Boston's innovation ecosystem is a vibrant tangle of people, places, events, and ideas - and it can get overwhelming for even seasoned veterans. The Guide brings (some) order to the chaos, mapping the need-to-know resources and figures key to success (however you define it). From pillar companies to Midas List investors; journalists to influencers; events, workspaces, accelerators, neighborhoods, classes, and coffee shops - this guide is the living repository of the country's most innovative ecosystem.
Today, hundreds of emerging companies and thousands of entrepreneurs and investors call Boston home. New local media outlets have launched to focus specifically on Boston, while traditional publications cover the area’s innovation economy more than ever before. Countless co-working spaces, incubators, and accelerators have emerged, and at all hours, local bars and coffee shops are full of entrepreneurs and investors hatching plans for the future.
Yes, Boston is a growing hub of startup companies, talent, and ideas, with lots more room to continue growing behind a resurgent entrepreneurial energy. But while the city and community can feel accessible, supportive, and easy to navigate for some, it can also feel overwhelming with activity for others.
Our hope is that the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Innovation can serve as the community’s front door. Our goal is to ensure that everyone in this ecosystem, no matter how new or established, can use this resource as a jumping off point to find educational, business development, or career opportunities.
This resource, like the startup world it serves, is far from a completed product. We intend for this to be a living, breathing site. What we have put forward is a start and is by no means comprehensive. It’s up to the community to contribute and feed this resource and keep it current and useful.
So, with that in mind, there are two ways you can contribute…
Well, that’s because we are!
We’re excited about and firmly believe in this region. We’re fiercely loyal to this community. We’re fans as much as we are players and participants. We suspect most of you are too, but if you’re not, we hope this resource will help you unlock all the great potential of Boston’s innovation ecosystem.
Now then — stop reading about the Guide and start exploring it for yourself!
It has so damn much to offer.
The NEVCA and NextView Ventures