New co-working space, accelerator bringing startups to Dorchester


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.

“What we’re doing basically is taking the under-resourced areas of Boston and adding resources to them,” said Liora Beer of Artmorpheus, the non-profit organization running the Innovation Lab.

The lab is part of a broader project known as the Fairmount Cultural Corridor, which is aimed at supporting businesses and artists in the Uphams Corner area. The initiative was founded in 2012 with a $480,000 grant from ArtPlace America.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, a vocal supporter of spreading similar projects into many different Boston neighborhoods, said the new Innovation Lab “energizes business districts throughout the city and provides a significant pathway for 21st century jobs.”

In addition to the Fairmount Launchpad, the lab will also offer a co-working space, business services, workshops, and possibilities for networking.