The economic buzz of the burgeoning Boston technology scene is largely clustered in Cambridge’s Kendall Square and the Innovation District in South Boston. Gilad Rosenzweig wants to expand its reach.
The MIT graduate is planning to open a startup space for local entrepreneurs, Smarter in the City, this summer in Dudley Square, which straddles the Roxbury-Dorchester line.
That is, if he can find someone from the tech industry to pay for it.
The project comes as a similar effort — providing work space and high-tech training — is forming in the Grove Hall section of Dorchester. Its name: the Dream Factory.
“Nobody says it’s a bad idea, but most people are very hesitant to believe that this could succeed because they don’t think the talent is here,” said Rosenzweig, who is trying to raise about $250,000 for the first year of the program. “You’ll believe that a young white kid from a suburb could come up with a great idea and be a master coder, but you won’t believe that a young black kid from Roxbury could do the same thing.”