The mission of the CIC Wellness team is to enhance and energize our community through innovative mind-body programs that are both convenient and affordable. As early as 2003, we identified the need to integrate wellness into the entrepreneurial lifestyle and began introducing a variety of offerings, starting with massage therapy. Our ever-expanding curriculum now includes weekly guided meditation and yoga, tai chi, rotating fitness classes, running groups, and monthly seminar series designed to connect local wellness experts with the CIC community. We believe these resources have the power to transform individual movement into community inspiration and strength.
Amazon Web Services has a free program for startups at CIC called AWS Activate, which provides you with the following:
– $5,000 in AWS credits valid for 2 years.
– Free access to the AWS Essentials 1 day web-based or instructor-led training (normally ~$600/course), plus 8 tokens for self-paced labs (normally ~$30/lab).
– Two months of premium AWS Business Support (up to $5,000).
– Free access to 1:1 virtual office hours with AWS solutions architects.
– Special offers from other companies that help startups, including Chef, Bitnami, Amazon Payments, SOASTA, Podio, CopperEgg and more.
To get signed up, email firstname.lastname@example.org
BizSpark is a suite of Microsoft products, services, and credits designed to give startups the tools they need (software, licenses, tech support, cloud services), as well as market visibility in their network at no cost for 3 years. CIC has recently become a network partner, which means that, as a CIC client, you don’t need to apply directly to Microsoft for to receive these benefits, CIC can pre-approve you.
To qualify, Microsoft requires that your company be less than five years old, be privately held, have less than $1 million (U.S.) in revenue, and be developing software. At the end of three years, companies graduate, retaining perpetual licenses to all the software used while in the program and significant discounts on support and new software. While pre-approval is a benefit for CIC clients only, your Bizspark membership is not contingent on you remaining a CIC client. Once you have been approved, the benefits are yours as long as Bizspark allows.
To learn more about the program, please visit the BizSpark website (http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/about/default.aspx). If you are interested, please fill out this form (http://goo.gl/forms/Z5nzXjdIcv) and someone on CIC staff will reach out to you with a pre-approved registration link. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to email@example.com.
Rackspace Startup Program
Through CIC’s partnership with Rackspace, CIC startups can now apply to RackSpace’s Startup Program. Qualifying startups can get $2,000 per month credit for a year on public cloud, private cloud, or dedicated server hosting (or a combination of all three), up to $24,000 in credit total. In addition, you get free access to 24/7 app architecture support, promotion, and business and brand mentorship. You can apply by following this link: apply.rackspacestartups.com/apply/cic
Save 66% through CIC’s corporate membership with Hubway: your bike sharing system in Metro-Boston. Standard Annual Membership cost is $85, but through this program, you pay only $37.50 per year.
Once you’ve signed up, you can take a Hubway bike from any Hubway station and, so long as you return it to any Hubway station within 30 minutes, it’s free. If you keep it longer, you pay.
Email your community support team for the registration code to take advantage of our corporate account.
We have arranged a discount with Zipcar, a company that provides rental cars by the hour and by the day at many convenient locations, nationwide. Annual memberships are usually $175 but CIC clients only pay $35 per year. On our account, you’ll also see lower hourly and daily rates.
Email us for a promotional code for $35 in free driving when you sign up. You can get started at www.zipcar.com/cic.
Pure Fix Cycles | Pure City Cycles
Pure Fix Cycles’s fixed gear, single speed, and city commuter bike lines are great for urban riders. These simple, fun and affordable bikes come in over 30 color ways and features Original, Premium, Geared Step-Through and Classic bikes, Glow In The Dark and Track bikes. Receive 20% off on orders equal or above $299. Email your community support team for the discount code.
If you’re interested in getting your employees a bike instead of paying for a monthly parking pass, please contact business@
We have a Corporate Class account with Enterprise, who used to have an office at 1 Broadway. It gives you significant discounts when renting within New England, and discounts outside of New England as well.
For the corporate class number and PIN, email your community support team.
Many of our staff are notaries public, and notarizations for our clients are free. To set up a notarization, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will reach out to you to schedule a time.
inDinero is a cloud-based accounting software + service company working with startups and small businesses across the country to handle their bookkeeping, accounting, tax, and compliance. Our partnership provides a 30% discount for CIC members on both their onboarding and implementation fees as well as 30% off monthly service fees for 6 months. Our rep, George Smith is available by email and phone to address your accounting and payroll questions and help determine if InDinero‘s services are a fit for your business. To learn more, email email@example.com for introduction.
