The Roxbury Innovation Center is a landmark project for the city of Boston. We support local economic development by encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.


We are fostering a strong, supportive, and accessible innovation community in Greater Boston. We build, strengthen, and connect individuals and communities of innovators while expanding access to resources, programming, and networks.


Innovation is present everywhere: in entrepreneurship, but also in the social sector + public service, in the creative economy, within larger corporations, and in the very fabric of human interaction. We believe that Innovation is for everyone and that anyone with an idea can become an Entrepreneur through applied effort and discipline. 



We are a program of the Venture Café Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Our mission is to broaden, connect, and support the innovation community through a public network of spaces and programs to help anyone with an idea succeed. To learn more about our other programs, please visit venturecafefoundation.org.

Our Sponsors

Venture Cafe Foundation gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the sponsor and grant partnerships that support Roxbury Innovation Center programs.

Founding Sponsors: the City of Boston, CICMicrosoft, and The Boston Foundation

2019-2020 Gold Sponsors and Grantors: Cummings FoundationComcastMicrosoft, and U.S. Economic Development Administration

2019-2020 Silver Sponsors and GrantorsBNY Mellon BankEastern Bank Charitable FoundationThe Boston Foundation, and Timothy Smith Network




We offer versatile event space designed to inspire creativity, foster collaboration, and make great ideas come to life. The Roxbury Innovation Center is a place to create connections and bring innovation to life. Learn more about hosting an event at The Roxbury Innovation Center.


Roxbury innovation Center is a platform for the innovation community to do things that have never been done before. Our programs and resources are designed to bring together diverse perspectives, build deep and meaningful connections, and develop effective and insightful solutions. Learn more about our programs + resources.




Director of District Hall, Acting Director of Roxbury Innovation Center

Dan is the Director at Venture Café Foundation’s District Hall Boston and Acting Director of Roxbury Innovation Center. Dan brings a true passion for engaging diverse entrepreneurial communities, with over 25 years of experience merging leadership, creativity and business insight with solid non-profit, start-up, consulting and corporate experience. Dan has held senior executive operations roles for market leaders such as Apple Inc., Universal Electronics, VeriFone and e-commerce marketplace ProvideCommerce. Dan holds a B.A. in Spanish from Santa Clara University, with a concentration in International Business and Latin American Studies. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, the movies and baseball games.



Senior Program Manager at Venture Café Foundation

Tara is the Senior Program Manager at Venture Café Foundation’s District Hall and Roxbury Innovation Center. She brings a diverse background to the foundation from experience working with and consulting for Fortune 500 companies, to being the founder of two businesses, Amber Blue Skincare and Tara Atwood Wellness.  Tara’s deep interest in Entrepreneurship, lead her to studying the effectiveness of Entrepreneurship as a tool to alleviate poverty in underdeveloped countries and communities. This passion encouraged her to travel to 27+ countries engaging in entrepreneurial cultures and communities around the world. She has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainability from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business in New York City and a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her free time, she enjoys sailing, meditating, kayaking and traveling.  She is also a Meditation + Yoga Teacher and Sound Therapist.

Christian Appia

Christian Appia

Program Coordinator at Venture Café Foundation

Christian is the Program Coordinator at Roxbury Innovation Center and District Hall.  He helps provide program support, data analysis, and data reporting in order to create a better experience for Venture Cafe affiliates. You can find him helping plan and set up for events, crunching numbers, and helping create efficient business processes at District Hall and the Roxbury Innovation center during the week. In his free time, he enjoys reading, going to shows and art museums, and writing. Christian received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainable Community Development and his Master’s in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.



Event Sales Manager at Venture Café Foundation

As the Event Sales Manager, Rachael leads the booking of meeting and event spaces at District Hall and Roxbury Innovation Center. You can find her setting up rooms, giving site tours, and connecting with members of the innovation community. In addition to her love for attention to details and organization, Rachael enjoys exploring the outdoors, including camping, kayaking, and playing field hockey. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Hospitality Management from Endicott College.



Event Sales Coordinator at Venture Café Foundation

Jenna is the Events Coordinator at District Hall and Roxbury Innovation Center. She has strong non-profit project management experience working in museums and libraries, and aims to bring joy to people through her work. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys painting, hiking, and traveling. Jenna holds a B.A. in Archaeology from Dickinson College, and a M.A. in Museum Studies from University of East Anglia. 



Marketing + Community Outreach Co-op at Venture Café Foundation

Christian is responsible for creating the weekly newsletters and marketing collateral, along with managing the social media platforms for District Hall and the Roxbury Innovation Center. He is a second-year undergraduate student at The Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business, where he is pursuing a B.S. degree in Communication Studies and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Photojournalism. He also works as a Resident Assistant for a first-year community on campus. In his free time, he enjoys taking pictures at Northeastern University sporting events and finding new places to explore in Boston. 



Head Of Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy at Venture Café Foundation

Ruth is Head of Corporate Engagement and Philanthropy of Venture Café Foundation New England. Ruth holds an MBA from INSEAD and a master’s from the University of Cambridge. Please contact Ruth Saunders to sponsor at 1(860)-287- 2000 or email at Ruth.saunders@vencaf.org.

Faysal Abueljebain

Faysal Abueljebain

Programming Assistant Intern at Venture Café Foundation

Faysal is an upcoming graduate from Northeastern’s D’Amore McKim School of Business. He is from Kuwait, and a citizen of the world. He has a passion for entrepreneurship, and believes in going above and beyond to help the ones around us in finding their unique, “personal legends.” He is passionate, meticulous, and observant. You can catch him reading a book, playing soccer, learning about the latest innovations, kayaking (when the weather allows it), hiking, traveling, listening to music, and talking to while appreciating people. 


The Roxbury Innovation Center's unique model allows us to reinvest revenue from site fees back into the community through free, public workspace and discounted event space.

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