College ThinkTank Boston on BostInno

June 18, 2014

Accelerate is organizing this summer’s College Think Tank Boston in conjunction with the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development. The students at the Think Tank will be posed the following challenge to solve: “What models might best drive deeper interaction between innovative start-ups and the residents and businesses of Boston, helping to create Boston as a start-up lab?” Lauren Landry’s BostInno article talks about last year’s Think Tank and the impact that the city has already seen from it. Here is a part of that article:

“The OBD has partnered with citizen feedback platform Textizen and Boston Main Streets to discover what each group is looking for in an innovative way. A styrofoam sign can currently be found in the Washington Gateway Main Street, a business development and neighborhood improvement organization located in the South End, that asks citizens what they would like to see in the community, whether a coffee shop or women’s apparel retailer. Residents can text their answer, while also having the ability to submit an option not shown.

The polling happens in real-time and, by working with Main Streets, the City can access both personal opinion and hard data. The organization can tell the OBD what kind of businesses their particular neighborhood is missing. Other pilots of the program include Greater Grove Hall andUpham’s Corner, the latter of which Boston Mayor Marty Walsh recently invested $3.1 million in.

Ideas from this CollegeThinkTank, scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MassChallenge, will hopefully be implemented with similar urgency.”

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