FAIRMOUNT INNOVATION LAB RECEIVES $85,000 GRANT FROM MASSDEVELOPMENT TO EXPAND ITS CO-WORKING SPACE IN UPHAMS CORNER
Boston, Mass. (October 26, 2017) -
On October 26, 2017, government officials and philanthropic supporters, including Jay Ash, State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Lauren Liss, President and CEO of MassDevelopment, Julie Burros, the City of Boston’s Chief of Arts & Culture and San San Wong, Senior Arts Program Officer for the Barr Foundation, gathered at Fairmount Innovation Lab (“FIL”) to hear Secretary Jay Ash announce the most recent round of Collaborative Workspace Program grants, including an $85,000 grant for FIL to develop and equip 3,050-square-foot of collaborative work space at 594 Columbia Road. This is the second time that FIL has received a grant from MassDevelopment. In December 2016, FIL was awarded a $25,000 to grant to conduct a feasibility study.
“We are thrilled to be one of the recipients of the competitive grants to expand our co-working space in Uphams Corner in Dorchester and help creative and social entrepreneurs work, collaborate and learn from and alongside each other. We also believe that this grant will help us expand our reach with early stage underrepresented creative and social entrepreneurs that participate in our 12 week accelerator program, FIL Launchpad,” said FIL Executive Director, Liora Beer.
$1,257,592 million grants were awarded to 20 organizations in eastern Massachusetts to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth’s cities and towns and will be managed by MassDevelopment. Lauren Liss, MassDevelopment President and CEO, San San Wong, Senior Officer for the Arts at the Barr Foundation and Liora Beer, Executive Director of Artmorpheus and Director of the Fairmount Innovation Lab (FIL) also spoke at the celebratory event.
Since FIL’s inception two years ago, 57 creative and social entrepreneurs have completed the FIL Launchpad accelerator. 95 percent of those entrepreneurs were minority and 75% were women.
FIL also offers a variety of business and educational workshops, a design/prototype studio, as well as creative pop-ups and networking events open to the community.
More than 400 individuals have participated in workshops and events at FIL, including 94% minorities and 81% women.
About Fairmount Innovation Lab
FIL supports creative and social entrepreneurs in Massachusetts through programming, events, a 12 week accelerator program for early stage creative and social impact companies, co-working space, pop-up partnerships and a maker space. Located in Upham Corner in Dorchester, FIL is part of the Fairmount Cultural Corridor, a collaborative initiative and partnership which draws upon the Fairmount Commuter Line to support diversity, livable neighborhoods and a sustainable, local, creative community. For more information, visit http://www.lab584.org/.
Press Release: FIL Concludes Successful Launchpad Program With Local Area Entrepreneurs
September 18, 2017
Boston, MA - On August 30, 2017, Fairmount Innovation Lab (FIL) celebrated the final pitches of companies that participated in FIL’s Launchpad program, including consumer tech, food, beauty and design companies. Pitching companies included Soul Plates Catering, Events by Emonica, Natralee, Queya Beauty, Joie Design Studio and ExpressCuts 10.18.
FIL Launchpad is an intensive, selective program for highly committed creative and social entrepreneurs who are ready to take their ideas and businesses to the next level. “This customized program provides selected entrepreneurs with vital information through weekly presentations, peer-to-peer learning, mentorship, access to a variety of subject matter experts and a community of entrepreneurs,” explained Liora Beer, Director of FIL.
Fairmount I-Lab Listed in 86 Best Resources for Starting a Business in Massachusetts
August 8, 2016
STARTUP SAVANT - The Fairmount Innovation Lab is an incubator, accelerator and a cross-sector lab all rolled into one. It aims to help in the launching and growth of various enterprises in the Fairmount community. This organization promotes involvement, so whether you want to join its incubation program or you need space for your startup, Fairmount Innovation Lab will help you find ways to do so.
