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December 16th, 2013

FAQ: Co-working Spaces

Have a question about the Innovation District? Chances are someone else has the same one. For our FAQ series, we’ve compiled some of our most common questions about events, housing, and business development information. Have a more specific question? Contact us or sign up for office hours to speak with our Innovation District Manager.

This week, we’re covering co-working and shared spaces.

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Q: I’m developing a start-up and need space to work. What kind of spaces are available?
You’ve come to the right place! Collaboration is key to the success of the Innovation District, which is home to many work space options. In fact, 40% of our new companies share space in co-working spaces and incubators. Space with Soul, Bocoup Loft, HQ, and WorkBar are options for those looking to temporarily lease co-working space, and have access to a shared pool of amenities, like conference rooms, office supplies, and internet and tech connections. OuterSpaces provides listings for companies looking to lease a portion of their space for those looking for a dedicated desk in an office environment. Our Resources page has a full list of workspaces in the Innovation District.

Just in the area for a meeting? Need a casual place to sit and answer emails? We’ve got space for that, too! Stop by Factory 63, Barrington’s Coffee, Marriott Residence Inn on Congress, the Seaport Hotel, or District Hall.

Located at 75 Northern Avenue, District Hall is the world’s first free-standing public innovation center, and opens in Fall 2013. District Hall will provide a great space for networking, events, working alone or with others, pop-up shops, and workshops.

If you’re looking for more permanent space for your company, there are lots of office buildings in the area with longer term leases available. The City of Boston can provide support in your search for space, so reach out to us.

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December 9th, 2013

FAQ: Entertainment

Have a question about the Innovation District? Chances are someone else has the same one. For our FAQ series, we’ve compiled some of our most common questions about events, housing, and business development information. Have a more specific question? Contact us or sign up for office hours to speak with our Innovation District Manager.

This week, we’re covering out-of-work entertainment.

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There are tons of networking events in the ID


Q: Are there any fun things to do in the Innovation District?
Yes! The Innovation District isn’t just for work. The area is home to great restaurants, cultural amenities (like the ICA and the Boston Children’s Museum), concerts at the Bank of America Pavilion, tours at Harpoon brewery, and sailing at Fan Pier Marina. Visit our blog every Monday for a weekly list of activities and to see what fun events are going on each week in the Innovation District. Still need more things to do? Check out the Boston’s New Waterfront calendar.

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December 3rd, 2013

FAQ: Networking

Have a question about the Innovation District? Chances are someone else has the same one. For our FAQ series, we’ve compiled some of our most common questions about events, housing, and business development information. Have a more specific question? Contact us or sign up for office hours to speak with our Innovation District Manager.

This week, we’re covering networking.

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There are tons of networking events in the ID


Q: I’m looking to network with companies similar to mine. Where should I start?
Attend as many events as possible! Make sure to check our blog every Monday for a weekly list of upcoming events in the Innovation District. A hackathon, a panel on urban agriculture, or an evening meetup for women in the start-up community are just a few examples of the wide range of events that take place every day.

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November 26th, 2013

FAQ: Events

Have a question about the Innovation District? Chances are someone else has the same one. For our FAQ series, we’ve compiled some of our most common questions about events, housing, and business development information. Have a more specific question? Contact us or sign up for office hours to speak with our Innovation District Manager.

This week, we’re covering events.

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An event held at MassChallenge


Q: I’d like to host an event in the Innovation District. What do I need to do?
We think it’s great that you want to host an event in the Innovation District! We have an extremely engaged and interested community always looking to attend new events. There are few steps that may be helpful to follow in order to successfully plan your event:

1. Find a venue. If you don’t have one in mind, take a look at a list of potential venues on our Resources page.
2. Line up speakers! Whether it’s a panel, roundtable discussion, or a keynote, identify who you’d like to speak at your event, and reach out to them in advance. Need some advice first? Sign up for office hours to speak with our Innovation District Manager.
3. Get food and coffee. It’s always a good idea to provide refreshments at events. For a list of local restaurants, caterers, and coffee shops, head on over to our Resources page.
4. Lots of outreach. Take advantage of your contacts, networking, and social media to publicize your event as much as possible. We can help with this, too. Just tweet some info at us @IDBoston, and we’ll share with our network.
5. If you have another questions or need help, feel free to contact us!

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November 20th, 2013

Access to Capital Workshop

On November 22, 2013, the BRA’s Business Development team will offer a free Access to Capital Workshop at District Hall in Boston’s Innovation District. The workshop is aimed at entrepreneurs, startups, and growing small businesses that are navigating the complex world of capital access, and will cover equity financing, bank financing, and other early stage capital alternatives.

Speakers will include Ted Acworth, Founder and CEO of Artaic, a MassChallenge winning company; Mark Allio, the Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center at UMass Boston; Ben Littauer of Boston Harbor Angels and Walnut Ventures; and Shereen Shermak, CEO of Launch Angels. The discussion will be moderated by Rich Pellagrini of the BRA Business Development Division.

Register here!
Fee: Free
Address: District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
Date: Friday, November 22, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

[Photo credit to Gustav Hoiland of Flagship Photo.]

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