Dudley Square

high tech startup accelerator

Smarter in the City

The Smarter in the City accelerator at Dudley Square will provide an unprecedented opportunity for local coders and computer programmers from underrepresented communities to develop their programs, apps and companies, while advancing personal technical and business skills.

A select group of entrepreneurs from Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan and neighboring communities will have access to a first class workspace, a well-connected network of high tech mentors, and will be showcased to investors and companies that can advance their startups ... and careers.

Dudley Square is currently being redeveloped into an important urban center in Boston, after decades of hardship. By introducing a growing and successful industry into the area, Smarter in the City intends to bolster the opportunity for neighborhood and community growth.

We want you to be part of this exciting space...

Launching in Roxbury --> Spring 2014





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Spring applications are now closed. But stay tuned for the next application period this Fall!


What is Smarter in the City

Smarter in the City is a high-tech accelerator network for inner city neighborhoods. We are specifically addressing the lack of opportunities for computer science and digital media entrepreneurs in lower-income neighborhoods and minority communities.

Smarter in the City is essentially a hybrid of the incubator and accelerator models - workspaces where new and innovative startup ideas can grow with supportive colleagues, dedicated mentorship, a tailored education curriculum and pre-seed funding! Our participants are early stage entrepreneurs who will have a short yet very intense time to advance their products.

By locating our workspaces in inner city neighborhoods and recruiting individuals or teams from communities that have been disproportionately left out of the high-tech world, Smarter in the City is expanding the startup scene beyond its ‘traditional’ market.

Our first accelerator is opening this spring in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury, next to one of the nation’s leading technology hubs. With high-tech startups now emerging in cities across the nation, we believe that the industry must also expand to neighborhoods that are only a few miles or subway stops from established tech clusters and venture capitalists.

We know that these neighborhoods - too often judged only by their economic troubles - are home to aspiring coders and programmers. Smarter in the City is providing the opportunity for these entrepreneurs to not just succeed, but strive!

If you have a great idea to develop, or know someone who does, Smarter in the City wants to know!

Dudley Square Startup Accelerator

The Smarter in the City accelerator at Dudley Square provides selected startup teams with 6 months of free workspace, professional mentorship, educational curriculum, office amenities and the use of several licensed software products.

We provide teams with up to three workstations and access to a shared meeting room.

Teams are matched with mentors to help guide the development of their product during their "residency" in the accelerator. In addition, several networking functions will be held to showcase startups and connect the teams to potential investors and partners.

Lastly, teams are provided with a modest stipend during the accelerator term allowing them to devote maximum time and effort to their product.

We are here to support an early and diverse set of startups and ideas and give them a boost into the great Boston high-tech scene.

Smarter in the City is opening in an exciting space in the heart of Dudley Square, near the Silver Line, Roxbury Crossing T and several major bus routes.


Gilad Rosenzweig

Founder and Executive Director

Gilad is an architect and urban planner with a global portfolio in the commercial, residential and industrial sectors. He has focused major efforts on the rejuvenation of urban areas in the U.S., particularly in inner-cities that have experienced decline and disinvestment. Recently he has been involved in studies and support for several infill development projects in Roxbury. Gilad holds professional degrees in architecture and a Master in City Planning from MIT.

Dina Kraft

Director of Communications

Dina is a journalist and writer with global reporting and research experience. She has also produced several articles and papers on the subjects of social justice, ad-tech, smart-cities and the global high-tech scene.


Michael Bar-SinaiHarvard IQSS

Joram BorensteinNICE Actimize

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