In our March/April print edition, we reported that a new software company (SmartBear) had moved into Assembly Row. Now it seems that Somerville may have seriously caught the tech bug: TechHub will open its first American location in Somerville next week. The company, which provides a shared workspace for technology ventures, boasts seven locations throughout Europe.
The term “hub,” while it may carry different weight in countries across the pond, evokes neighboring Boston’s nickname, Hub of the Universe. It’s exactly that spirit that is carried over into TechHub’s ethos: The company attempts to bring the movers and shakers—and investors—of the tech community under one roof. Annual memberships start at $450 ($250 for students) and get you access to the space (212 Elm St.) as well as all other TechHub’s around the world.
The shared workspace will also host events and has already rolled out the welcome mat for the local tech community. Their “demo nights” serve as an open house for TechHub member startups to show off their recent work. These mini-presentations and Q&A sessions are often followed by food and libations—as TechHub’s site boasts, pizza and beer are bound to flow freely.
TechHub’s local operations team settled on Davis Square after first considering a location in the Seaport District and the Roxbury Innovation Center, BetaBoston reported earlier this week. (A contract for the Roxbury location was ultimately awarded to the Venture Café Foundation.) TechHub open their doors on Monday and offer free day passes for the rest of the month. Their soft open will culminate in a demo day on April 7.