Successful innovation and entrepreneurship does not come from an idea alone or the nature of the workspace. It stems from the passion of the idea’s creator that is fueled by a whirlwind of just-right support structures. The dream environment for creating a successful business is a workspace that allows the founder(s) to draw from expertise, support and brain stimulation — both actively and passively — because it is all within easy enough reach to keep the entrepreneur focused on the critical tasks at hand.
South Shore Innovation is focused on developing a stronger innovation and startup community on the South Shore of Boston. This includes hosting innovation round tables, educational and learning activities, showcase events, and anything else we can think of that will promote innovation and support startups and an entrepreneurial culture in the area. A corollary to our mission is to connect innovation and entrepreneurial centers throughout the Boston area and Massachusetts. We highly value Science, Technology, Education, the Arts and anything else innovative, whether for-profit or non-profit. We promote and support small and growing business success.
If you are interested in supporting these initiatives, please join the LinkedIn group called South Shore Innovation.
What’s different about us?
We are focused on supporting suburban entrepreneurs as spokes to the Boston Innovation Hub. Suburban entrepreneurs are a little bit older, perhaps a little bit wiser, and have life responsibilities that they cherish but that become obstacles to entrepreneurship — responsibilities such as a spouse, children, a mortgage, and often a full-time job.
What do we believe?
We believe that people in the suburbs often have great ideas and, due to their life and work experiences, these ideas are often better vetted and less whimsical; however, there are greater personal and financial barriers to starting a company than with the younger entrepreneurs who have recently left a university and who still have ties to mentors. We believe that we can support a new way of starting a company that lowers the risk and improves the chances of success.
What do we do?
We have weekly Innovation Round Table discussions with people other than our spouses, who are typically tired of repeatedly hearing all the details of our ideas and work passions. We have special events geared at learning and stimulating creative thinking, like the Startup Story SLAM. We are developing a School of Startup program that will allow entrepreneurs and innovators to learn in hands-on, interactive studio classes. We connect cool people with other cool people and get them to work together. We mentor, advise and share our knowledge, thoughts and ideas.