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Contact Information

General email: innovation@framingham.edu

Center Phone (at reception desk): 508.215.5921 Meeting Room 214A Phone: 508.215.5919

Address and Hours

Entrepreneur Innovation Center at the Maynard Building at Framingham State University 14 Vernon Street, Room 215 (second floor) Framingham, MA 01701

Open Hours:

Our hours fluctuate with the University academic and vacation schedule and with members' needs.

Generally, we are open Monday through Friday between 8 and 5:30 pm. Some days we open at 8:30 am or 9 am, again depending on the university schedule.

We are often able to accommodate members for hours outside of our regular open hours, including evening and weekends, on a case-by-case basis, so please ask us, and we will do our best to accommodate and serve you.

Meeting Rooms

Meeting spaces are not to be used as workspace as it takes away from other members’ ability to use these spaces to plot world domination or wow prospective clients. They are also to be used for a prolonged business or a shorter one if the Telephone Booth is not available. With that being said, if the main workspace, the Commons, and Meeting Room/Conference Room are occupied, then, and only then may members request of the Staff at the FSU Community Education offices for a space for a short period of time (perhaps 45 minutes or an hour). If possible the student intern who is staffing the Center shift should ask the Community Education staff for approval. The Community Education classrooms and meeting rooms are managed by another division of the University. We need to be respectful that this is #1 their space.

Book a Meeting Room

1. Log on to http://innovatefsu.workbar.com

2. Click "Book a Room"

3. Choose your date and time for 214A Meeting Room and click on the block once.

4. Enter your start and end time, title for the meeting, make sure you are the host, and click "Book It!"

5. You should receive a confirmation email confirming your reservation.


File Cabinets For Rent

Should you require filing space at the center, we currently offer individual 2 drawer file cabinets that you may rent for $5 per month (with your monthly payment). These cabinets are lockable to keep your documents safe and are located below the desks in the main Workspace. Please contact the Operations Coordinator or the Director at the center to enquire more.

Technology

Internet

Network: "Entrepreneur_WiFi"

Password: "Innovationcenter"

Wobbe

Once you reach the Wobbe dashboard, if this is your fist time here, click "Sign Up" to create a profile. Make sure to use the email associated with your active Workbar account. Once you have registered, edit your profile page to include your photo, a company logo and anything else you want other members to see.

Phones and Phone Booth

Center Phone (at reception desk): 508.215.5921 , Meeting Room 214A Phone: 508.215.5919

Our main workspace phone is located on the reception desk when you enter the Center. You may use the phones to make local phone calls. To dial out, dial : Dial 8 + 10 Digit number.

You will also find our Phone Booth next to the reception area where you will be able to make and receive calls without disturbing the other members. This room does not need to be reserved and can be used whenever it is required.

Printer Instructions

For Windows / PC

In order to use the printer at the Innovation Center, you will need to first download a driver onto your computer.

  1. Go to http://www.support.xerox.com/support/phaser-3635mfp/downloads/enus.html?operatingSystem=win7x64
  2. In the "Operating System" dropdown box, select your operating system (Windows 7 x 32, Windows 8 x 64, etc).
  3. From the list of Drivers, select the "PCL6 Driver" option. This may say "64-bit" or "32-bit" depending on your version of Windows.
  4. Click the "Accept" button to save the file to your desktop.
  5. Extract the printer software to a folder or to your desktop by clicking the "Extract All" button.
  6. Once the files are extracted, go to your Start menu, then choose Devices and Printers.
  7. Select "Add Printer" then "Network Printer". The wizard should be able to find the Center's printer: IP address 192.168.1.246.
  8. If the wizard cannot find the Center's printer, click "The printer that I want isn't listed" and then select "Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname". Enter the IP address 192.168.1.246 into the box "Hostname or IP address". The "Port Name" box should automatically populate. Uncheck the "Query the printer..." box.
  9. Once you have selected the printer, click "Next" to install the printer.
  10. You will then be prompted to give the printer a name. We suggest using "FSU Innovation Center" as the printer name, however you can choose whatever works for you!
  11. You will be given the option to share this printer. This will not be necessary, therefore select "Do not share this printer". Click "Next".
  12. At this point, you should see that you have successfully added the printer driver. Click "Print a test page." If the test page works, click "Finish."