TriNet provides HR solutions to small and midsize businesses so you can focus on what your company does best. CIC clients are eligible for substantial discounts on TriNet’s services aimed at making top rate HR services accessible to small and growing companies. Their bundled HR products, TriNet Cloud applications, and strategic services simplify your HR. Tailored by industry, TriNet’s bundled HR products cover the core services of payroll, benefits, risk & compliance, an HR team and a cloud platform. TriNet partners with more than 11,000 clients in a variety of industries and managed more than $25 billion in payroll and payroll taxes in 2014. To learn more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIC has partnered with UPS directly to offer CIC clients up to 32% off on shipping. Visit savewithups.com/cic to view the discount chart and to sign up.
UPS also offers information and guidance on a variety of services, from shipping logistics to shipment insurance to customs management to capital investment. If you are interested in learning more about what UPS has to offer CIC clients, feel free to email email@example.com.
CIC members get up to 20% off with Cubiq. Once you sign up, Cubiq will drop storage “cubes” to CIC for you, you can fill them up, take a picture for reference, and have access to them whenever you need.
You are welcome to use this discount both for business and personal storage. Email your community support team for the voucher code.
Optima/FedEx: CIC has entered into an agreement to provide shipping discounts through Optima (collaborators with FedEx). If you’re interested in signing up or want to know more about shipping logistics, please visit ShipOptima.com/Cambridge-CIC or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIC has entered into an agreement with InXpress and DHL to provide discounts on their international shipping rates. If you’re interested in signing up or want to know more about international shipping logistics, please visit GreaterBostonAreaShipping.com, or email email@example.com.
Ambit Creative Group
CIC members save 15% off of standard creative rates and production services from Ambit Creative Group and receive free delivery.
Creative: everything from logos, websites, identity materials, and investor relations presentations to infographics, live action and animated videos, marketing collateral, and event themes.
Production: includes offset printing, digital printing, large format printing, event display systems, branded promotional items & apparel, custom packaging and mailing services.
Sell online, ship to any business customer globally. Get 25% off shipping for your buyers for a year.
Tundra is a direct ecommerce platform that helps modern suppliers expand their reach. Their platform simplifies purchasing and automates freight shipping, making it easy for products to arrive on time anywhere in the world. Tundra is completely free. There are no listing fees, promotion fees, service fees, or commissions. Suppliers keep 100 percent of the product revenue from every sale, and buyers checkout with fully-landed costs. Every storefront automatically calculates shipping, including duties and taxes, and instantly generates comprehensive downloadable quotes. Check them out at www.tundra.com.
For CIC members, Tundra is offering 25% off shipping on sales for a year. As a fellow CIC member, their team is also happy to advise on sales growth strategy, and best practices for extending your reach. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to access your member discount.
The Venture Café Foundation believes that anyone with an idea should feel empowered to become a successful entrepreneur. The Venture Café’s mission is to connect the innovation community, expand the definition of innovation, and build a more inclusive innovation economy in order to achieve our vision.
The Venture Café Boston operates spaces (District Hall, Roxbury Innovation Center and Venture Café Kendall), programs (Innovation Visitors Bureau and Captains of Innovation Program) and initiatives (Café Nights, StartHUB, Veterans Entrepreneurship Series, Venture Café Presents and Civic Innovation Conversations) in the greater Boston area as part of the Venture Café Foundation.
The weekly Café Nights @ Venture Café Kendall provides a physical nexus to connect innovators and entrepreneurs through conversations and scheduled programs. These evening gatherings are held every Thursday on the 5th floor of the Cambridge Innovation Center at One Broadway in Kendall Square from 3 to 8 PM.
Visit the Calendar page to see the event details. Remember to check yes on the “Are you a part of an affiliate organization?” box and select CIC or C3 when you sign-in at the Venture Cafe Kiosk.
We believe it’s important to offer opportunities for young people to participate in entrepreneurship and the local innovation ecosystem. For this reason, the Cambridge Youth Outreach Group facilitates three rounds of high school internships annually – two series of winter internships from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and the Community Charter School of Cambridge, and a round of summer interns through the City of Cambridge.
To make it easier for companies to hire interns, CIC waives per-person fees for high school interns that come through our program.
If you are interested in hosting a high school intern or would like more information, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
CIC is part of The Startup Federation, which is a network of collaborative communities. You can learn more about it here: http://www.1776.vc/
Cambridge Youth Outreach Group
Are you interested in getting involved with supporting professional development for local young people? CIC’s Cambridge Youth Outreach Group offers opportunities to mentor, volunteer, and support for community youth groups and afterschool programs. We know that entrepreneurs are busy, so we offer many levels of commitment – as simple as a one-hour Minute Mentor session or as involved as sponsoring a local youth through Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Examples of our volunteer opportunities include serving on a career panel for high school students, facilitating an elementary school field trip, and professional coaching for student entrepreneurs.
For more information or to sign up for our emails, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.