Innovating Boston, one business at a time.

Launched in 2010, InnovationBoston aims to take advantage of the City's existing knowledge base, the area's opportunity for growth, and world-class infrastructure to produce world-class products and services while supporting entrepreneurship. As the economic center of Massachusetts and the New England region, InnovationBoston employs several strategies to promote innovation throughout the city, including:

  • Encourage collaboration: People in close proximity innovate faster and share ideas more easily, and creates a supportive and close-knit ecosystem for economic and creative growth. 
  • Provide public space and programming: Collaborative venues and open space are critical to stimulate the creative process. Boston is now home to District Hall, the world's first free-standing public innovation center, so all Bostonians have a place to gather and share ideas. 

The Innovation District

The City's Innovation District is a major component of the InnovationBoston strategy. The Innovation District is Mayor Thomas M. Menino's initiative to transform 1,000 acres of the South Boston waterfront into an urban environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. In order to build a vibrant community, we are introducing new models of housing, public infrastructure, and clustering companies. 

Since 2010, the Innovation District has brought 4,000 new jobs in over 200 new companies to the City of Boston. The district promotes collaboration across a range of industries, including tech, law, education, the creative economy, and social entrepreneurs. Many more companies have announced they are making the move to Boston over the next few months and years, and bringing with them 2500+ jobs in the future.