Today, we are thrilled to welcome two leading startup incubators, Dogpatch Labs and TechStars, to the NERD campus. We have teamed up with our longstanding partner, Boston Properties, to house both Dogpatch Labs and TechStars on the 6th floor at One Cambridge Center in Kendall Square beginning January, 31st, 2011.
One of our key goals at NERD is to help the greater Boston technology and innovation ecosystem thrive. Dogpatch Labs and TechStars are key engines in our innovation economy, each having fueled the incubation and growth of numerous startups in the greater Boston area. Our support of both Dogpatch Labs and TechStars member companies extends well beyond the use of our office space and will also include full access to Microsoft BizSpark, NERD hosted events and more.
“Among the goals we had in creating Dogpatch Labs was to tap into and support the vibrant start-up ecosystem in the region, and its success to date has led to deeper connections and stronger collaboration with others in the community. Microsoft, among others, has been an especially important Polaris collaborator and they’ve done a great job of building an innovation culture in Kendall Square. While we’re not formally affiliated with them or other tenants in the N.E.R.D space, we all share a deep commitment to identifying breakthrough entrepreneurs and doing whatever we can to nurture them. Our common goal is to help support great innovation in this region.”
Dave Barrett – General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners
“Great space is central to the TechStars program. The space becomes a home for the entrepreneurs and a base for the mentors who support them. By providing such wonderful space in a truly perfect location in Kendall Square, Microsoft and Boston Properties have given the TechStars Boston 2011 program a huge and important boost.”
Katie Rae – Managing Director, TechStars Boston
“Kendall Square and Cambridge Center are home to some of the best and brightest innovators in the country. We look forward to seeing Dogpatch Labs and TechStars flourish at One Cambridge Center supported by high performance work space, NERD, and the positive momentum they bring to the community.”
David Provost– Senior Vice President, Leasing, Boston Properties
“Startups are out there changing the world and we are so excited to be able to help them. In addition to world class office space, Microsoft is offering software, support and connections through Microsoft BizSpark to help Dogpatch Labs and TechStars member companies succeed. We cannot wait to see the incredible innovations that will emerge”.
Abby Fichtner – Evangelist for Startups, Microsoft
To celebrate our newest residents of NERD, we will be hosting a welcome mixer on February, 3rd 2011 from 6-8pm at One Cambridge Center (6th floor). We look forward to seeing you all there!
Update: Register for the welcome mixer here.