At Innovation Studio, we believe innovation is for Everyone, including you. We activate free live and virtual programs and spaces, creating impactful and inclusive pathways to collaboration. Our mission is to democratize innovation by cultivating relationships and providing resources for anyone to successfully launch and grow a business. We envision a world in which anyone can be an innovator. Join us.
Innovation Studio was founded in 2010 as the Venture Cafe Foundation and based out of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) located in Kendall Square. Venture Cafe Foundation ran the first of what is now known worldwide as Venture Cafe. This weekly gathering of innovators offers a network, programming, storytelling opportunities, and resources to empower individuals and organizations to learn, connect and share solutions for lasting impact.
In 2013, the Venture Cafe Foundation team in partnership with the Cambridge Innovation Center, joined a unique public-private partnership led by the City of Boston and the Boston Planning and Development Agency (formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority) to create an active innovation hub concept in the developing Seaport Square. Today Innovation Studio continues to manage operations and programming in what is now known as District Hall.
After so much success in both Cambridge and the Seaport, Innovation Studio (then Venture Cafe Foundation) was invited to join in another partnership to build an innovation hub in Roxbury. This partnership led to the creation of the Roxbury Innovation Center in Dudley Square, a non-profit civic innovation center that supports the economic development of the neighborhood by encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. For the Venture Cafe Foundation, the Roxbury Innovation Center became much more than a space for innovators; it inspired the organization’s mission and vision for the future.
One more expansion opportunity brought the organization to Providence, RI in 2018 as the managers and operators of District Hall Providence and Venture Cafe Providence located in the emerging Innovation and Design District.
In September of 2020, the organization officially rebranded itself as Innovation Studio and made a strategic pivot from managing innovation spaces and entrepreneurship focus events to offering entrepreneurship and small business support programs and resources. Today Innovation Studio offers a continuum of programs and resources that are designed to help anyone start or grow their business.
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.
Board Chair, Former CEO, Principal at Tyson Associate
President and CEO at Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Chief Executive Officer, The Tech Connection
Massachusetts Director for Apprenti
Vice President, Community Development Officer for BankNewport
CHRISTOPHER MULLER, PH.D.
Professor and Former Dean
Managing Director, MassVentures
Launchpad Venture Partners
DANIEL ENRÍQUEZ VIDAÑA
President and Member of the Board of Directors
Senior Manager DEI Strategy at Wayfair
Our team is dedicated to fostering a strong, supportive, and accessible entrepreneur community in New England and beyond.
DANIEL ENRÍQUEZ VIDAÑA
President and Member of the Board of Directors Innovation Studio | New England
TUNI (RENAUD) SCHARTNER
VP of Ecosystem Development Innovation Studio, Executive Director of Providence + Venture Café Thursday Gathering Program | Providence + New England
ASHLEY KUZMANKO MEDERIOS
VP Strategy + Partnerships Innovation Studio | New England
Sr. Director Entrepreneur Programs + Marketing Innovation Studio | New England
Director of Operations Innovation Studio | New England
Director of Venture Café | Cambridge
Associate Director Programs + Partnerships | Providence
Associate Director Programs + Partnerships | Boston
Associate Director Strategy + Impact Innovation Studio | New England
Digital Marketing Manager Innovation Studio | New England
Program Manager | Providence
Marketing Coordinator Innovation Studio | New England
Northeastern University Co-op of Entrepreneur Programs | Boston