Dudley Square

high tech startup accelerator

Smarter in the City

The Smarter in the City accelerator at Dudley Square provides an unprecedented opportunity for local entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities to develop their programs, apps and companies, while advancing technical and business skills.

A select group of startups from Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and neighboring communities will have access to a first class workspace, a well-connected network of high tech and business 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 following 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...

First cohort now in residence !

What is Smarter in the City

Smarter in the City is a high-tech accelerator in Roxbury. We are specifically addressing the lack of opportunities for computer science and digital media entrepreneurs in inner-city 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 Roxbury 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 accelerator is now open in Dudley Square in Boston, 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!

Dudley Square Accelerator

The Smarter in the City accelerator at Dudley Square provides selected startup teams with five months of free workspace, professional mentorship, educational curriculum, and office amenities

We provide teams with an average of two 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.

Our Startups


Discover and buy the latest trends in fashion, sneakers and gadgets worn by your favorite athletes.

Our team of fashion experts, stylists and trendsetters curate outfits worn by popular athletes and instantly make them shoppable. Our main goal is to help fans look their best tastefully and affordably.

PracticeGigs is a job site for athletes. It provides aspiring athletes with the ability to achieve their performance goals affordably while helping more advanced athletes monetize their free time by paying them for practice time.

Mbadika fosters youth-driven innovation and entrepreneurship in the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa, using a set of electronic toolkits to ignite new ideas and designs by young makers.

Storymap Solutions is developing web-based tools for storytellers. Their current product, HeadThought, is a customizable video-feedback application that journalists, politicians and researchers can use to gage public opinion and thought

KillerBoomBox is a multi-media publishing brand that focuses on documenting the music, lifestyle and culture of urban communities.


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. 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.


Michael Bar-SinaiHarvard IQSS

Joram BorensteinNICE Actimize

Tim BuntelCigital Inc.

William ChenLeaf

Elizabeth CormackThe Tap Lab

Christian GalvinFiksu

James T. JonesEsq.

Sarah McCraryLeaf

Safiya SammsLeaf

Barbara ThorntonAsset Stewardship

Jeremy WeiskottenTerrible Labs

Donald WrightCity of Boston. Dept of Neighborhood Development

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