An ICIC Report Reveals How Incubators and Accelerators Can Increase Diversity
May 24, 2016
BOSTINNO- Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a nonprofit based in Dudley Square, Roxbury, recently released a report highlighting a lack of diversity among incubators and accelerators, calling for action.
For the report, “Creating Inclusive High-Tech Incubators and Accelerators: Strategies to Increase Participation Rates of Women and Minority Entrepreneurs”, ICIC partnered with JP Morgan Chase. They interviewed more than 75 industry experts to understand diversity dynamics within incubators and accelerators throughout the country, in addition to coming up with solutions to increase inclusiveness of women and minorities among these programs.
ICIC cites Fairmount Innovation Lab in Report on Diversity in Incubators
May 23, 2016
Fairmount Innovation Lab (FI-Lab) is an incubator and accelerator that was launched in 2015 in the Uphams Corner Dorchester neighborhood of Boston as part of a place-making initiative. FI-Lab draws on the cultural assets in the Fairmount Corridor to catalyze the launch and development of creative enterprises in the area. It offers a customized curriculum and workshop offerings, professional expertise and services, including assistance with access to capital and co-working. FI-Lab had deliberately adjusted its programming and curriculum in order to serve the entrepreneurs in the local community and has a diverse representation of entrepreneurs (approximately 89 percent are women-owned or led and 90 percent are minority-owned or led).
Innovation Lab helps to jump-start start-ups in Uphams Corner
Nov. 25, 2015
Since its launch last May, Uphams Corner’s Fairmount Innovation Lab has already ushered its first round of Dorchester-based entrepreneurs through months of legal workshops, financial trainings, and business mentoring. Now, just six months later, the Lab is looking for ways to improve its model and better serve the community’s creative sector while recruiting the next round of business innovators for its accelerator program.“The whole idea was to use art and culture as a way to engage the community and help them envision the change they wanted,” said Liora Beer, the founding executive director of the Fairmount Innovation Lab. “A lot was learned.” Read more
SBA Execs visit Fairmount iLab
Aug. 13, 2015
Erin Andrew, SBA Assistant Administrator for Women's Business Ownership, recently visited our office! The Massachusetts District Office hosted a series of visits to partners and friends throughout the state including: Center for Women & Enterprise in Boston, the new Fairmount Innovation Lab in Dorchester, Roxy's Grilled Cheese in Allston, CraftRoots Brewery in Milford, TechSandBox in Hopkinton, and Greentown Labs in Somerville.
Creating Arts Villages In The City — It Takes An Ecosystem
May 27, 2015
WBUR - Uphams Corner isn’t a destination place for most arts mavens in Boston. It’s not Huntington Avenue, dubbed the Avenue of the Arts. It definitely isn’t Brattle Street with a string of high- and medium-end restaurants tending to patrons of the storied Brattle Theatre and American Repertory Theater So why on a gorgeous May day has an entourage that includes the head of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barr Foundation, the Boston Foundation, the new Boston arts commissioner and members of the Massachusetts Cultural Council chosen this place to meet with artists and activists in a section of the city that is an expressway removed from the area’s more famous arts centers?. Click here read full article
Fairmount Innovation Lab launches in Uphams Corner
May 14, 2015
DOTNEWS - Artists, creative entrepreneurs, residents, and city officials gathered on Saturday, May 9, in Dorchester’s Uphams Corner for the launch of the Fairmount Innovation Lab and its LaunchPad program, a new workspace and neighborhood-based business incubator. The lab is a product of the Fairmount Cultural Corridor Placemaking Initiative, which partners with the city, The Boston Foundation and community organizations to revitalize neighborhoods along the Fairmount commuter line by supporting a sustainable local economy. Click here read full article
May 09, 2015
BOSTON GLOBE - City and state officials and Dorchester residents celebrated the opening of a new space for entrepreneurs and creative workers Saturday. The Fairmount Innovation Lab, a co-working space and accelerator program for startups, kicked off with a meet-and-greet at its lab space near Uphams Corner. The lab pitches itself as a resource for new companies in fields such as advertising, music, video game design, and publishing, and 10 companies have been selected to use the space and get lessons in running a business. Click here read full article
