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Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) is a global company that seeks to fix the world through innovation by helping exceptional entrepreneurs innovate better and faster.

We do this by developing innovation ecosystems that support exceptional innovators and entrepreneurs to translate their ideas into practical, large-scale benefits for society. CIC was founded in 1999 in the Kendall Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Today, CIC operates core innovation facilities and programming in the innovation districts in Cambridge, Boston, St. Louis, Missouri, Miami, Florida, Rotterdam, Netherlands, and newly announced spaces in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (opening late 2018), Providence, Rhode Island (opening 2019), Warsaw, Poland (opening in 2020), and others on the way.

Our approach is to create concentrated hubs of collaborative innovation, known as “innovation districts” in cities. These incorporate specialized infrastructure and are distinguished by intense, productive innovation communities. In each city in which CIC operates, we look to create one or more physical sites, about 1,000,000 square feet in total, which we collectively refer to as an “innovation campus.”  The campus will, over time, form the core of the city’s innovation district, which should have capacity to grow to 5,000,000 square feet, or larger.

Within the campus, we create and partner with an interconnected set of best-in-the-world for-profit and nonprofit organizations that work together to achieve the results outlined above. The companies occupying these campus buildings and startup spaces come from every sector of technological innovation and include startups, innovation arms of larger companies, venture capital investors, and specialized service providers supporting innovators.

Collectively, the districts CIC has been involved with comprise over 15,000,000 square feet of commercial office and lab space. Within these innovation districts, CIC provides innovation-related programming in the central “innovation campus” buildings totaling approximately 2,500,000 square feet. CIC directly operates shared startup spaces within those campus buildings, comprising more than 840,000 square feet in total.  Of that, about 440,000 square feet is in the Boston/Cambridge area, where CIC has 9 for-profit and nonprofit affiliated operations serving more than 1500 companies.

In every city where we operate, CIC collaborates as a strong, values-driven partner with building owners, developers, educational institutions, and city, regional, and national governments. We expect to have a measurable impact in the short term, within five years of our arrival to a city, and to continue growing the scale and scope of that impact for decades. We look for long-term, stable relationships with mutual benefit for all parties involved.

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