The Harvard Innovation Lab welcomes a number of partner organizations to present programming, workshops, and business counseling sessions at the i-lab, which are open to the public. Below, you’ll find a list of our current community partners, and links to their upcoming events.
The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses. It has connected over 23,000 entrepreneurs with education, training, technical assistance, women’s business enterprise certification and access to both debt and equity capital, regardless of their ability to pay.
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network is a free statewide business assistance program that connects the federal government, state government, and academic sector in Massachusetts. It offers free business advisory services, educational programs, and financing assistance throughout Boston, Fall River, Worcester, Salem, Springfield, and Pittsfield and in nearly 50 outreach sites (including the I-Lab, with advisors available on-site weekly).
The Boston Chapter of SCORE helps local small business owners start or manage their own for-profit or non-profit. More than forty volunteers with significant experience in the ownership, operation and/or management of both small and large businesses in many fields offer free counseling and mentoring to those who wish to start, grow, or manage a business in the Boston area. SCORE is a Harvard innovation lab partner, offering counseling services and low-or-no cost workshops at the i-lab, in addition to other locations throughout the Greater Boston area.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. The SBA recognizes that small business is critical to the country’s economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. SBA provides assistance primarily by connecting business owners with access to fundraising, development, government contracting, and advocacy opportunities.