Fenway Fervor: The Hottest Boston Startups
The hottest tech companies in Boston are no longer confined strictly to the Seaport or Kendall Square. Big, big things continue to happen in The Fenway, including an entrepreneurial influx of investors, innovators and disruptors. In short, many of the hottest Boston startups now reside in the neighborhood and the epicenter of all the action is Hatch Fenway.
Since launching in July of 2015, Hatch Fenway, a launch pad for rapidly scaling businesses with disruptive ideas, has quickly turned the neighborhood famous for “America’s most beloved ballpark” into a hotbed for entrepreneurship and innovation. Proof of that exists in the work space’s company roster, comprised of a dozen tech startups at any one time working to disrupt a diverse array of industries. Here, you’ll find a comprehensive guide detailing everything you need to know about the young businesses currently making waves at Hatch, nestled in the heart of Boston.
And of course, be sure to check out The Fenway’s past coverage of all things Hatch, for more on Boston’s startup, tech and innovation scene.
The way Nift works is simple: A business in the Nift network gives its customers a gift card—or a Nift—which is in turn redeemable at another business in the Nift network. Have you heard the old adage, a rising tide floats all boats? That’s sort of what you’ve got here. In May, the company raised $3 million in seed funding.
Avrio is working on building an AI-based service that “reduces friction between employers and job seekers.” What’s that mean exactly? Avrio wants to simplify the job hunt process, for both sides. For employers, the company helps them better signal boost who they are, to give prospective applicants a fuller idea of the company. For job seekers, they help customize resumes and in turn guide you through the job hunt with expert coaching. Because everyone could use a hand when it comes to finding a job.
For city-dwellers, taking care of a pet can be a challenge. Enter: Baroo. The young company aims to make pet ownership in the city a bit easier by bringing full-service care right to your door while you’re busy at work. The company has already partnered with more than 20 luxury apartment complexes throughout Boston and also has a presence in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
The idea behind Lighter is really quite simple. As a user, it tells you what groceries to buy to help get you—you guessed it—lighter. Members can expect customized grocery lists, flexible weekly menus, and food recommendations from healthcare professionals, chefs, athletes and more, to help you balance work, life and health. And, as a member, your whole family can participate. For more info, check out their site or read about them on Bostinno.
The first-ever Hatch partner, Toast has designed and built a pioneering POS system specifically for the restaurant industry. In addition to being the first business to call Hatch home, it’s also the largest. It currently employs more than 250 people, and is still hiring, as it looks to fill roles in product engineering, sales, operations, services and more, both in Boston and throughout its 45-state footprint.
Shoobx is more than an app. In the words of Matt Rowe, general counsel with the company, “It’s a platform. It’s a cockpit through which businesses manage themselves.” More specifically, Shoobx is a system around which entrepreneurs, executives, lawyers and other company stakeholders come together to generate, review and approve company documents. With those all in one place, innovators are able to focus on what’s most important: innovating.
Appcues exists to help entrepreneurs build efficient in-product experiences—without writing code. Already trusted by companies like HubSpot and the aforementioned Toast, the Appcues platform improves free-trial conversion, user onboarding, customer retention, feature adoption and more.
Her Campus Media, LLC
Named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “best entrepreneurial companies in America” in 2015, Her Campus Media is an innovative media and marketing agency dedicated to improving the lives of college women. It does that by delivering content through both its own properties and in partnership with major corporations. “All college women can benefit from taking part in events and programming we offer,” said Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, Her Campus co-founder, CEO and editor in chief, speaking with The Fenway last year. “It’s really about being a career-development vehicle in media, marketing and journalism.”
PULSE@MassChallenge is a newly launched incubator within an incubator, focused on the convergence of technology and healthcare. Born of a partnership between MassChallenge and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, PULSE, which occupies the entire southeast corner of the 8th floor of the Landmark Center, houses up to 40 early stage businesses in the digital healthcare sector. And Hatch’s proximity to the world-renowned Longwood Medical Area enables technological innovators to collaborate with some of the sharpest medical minds in the world.
Navigating the healthcare system can be tricky. ACT.md alleviates those challenges by connecting all care team members through one cloud-based platform where they can develop, communicate and execute care plans, and engage with patients and their families. The company was co-founded by a trio of medical and pharmaceutical veterans at Boston Children’s Hospital and subsequently incubated at the Harvard Innovation Lab.
Breaking into the innovation space in America can sometimes be difficult for non-English speakers. Liaoyuan aims to help with that. Though headquartered in Boston at Hatch Fenway, the social networking platform connects Chinese-speaking entrepreneurs and investors together to help facilitate funding. Innovation can be a language of its own and communication barriers should never stifle great ideas.