The Program

A 5-month rigorous program that will test both the business and entrepreneur.  Launch your business here with us, and we’ll provide you with the strong foundation you need to get started. We’ll provide stipends, workspace, a mentorship program, and other resources to help you get your idea off the ground.

Application Process


You Apply Online

Fill out a short online form, telling us about yourself, your interest in this program, and your business idea. The application deadline for the Fall 2017 cohort is June 22nd, 2017.


We Review Your Application

Mentors and alumni from our team will evaluate your application. The top teams will be invited for an in-person interview.


You Pitch Your Business Idea

Each team is given 10 minutes to explain their business idea in front a panel of judges. Within 2 weeks, the top 5–7 teams are selected to join the program.

Ready to Get Started?

What You’ll Get

$5,000 Stipend

With help from our generous donors, we provide each team with a $5,000 stipend. Unlike traditional accelerator programs, Smarter in the City requires no equity in return.


We provide five months of free workspace in our Dudley Square office. Teams receive dedicated workstations and access to a shared meeting room.


A dedicated mentor is matched to each startup and provides them with guidance. We also host professional presentations, seminars, and networking functions to connect teams to potential partners or investors.


We provide teams with free legal services from Boston College Law School and Foley Hoag, as well as in-kind support and services from local tech, marketing, and PR firms.

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