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  • Harvard opens up i-lab in WGBH Space

    Posted on November 18th, 2011 Aaron No comments

    Finally, it has happened, the old WGBH building has seen some interior renovations and the opening of Harvad’s first real entry into entrepreneurship. The Harvard Innovation Lab opened its doors today!

    More info in this Globe article: http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2011/11/18/harvard-makes-foray-into-start-scene-with-lab/RUzKF02RM27W84JshJKHtO/story.html

    I am very happy to see that space put to use! But I am also curious about the mission. The quoted mission statement is:

    The Harvard innovation lab is a new and innovative initiative fostering team-based and entrepreneurial activities and deepening interactions among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston community.

    I haven’t really seen how this will directly benefit anyone in the Allston or Boston community, so it seems to me that i-lab is a strictly Harvard only initiative. Will local (non-Harvard) entrepreneurs be invited to work in the space? For now, it seems the answer is no.

    I have previously run my business from MIT’s One Broadway C3 coworking space / incubator, which has been incredibly friendly and open to the entire boston-based entrepreneurship community. If Harvard would open its doors to Boston, and especially Allston, entrepreneurs, I think it would see a lot of benefits. But, it remains to be seen if Harvard will do this. There is certainly no information on how to do that on their website. Or more likely, in a typical Harvard-esque maneuver, the  community will be completely shut out from any newly developed resources. I guess time will tell, but I’m hoping they decide to actually fulfill their mission statement, and offer space to Allston startups…

    Check out the Harvard i-lab directly here: http://i-lab.harvard.edu/

    Oh, and if you can find a “contact us” button on the i-lab webpage somewhere let me know. I couldn’t :-)

     

     

     

     

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