Catalyzing a National Conversation: #AccelerateInclusivity

Until they fully engage women and minority entrepreneurs, incubators and accelerators will not truly jumpstart urban entrepreneurship. ICIC recently hosted a national conversation at the Roxbury Innovation Center in Boston, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, the Boston Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, about what it will take to create more inclusive entrepreneurial hubs. Read more.

What cities should be doing for small business

In an article originally published by Governing, our Director of Research, Kim Zeuli, and Janis Bowdler, managing director of global philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase, explain our new research, which provides compelling evidence that small businesses rival - and often exceed - the impact of large businesses when it comes to job creation. Read more.

Why we celebrate small business every day

As the country geared up for Small Business Saturday on November 26, our CEO, Steve Grossman, explained why and how we celebrate small businesses all year long. Read more

Geography, race and ethnicity remain barriers to capital for entrepreneurs

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its first-ever Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE). Approximately 290,000 employer businesses across all U.S. geographies and demographics participated in the survey during 2014. The results reveal that significant gaps in access to capital still remain.  Read more.

ICIC On the Move

  • Creating and strengthening inclusive incubators in Chicago: On November 16th ICIC and JPMorgan Chase hosted Catalyzing Inclusivity in Incubators and Accelerators in Chicago’s Chase Tower. The private convening drew over 50 leaders from incubators and accelerators, and economic development and philanthropic organizations. Our Director of Research, Kim Zeuli, presented recent research, facilitating a dynamic discussion of strategies and best practices to increase the participation of women and minorities in Chicago’s incubators and accelerators.
  • Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll): Steve Grossman, CEO of ICIC, participated in a panel discussion at the EforAll Summit in Lowell, MA on November 3rd titled, "Entrepreneurship Program Models - What's the right model for your city?"
  • Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Annual Conference: ICCC held its annual culminating conference November 16-17th at Columbia University in New York City, gathering over 200 attendees. At the end of the conference, the program graduates put their ICCC education to work by pitching capital providers for the opportunity to bring growth to their businesses. 

Announcements & Careers

    • Join our team: ICIC is hiring at multiple levels! These Boston-based positions provide an opportunity to join a dynamic and professional team working to address important issues related to inner city business growth and economic development. View our other open positions.


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