Social Impact at CIC Massachusetts

CIC Massachusetts is proud to open a Social Impact Cohort which will provide unique programming that supports small organizations led by historically underserved entrepreneurs—including BIPOC, female-identifying, and veteran-led businesses—based in Massachusetts. This opportunity is made possible by the Capital Readiness Program grant awarded by the Minority Business Development Agency, in which CIC was the only Massachusetts organization selected to receive funds. Applications are open from October 30-December 8, 2023.

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Our Social Impact Cohort

Social impact touches all areas of our community and economy. CIC strives to provide a positive, collaborative, and business-enhancing place for entrepreneurs to grow and innovate. We help connect the innovation community of Greater Boston and Massachusetts with the global innovation ecosystem to help solve tomorrow’s problems.

The companies in our Social Impact Cohort will receive complimentary access to work at one of our Massachusetts innovation campuses—an environment that encourages collaboration, learning opportunities, and interaction. They will also get access to regular programming through CIC, and local partners will provide cohort members with educational and networking opportunities. Additionally, cohort participants will receive 1:1 mentorship and introductions to potential capital investors.


Our ideal candidates are small organizations in the growth stages (approximately seed – Series  A). Candidates should have businesses based in Massachusetts. Founders should identify as one or more of the following: BIPOC, female, or veteran entrepreneurs.  Check out our FAQ below for more details on eligibility.


CIC Massachusetts’ Social Impact Cohort is a small group of intentionally chosen, growth-stage entrepreneurs based in Massachusetts. As part of the cohort, you’ll be a member of CIC, which means you’re joining a global network of entrepreneurs and innovators.


Applications are open from October 30-December 8. Candidates who are chosen to proceed to the final interview stage can expect to have a short call in January 2024. The final cohort will be announced at the end of January 2024 to begin on February 12, 2024, and will run for 6 months. Apply now.


Our ideal candidates are small organizations in the growth stages (approximately seed – Series  A). Candidates should have businesses based in Massachusetts. Founders should identify as one or more of the following: BIPOC, female, or veteran entrepreneurs.

We welcome startups in all industries to apply. We are particularly excited about companies in AI, robotics, life science, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, digital health, pharmaceuticals, defense, sustainability, climate tech, food tech, and fintech, but encourage any company, regardless of industry, to submit an application.

Each startup can have up to two representatives during the program. We would recommend that founders/CEOs and any decision makers plan to participate.

Yes! Participants will receive complimentary coworking access for the duration of the program, as well as for 3 months following their completion of the program.

In addition to curated networking events to allow participants to meet experts in their industry, build relationships with investors, and develop peer relationships, participants will also gain access to CIC’s global network of over 1,000+ entrepreneurs worldwide.

We will endeavor to make as much programming available both virtually and in-person as possible. Most lectures and mentoring sessions will be available virtually. However, some events can only be attended in-person, and we will make sure to give you notice when these are scheduled.

  • Expanded network of potential mentors, investors, and business contacts
  • Increased skills and knowledge to support your startup’s growth
  • Improved pitch and presentation deck
  • Strong community of peer support
  • Professional headshots
  • Access to CIC’s coworking space and global community
  • Opportunity to be awarded a small stipend at the final pitch event

Send an email to with information about your businesses and the support/services you’d like to provide.

Thank you for your interest in the CIC Massachusetts Social Impact Cohort

Applications will be open October 30 – December 8.

Please email

This webpage was prepared by CIC using Federal funds under award MB23OBD0340313 from the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) or the U.S. Department of Commerce.