For Mac

In order to use the printer at the Innovation Center, you will need to first download a driver onto your computer.

  1. Go to http://www.xerox.com
  2. In the "Search Xerox" search box at the top right corner of the page, type Phaser3635
  3. Before clicking search, choose the "Drivers and Downloads: Phaser 3635MFP" option
  4. Select the driver Mac OS X Print Driver Installer Package 10.7, 10.8, 10.9
  5. Click "Accept" and begin the software download
  6. Once the software is downloaded, chose the printer named "MaynardPR2", IP Address: 192.168.1.246
  7. A test page should print out if the software was installed correctly.

Scanning to USB

1) Insert your USB in the port on the left side of the keypad. 2) Select “Store to USB” option on the main home screen 3) Select “yes” when prompted. 4) Put your papers in the top feeder (face up) so that the green light in the tray goes on. 5) Select “Store File” 6) Make any adjustments (B&W, “Change File Name,” or “Continuous Scan” for larger files) and click “Start” 7) When everything has finished scanning, “Remove Memory”. The system will notify you to safely remove the USB.

Interns at the Center

The Center offers assistance from a team of University-paid undergrad interns. Most are juniors and seniors who are carefully selected and interviewed by the Center’s directors Dr. Krim and Assistant Director, Dr. Ndinguri. There are usually 4 to 8 interns each semester. Each intern has different competencies. The Center seeks to recruit an intern team for a semester which is drawn from students in a wide range of departments.

Entrepreneurs must submit projects for approval and assignment of interns to Dr. Krim. If Dr. Krim is away from campus for more than a week, than Dr. Ndinguri is in-charge. It is best to give new projects to Dr. Krim by noon on Wednesday of each week. All the interns are enrolled in a course – the Entrepreneurship Internship Practicum Seminar which meets on Thursday afternoons. This is a full credit course for the students. It is at this Practicum seminar meeting that decisions are made or changed concerning which interns will work on which projects. Students integrate their academic study of Entrepreneurship (there is course reading) with the practical learning of working on the members projects for their startup.

Most students rotate onto the internship for only one semester because the intern scholarship program (CHOICE) which pays them only permits a student to serve for one semester as an undergraduate. Entrepreneur Center Members are allocated 8 hours of Intern hours per week but this may vary among project requirements, and the time of year. The summer semesters interns have more hours. The interns on duty – “shift” are also available to assist you regarding daily concerns and issues. They are working to meet your needs. Feel free to ask them for help with the copier, the phones, how to use the K-cup coffeemaker, etc.

Workbar Network

We are excited to be a Workbar Network location, which gives our members access to a network of the best coworking spaces in Greater Boston along with a strong community of creative professionals.

To learn more about locations and your access to the Workbar Network as a Fields Corner Business Lab member, visit Workbar Network Access.

Guest Policy

We love guests and encourage you to invite others to the Center and to Workbar. Please notify the intern at the Intern’s desk of any guests. Please note that space at the Framingham Innovation Center is limited. In the event of an overflow of members using the Center, preference for workspace will be given to FSU Center members first. To ensure you have availability of a desk when you arrive at the Center , you may book a desk which can be done using Wobbe.

Cancellation Policy

Memberships require notice of cancellation sent prior to the last business day of the previous month by sending an email to innovation@framingham.edu. First and last month membership dues will be billed at the time of enrollment and are non-refundable.

Perks & Discounts

All members of the Center have access to all Workbar Network Perks & Discounts

Café Ruth History and the Easy Chairs

Our café is named after Ruth Wakefield, a 1924 Nutrition major who graduated and started a restaurant with her husband – the “Toll House.” While experimenting with making a cookie from Colonial times, Ruth Wakefield came up with a totally new cookie – the Tollhouse cookie,” which took on the name of the “chocolate chip cookie” in the 1940’s.

That cookie has changed many lives in the nation, and the world. Cafe Ruth brings together the passion for innovation, with the simple need that innovators, such as yourselves, need to take a break, and to just “hang out” for a while. Many times it is during such “off work” moments that the members talk about their frustration, and seek advice from other members. Dr. Krim’s research came to call this phenomenon the “Bump and Connect” (March 2006). The easy chairs are there to help you hang out, to talk, and thereby make better innovations. The hope is that they change the world and in the process help create new companies and jobs in MetroWest.