South Shore Innovation Center
TeamShare Solutions is in the process of developing an Innovation and Coworking Center on the South Shore of Boston, which will be located off of Route 3 near Hanover/Hingham. This page describes its mission. If you are interested in supporting the initiative, please join the LinkedIn group called South Shore Innovation.
If you are interested in applying to be a part of the South Shore Innovation Center, click here to apply for membership.
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.
The South Shore Innovation Center is an open, collaborative co-working space located between Boston and Cape Cod with convenient access to Route 3 and MBTA transit. The intent of the center is to be a vortex of creative energy where entrepreneurs can flourish and develop their ideas into real businesses and benefit from working with other innovators like themselves in a supportive environment. The center gets entrepreneurs out of the home office or local cafe where there are too many distractions and not enough teamwork. The ability to focus, work with colleagues and draw from the experience of others is critical to maximizing the potential of any startup. Like a network of wheels and spokes, the collaborative center connects the residents with Cornerstone Support members who are available to assist in areas where the residents have less expertise. To provide even more opportunities for learning and support, the center is connected to the Boston and Cambridge startup communities, to Massachusetts university communities and to local communities.
Although the environment is open and unstructured to stimulate creative and collaborative thought, regular morning and after-hours events take place to facilitate the process of making progress and maintaining an atmosphere of innovation. These events include guest speakers and small forums on current topics that are applicable to small and growing startup ventures.
Cornerstone Support can be used for short-term advice and consultation or long-term partnering. Cornerstones are available to help focus technical teams through catalytic project management, to develop and execute marketing plans and strategies, to set up legal entities, to create financial plans and teach financial management, to support the sales cycle, to define and improve operational processes, to find seed capital and other types of funding and to find real estate for future growth plans.
Benefits to Residents include:
Low-cost work space that is conducive to productive work
Access to others in startup mode and Cornerstone experts
Complementary business and technical services in the network
High-speed internet, ample electrical outlets, conference room
Free publicity and web advertising related to center
Free or discounted access to in-house and co-sponsored events
Coffee, food and personal services within building or walking distance
Discounted products and services from sponsors
Benefits to Cornerstones include:
All of the above
Direct-access to a new client base
Ability to provide mentoring and learn new things
Access to innovative ideas and projects
The Innovation Center is actively looking for corporate sponsors who believe that innovation in the area will help the overall business community and maintain a healthy, robust economy.
Sponsors of the Innovation Center receive the following:
logo and link on center website
highlights in center publicity and other external communications
social media and inbound marketing support
ability to offer product, services and advertising specials to members
ability to leave marketing literature at the center
ability to host events at the center that are related to member activities
Select sponsors will be invited to participate in Innovation Center planning sessions.
Please contact Eric Braun at 781-982-9555 or connect via email or LinkedIn for more information on sponsorship.
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Reinventing America, by Ken Feinstein, CEO Cambridge Research & Development
Build Your Startup From the Heart, by Bill Warner