About Us

Interise (formerly InnerCity Entrepreneurs) is the premier organization for established small businesses interested in growth. Interise seeks to fill a gap in small business economic development by using practice and applied research to promote job creation, wealth generation, and community building.

We fulfill our mission by partnering with  community-based organizations to offer:

  • advanced management training,
  • peer-to-peer learning,
  • one-on-one coaching, and
  • networking opportunities.

Our methodology allows entrepreneurs to learn from case studies of their own businesses so that upon completion of the program, each entrepreneur has set specific milestones, developed a strategic plan to grow his or her business, and worked with peers, experts, and coaches to gain greater access to new sources of capital, markets, and knowledge. Each entrepreneur receives a Certificate in Small Business Entrepreneurship from Boston University's Entrepreneurial Management Institute. 

Interise is also committed to developing a body of research and case studies on inner-city economic development. Our goal is to inform the academic and economic development communities and influence the public policy debate on allocating resources to existing businesses versus startups.