May 8, 2015
BETABOSTON - A new project aimed at bringing entrepreneurs and creative workers to Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood is getting a boost this weekend. On Saturday, organizers of the Fairmount Innovation Lab are officially opening the doors of the co-working office and startup accelerator program. The Innovation Lab will also reveal the 10 entrepreneurial teams chosen as the first class of its accelerator program. Click here to read full article
May 8, 2015
BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL - Dorchester is about to get a new place for startups. On Saturday, city officials will celebrate the launch of the Fairmount Innovation Lab, a new startup incubator and co-working space at 584 Columbia Road in Dorchester's Upham’s Corner. The lab is an initiative of the Fairmount Cultural Corridor, a group that promotes arts and culture in the neighborhood. It was founded and is being led by Artmorpheus, a group focused on arts and culture in the neighborhood. Click here to read full article
BAY STATE BANNER - The creative economy in and around Boston has deep roots in traditional arts, but also nurtures new and up-and-coming sectors that will usher the creative industries into the future. Creative minds and concepts now boost a market that many believe already is, and will become more so, a driver of Boston’s evolving economy. That’s why Boston’s leaders want the city to become a creative economy hub and are making the moves necessary to make it happen. Click here to read full article
May 5, 2015
BOSTON GLOBE - The chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu, swung through town Monday, hosted by Barr Foundation president James Canales for a whirlwind tour of some of the city’s arts digs. Joined by Anita Walker, executive director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the pair visited Uphams Corner in Dorchester before heading to the Fairmount Innovation Lab for a discussion about the arts as an economic driver. “ Click here to read full article
April 30, 2015
DAILY FREE PRESS - CityStart, a Boston-based hackathon and boot camp for start-up innovation, will launch May 30. When it kicks off on May 30, CityStart Boston, a hackathon and boot camp aiming to foster startup innovation activity around the city, will put Boston entrepreneurs through three weeks of team-building exercises, mentorship and innovative idea-making. CityStart came from a student-focused initiative created for the city called College Think Tank, said co-founder Monique Fuchs. Click here to read full article
April 27, 2015
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS - Washington, DC—NEA Chairman Jane Chu will visit Boston, Massachusetts, on Monday, May 4, 2015, at the invitation of Jim Canales, president and trustee of the Barr Foundation. The morning will focus on a visit to the Upham’s Corner neighborhood in Dorchester and the Fairmount Cultural Corridor—a three-year-old, continuing effort to use arts and culture as a catalyst for community revitalization. Click here to read full article
April 21, 2015
REUTERS - Today, a Boston-based coalition is announcing the creation of CityStart Boston (http://citystartboston.com), a program focused on extending Boston's innovation economy across the entire city, beyond the City's Innovation District and the other areas where startups and entrepreneurs cluster. CityStart is an extension of ThinkTank Boston, an annual student-only one-day event started in 2012. Click here to read full article
April 4, 2015
REUTERS - A coalition of universities, tech companies, and the City of Boston are planning a new hackathon next month that aims to spread entrepreneurship and innovation to more corners of the city. CityStart Boston will take place May 30 at MassChallenge in the Innovation District, with a final judging session happening several weeks later. While the hackathon begins in the Innovation District, it wraps up on June 20 with judging at the Fairmount Innovation Lab in Dorchester. Click here to read full article
DORCHESTER NEWS - A new resource will soon be available for enterprising individuals living near the Fairmount Corridor Commuter Rail Line. The Fairmount Innovation Lab, a business lab aimed at growing creative industries in the communities connected by the MBTA’s Fairmount Indigo Line, is accepting applications for its LaunchPad initiative. The LaunchPad is a competitive program that will provide ten start-ups with a four-month immersion in business and financial training, access to a collaborative workspace and a community of entrepreneurs, multiple networking opportunities and support from expert mentors. Click here to read