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 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 in July 2014 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 entrepreneurs. Smarter in the City is providing them the opportunity not just to succeed, but to strive!