Rory Cuddyer is the City of Boston’s first “startup czar” and will lead the city’s StartHub program to support entrepreneurs and early stage businesses, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Monday.
The StartHub program was first announced by Walsh during his State of the City Address in January. The idea for the program came out of a need for the city to take a leadership role in marketing the entire Boston region as a world-class center for technology and innovation.
StartHub will not only help promote the great companies being built locally, but will also serve as a support mechanism for startups to connect with the city on innovative partnerships, and even help small businesses find office space. That’s where Cuddyer comes in.
In his new role, Cuddyer will manage the city’s innovation centers including the Seaport’s District Hall and the soon-to-open Roxbury Innovation Center startup incubator in the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building.
“Startups should be able to thrive in every neighborhood of Boston, not just a select few,” Walsh said in a statement. “Rory will help us realize our vision for spreading this entrepreneurial spirit across the city.”
Cuddyer previously served as an adviser to Walsh’s Chief of Staff Daniel Koh.
He will report to the City of Boston’s Chief of Economic Development John Barros and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.