Accelerators

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Exploring the impact
10 years of Web Innovators Group and Y Combinator, both born in Cambridge
Tap Lab co-founder Dave Bisceglia gives an interview after presenting at WebInno in March 2011.
My latest Boston Globe column looks back at the impact of two initiatives born in Cambridge in 2005: Web Innovators Group and Y Combinator. I also ask what we can do to improve Boston's stickiness for consumer-oriented Web and mobile startups; it's impossible to look at the alumni of both programs and not notice that may of the most successful, like Reddit, Dropbox, Birchbox, and E la Carte, have migrated to New York or the Bay Area. Read More
Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator visits Boston to recruit our talent
Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Boston Event Audience
It's no secret that Boston is a robotics hub. Companies and labs have spawned underwater explorers, robotic gardeners, delivery drones and more. If you can imagine it, it's probably happening. So it was little surprise when the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, passed through the city this week to visit local technology companies and spread the word about its launch in hopes of recruiting up-and-coming robotics startups to apply for its program. Read More
Channeling the frustration
Mobile app Shelfie wants to let shoppers cash in on empty shelves
Grocery store shelf
Shelfie is not only an au courant name for an app, but a cool concept for these next few weeks of retail frenzy. Once you have the Android or iPhone apps, whenever there's a product you're hunting for that's out-of-stock, you use it to snap a picture of the empty shelf. The info about what's not there will be valuable to both retailers and product manufacturers, Shelfie posits. The shopper's reward? Points that can be converted into gift cards for use at places like Starbucks, Amazon, or Target. Read More
Innovation Economy
5 things the next Massachusetts governor should do for innovation economy
Kamil Peters of Kamil Peters Metal Sculpture at work in the Brick Coworkshop in Holyoke. (Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe)

HOLYOKE -- Like Dorothy stepping through the front door after crash-landing in Oz, I knew I wasn’t in Boston anymore.

Boston’s Innovation District is pricey. Construction cranes are everywhere, parking is scarce, and lunch options plentiful. Here in Holyoke’s newly-christened Innovation District, there are beautiful brick mill buildings, cheap hydroelectric power, and a new walkway alongside the canals — but almost no people.

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Betaspring seeks backers
Providence accelerator Betaspring takes a break, focuses on raising new fund
Betaspring co-founder and managing partner Allan Tear. (Photo by Scott Kirsner / BetaBoston)
Betaspring is taking a breather. The Providence-based accelerator graduated its most recent class of seven startups in June, but doesn't plan to start a new cycle until next spring. Between now and then, they'll need to raise a new pool of capital, and Betaspring managing partner Allan Tear tells me that he's not expecting to get any support from public sources, which have provided substantial backing for Betaspring in the past. Read More
We have liftoff
Dudley Square incubator Smarter in the City opens doors
smarter in the city
The moment that seemed like it might never arrive actually did. Smarter in the City, a business development program for high-tech startups in Dudley Square, opened its doors Wednesday in a second-floor space at 100 Warren Street. The launch followed difficulties raising money and securing sponsors, and doubts from others in Boston’s technology community about whether Dudley could be a viable location. Read More