Make Innovation, entrepreneurship, and business ownership attainable through an empowering and inclusive network of community spaces and individualized pathways
At Innovation Studio, we strive to be the home where aspiring individuals are encouraged to confidently grow their ideas into successful businesses. We do this by activating live and virtual programs and spaces and creating impactful and inclusive pathways to collaboration. We believe innovation is for everyone, including you.
Innovation Studio is founded as Venture Café in partnership with Cambridge Innovation Center to spur innovation by connecting disparate segments of the entrepreneurial ecosystem – business owners, academics, researchers, corporates & investors. The weekly Thursday Gathering welcomed over 200,000 attendees offering thousands of engaging workshops, 1 x 1 office hours, and other programs.
In a first of its kind partnership with the City of Boston, District Hall opens as the region’s first Civic Innovation Center, a nonprofit hub for meetings and events at the heart of the blooming Seaport District. Its free public lounge has attracted over 250,000 visitors.
Roxbury Innovation Center opens in the heart of Nubian Square to support local economic development through small business growth in one of the most overlooked and underrepresented neighborhoods in Boston.
District Hall and Venture Café Providence opens its doors, solidifying the organization’s regional footprint. In two years, the Providence programs attract over 10,000 business leaders.
Venture Café New England rebrands as Innovation Studio to highlight the scope and scale of the organization’s wrap around business support services. Its mission is realigned to focus on equity and inclusion in entrepreneurship through its LAUNCH!, ReLAUNCH!, Pitch, and Office Hours programs.
Board Of Directors
Our Board of Directors is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and an equity-focused mission. They strengthen Innovation Studio with a clear vision, collaborative process, balanced approach, and focus on continuous improvement. Together, we envision a world in which anyone can be an innovator.
Chair | Vice President, Community Development Officer for BankNewport
Vice Chair | Managing Director, MassVentures
DANIEL ENRÍQUEZ VIDAÑA
President of Innovation Studio
Assistant Secretary for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Chief Executive Officer, The Tech Connection
CHRISTOPHER MULLER, PH.D.
Professor and Former Dean, BU School of Hospitality
Former CEO, Principal at Tyson Associate
Launchpad Venture Partners
Senior Director Technology Alliances, Nexthink
Director of Enterprise Sales, Comcast Business
Rosanna Garcia, PH.D.
Beswick Endowed Chair of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Founder, Latinx Legal
INNOVATION STUDIO Team
Our team is dedicated to fostering a strong, supportive, and accessible entrepreneur community in New England, Rhode Island and beyond.