northern New England

Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. The inspiration piece comes from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience. In the process, these volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves our proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business ownership.

Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston

Lawyers for Civil Rights works with communities of color and immigrants to fight discrimination and foster equity through creative and courageous legal advocacy, education, and economic empowerment. In partnership with law firms and community allies, we provide free, life-changing legal support to individuals, families, and small businesses. We focus on impact areas that represent the front lines in today’s battle for equality and justice. LCR is headquartered in Boston. We represent clients across Massachusetts and surrounding communities—and the impact of our life-changing work ripples across the country.


MassChallenge is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship through collaboration and development. We have more than a decade of experience accelerating startups, industry, and innovation ecosystems. We work across sectors to drive a stronger future through collaborative innovation.


NECEC is the premier voice of businesses building a world-class clean energy hub in the Northeast. NECEC includes the Northeast Clean Energy Council (a nonprofit business member organization), and NECEC Institute (a nonprofit focused on industry research, innovation, policy development, and communications initiatives). NECEC brings together business leaders and key stakeholders to engage in influential policy discussions and business initiatives while building connections that propel the clean energy industry forward.

New Commonwealth Fund

The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund (NCF) is a coalition of Black and Brown executives in Massachusetts who have come together to leverage our individual and collective power to work with community organizations and coalitions to address and eliminate systemic racism and racial inequity in our Commonwealth.

Pine Street Inn

Founded in 1969, Pine Street Inn provides a comprehensive range of services to 1400 homeless men and women each day. We are the largest homeless services provider in New England, and could not do this important work without the support of our donors and local community.Since that time we have been providing a comprehensive range of programs and services, including housing, emergency services, and workforce development. Our ultimate goal is to end homelessness by making permanent housing a reality for all.

Possible Zone

The Possible Zone’s Entrepreneurship Program is made up of four modules. Each module runs ten- to 12-weeks long and students attend two afternoons each week, either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. The sessions run from 4:00-6:30 p.m. Food is provided.

Prepare for VC

The Prepare 4 VC Oasis is the sum of all its parts, including a virtual Accelerator Program, a multitude of global conferences, live networking & pitch events, access to growth tools in personal wellness + professional skill development, critical business resource tools and communication pathways directly to investors, advisors, coaches, mentors and peers across a global stage.

Center for working familes

A Boston where all residents can access opportunities and resources critical for individual, family, and community wealth building and an improved quality of life. The Office of Financial Empowerment’s mission is to link those seeking financial security and wealth generation with access to capital, financial education, and financial services.

 Previously Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment.


RUNWAY provides Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs with early-stage “We believe in you” funding and holistic business support in order to bridge the racial wealth gap for Black people and their local communities. We provide affordable, patient, “friends and family” style funding, weekly coaching and a thriving community of support consisting of other entrepreneurs or color in the portfolio.


Scroobious empowers founders to create pitches that speak to investors and prepare for their next funding round or accelerator application. Scroobious’ mission is to create more investable founders and help investors discover them through a hyper-curated connection platform.

Uptima Entrepreneurs Cooperative

We provide holistic and culturally relevant education, advising and community to support diverse entrepreneurs in creating thriving businesses in service to their communities. Programs include: Be Your Own Boss Bootcamp, Launch. Academy, and Small Business Academy. 

Entrepreneurs and workers in Uptima have the opportunity to become owners of the cooperative. This structure provides a means for entrepreneurs to compound the wealth building activities of their businesses. Not only do our cooperative members own their businesses, but they own a piece of their business support provider. And through that, they are literally investing in past, present and future businesses in their community.

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“Despite fear, finish the job” – Kobe Bryant 

Be part of our community

Stay in the know, attend a program,

join a networking event.

“Despite fear, finish the job” – Kobe Bryant