Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
- ICIC is a national nonprofit research and advisory organization that is responsible for the development and management of the Cultivate Small Business program.
ICIC’s mission is to drive economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment to create jobs, income and wealth for local residents. Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, the ICIC is a national nonprofit research and advisory organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there.
- Babson College, an independent, not-for-profit institution that specializes in entrepreneurship education, is responsible for the development and delivery of the innovative curriculum for the Cultivate Small Business program.
Babson is the educator, convener and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. An independent, not-for-profit institution, Babson is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). In the 2015–2016 academic year, more than 2,100 undergraduate and 900 graduate students are attending Babson, representing more than 80 countries. Learn more about the students in the first-year undergraduate class as well as the MBA and Masters graduate programs.
- CommonWealth Kitchen serves as Boston’s food business incubator and industry partner on the Cultivate Small Business program, supplying mentorship as well as assistance to Cultivate Small Business participants. CWK is also responsible for distributing capital grants to qualifying participants of the CSB program.
CommonWealth Kitchen is a collaborative community, providing shared kitchens combined with business assistance to help aspiring entrepreneurs build great food companies, create jobs, improve healthy food access, and strengthen our regional food economy.