City Hall unveils StartHub ‘homepage’ for startups, partnering with IBM

Boston City Hall

City Hall’s plan to attract and support startups is getting some more firepower.

On Tuesday, Mayor Martin J. Walsh unveiled StartHub, a website designed to serve as a homepage for technology entrepreneurs in Boston.

StartHub will feature information about the city’s technology scene, including a list of incubators and co-working offices, events calendar, industry news, and “a curated stream” of Boston-based companies and investors.

Walsh announced the StartHub initiative in his State of the City speech earlier this year. It’s part of a broader push to make Boston more attractive to startups and growing tech companies, headed by startup “czar” Rory Cuddyer.

The StartHub website is being sponsored by IBM, with “no public funding” being spent, the city said. Venture Cafe, a Boston nonprofit that organizes community meetings, and Gust, a website that helps entrepreneurs find investors for their startups, are also providing content for the site and helping promote StartHub, the city said.

Boston’s efforts to attract startups have faced some questions from entrepreneurs and investors, who were initially unsure what Cuddyer or City Hall could offer fast-growing private companies.

The city has, however, touted a behind-the-scenes role in helping companies that need room become priced out of traditional startup neighborhoods such as Cambridge’s Kendall Square.