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Smarter in the City

Smarter in the City is the first high-tech accelerator in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. We specifically provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs from underrepresented minority communities to develop innovative products and services in the high tech sector.

A select group of startups from Roxbury, Dorchester, as well as other neighborhoods and cities, work at an exciting space in Boston's newest innovation district - Dudley Square. Dudley is quickly redeveloping into an important urban center in the city, following decades of decline and hardship. With the introduction of a succesful, high-growth industry into the area, Smarter in the City is addressing economic development through the creation of high potential, sustainable ventures.


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

Dedicated mentors are matched to startups during their residency. In addition, we also host numerous professional presentations, seminars, and networking functions to connect teams to potential partners or investors.

Teams are provided with a modest stipend, in addition to in-kind support and services from local tech, marketing and PR firms, as well as free legal services from Boston College Law School.

We are here to support an early and diverse set of startups and ideas and give them a boost into the great Boston high-tech scene.

Smarter in the City is in an exciting space in the heart of Dudley Square

Smarter in the City begins its Spring Cohort on February 6, and runs through June 26, 2015.

To hear more information about us, arrange a visit to our office, or make an enquiry regarding the next application period (Summer 2015), please email: gilad@smarterinthecity.com

Our Second Cohort starts on February 6!

Read more about the next seven startups here

The Tech Connection unifies underrepresented groups in the technology industry. They connect minority tech talent to workforce opportunities to both accelerate careers and support the high demand for employees in this sector. Specifically, they work with early career Software Engineering and IT professionals from underrepresented backgrounds and connect them to start-up companies.

Dreamers provides our strong immigrant population with tools for better pathways to wider workforce opportunities. Through the use of data analytics and community outreach, and with the backing of academic research, they will help communities better understand their education and health disparities.

With web-based machine-learning algorithms, Dreamers will enhance and develop educational tools and skills needed to qualify for job training, advanced education, and improved health.

Techtrition, Inc. is a health education company decoding mobile health and wearable technology through a combination of individual health consulting, technology research and health/nutrition education.

Fittus is a mobile application that helps gym members find workout partners based on their activity preference and schedule. Personal trainers and gym owners can also use Fittus to create and manage relationships with their existing members.


Door to the Outdoors inspires people of color to develop an adventurous and environmentally conscious connection with nature through adventure travel and inclusive online content that caters to individuals underrepresented in the great outdoors.

Loadlytics is a web-based dispatch management system and dashboard that allows trucking companies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations.

Beacon Lab Partners is a financial wellness firm aimed at serving leading businesses, public sector organizations and institutions, and non-profits. Backed by fifteen years of industry research, they are producing a platform to increase the financial literacy of employees.

Summer 2014 Cohort


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Our team of fashion experts, stylists and trendsetters curate outfits worn by popular athletes and instantly make them shoppable. Our main goal is to help fans look their best tastefully and affordably.

PracticeGigs is a job site for athletes. It provides aspiring athletes with the ability to achieve their performance goals affordably while helping more advanced athletes monetize their free time by paying them for practice time.

Mbadika fosters youth-driven innovation and entrepreneurship in the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa, using a set of electronic toolkits to ignite new ideas and designs by young makers.

Storymap Solutions is developing web-based tools for storytellers. Their current product, HeadThought, is a customizable video-feedback application that journalists, politicians and researchers can use to gage public opinion and thought

KillerBoomBox is a multi-media publishing brand that focuses on documenting the music, lifestyle and culture of urban communities.


Gilad Rosenzweig

Founder and Executive Director

Gilad is an architect and urban planner with a global portfolio in the commercial, residential and industrial sectors. He has focused major efforts on the rejuvenation of urban areas in the U.S., particularly in inner-cities that have experienced decline and disinvestment. He has been involved in studies and support for several infill development projects in Roxbury. Gilad holds professional degrees in architecture and a Master in City Planning from MIT.


Joram BorensteinNICE Actimize

Tim BuntelCigital Inc.

William ChenSquadle

Elizabeth CormackThe Tap Lab

Christian GalvinFiksu

James T. JonesEsq.

Sarah McCraryLeaf

Safiya SammsLeaf

Barbara ThorntonAsset Stewardship

Jeremy WeiskottenTerrible Labs

Donald WrightCity of Boston. Dept of Neighborhood Development

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