StartHub, the Mayor’s Office, and the Boston Chamber of Commerce Announce Online Platform for Social Impact Startups and Organizations

August 1, 2017

New custom page to help socially-focused startups and Boston-area resources connect

Boston, MA—May 15, 2017 – Today the City of Boston, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and StartHub announce the launch of Social Impact, a designated page on the StartHub site focused on social innovators in the city. The Social Impact page is a centralized place for social-good startups, events, support organizations, and investors to come together online and connect with opportunities in the city.

“Boston prides itself on solving challenging problems, and social impact entrepreneurs are a crucial piece of the puzzle. Creating a centralized platform meant to bring socially conscious individuals and companies together will strengthen and highlight the great work already being done in Boston, as well as inspire the next wave of companies,” said Rory Cuddyer, Startup Manager for the City of Boston.

Created in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as a community partner, and the Venture Café Foundation’s StartHub program, the Social Impact page will act as a networking tool and informational resource for Greater Boston-area social innovation organizations. Just as the main StartHub site encourages the Boston community to add their startups, events, job postings, workspaces, accelerators, news, and more, the Social Impact page will act as an extension exclusively featuring those with a social good purpose.

“We view social impact, not as an isolated sector but an integrated part of all industries. Investors are thinking more thoughtfully into where they deploy their capital. Entrepreneurs are tackling some of the biggest social issues with new technologies. Lawyers are providing focused services to support all these new legal entities benefiting social enterprises. And we believe Greater Boston will continue to be recognized as a leader in this movement. It is no longer an issue of philanthropy but an integral part of starting and growing a business. That is why the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a partner with the Venture Café Foundation for the Social Impact page as the go-to platform for your resources in creating an impactful business,” said Justin Kang, Executive Director of City Awake, the civic innovation lab for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

“Boston has not only emerged as a world-class technology and startup community, but one with a conscience,” said Melissa Yee, Editor of StartHub. “With our new Social Impact page, we’ve created a designated platform to leverage the top resources for people, businesses, and events making a positive impact on our world. We are grateful to our partners at the Mayor’s Office and support from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce in our mission to connect and grow Boston’s socially-driven startup community.”

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