Worcester has a large startup ecosystem, including the following partners:
Mass manufacturing extension partnership
MassMEP is a collaborative center comprised of government, business, and academic partners dedicated to helping Massachusetts manufacturers meet the challenges of competing in an ever-changing economy.
Worcester SCORE has provided free, expert advice to Worcester County businesses since 1967. Over 30 mentors, both working and retired executive volunteers, have a wealth of hands-on experience across many functions and industries.
Small Business DEVELOPMENT center - Clark University
The SBDC at Clark University is an advisory center for the Massachusetts SBDC. The mission of America’s network of SBDCs is to help new entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and assist existing businesses remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.
Tech Advisors Network - WPI
One of the cornerstones of the innovation and ecosystem in Worcester, TAN is essentially a virtual incubator. A group of over 80 volunteers, the advisors, offer advice on business plans, marketing strategies, and leads on potential partners—and funding to students, faculty, and alumni aiming to turn ideas into commercial ventures.
Educational and Networking
The Venture Forum
The Venture Forum is the not-for-profit community for technology entrepreneurs at any stage. Whether you are an experienced technology business owner, an angel investor, venture capitalist, or someone with ideas for starting a new venture, think of The Venture Forum as a place to test out ideas, gain useful feedback, and find needed resources.
The Worcester Business Resource Alliance
The WBRA disseminates valuable information among its members about small business and entrepreneur training opportunities, events, resources, and funding opportunities, who then inform their respective clients.
Come network, meet other entrepreneurs in the community, and find great people with an entrepreneurial attitude to bounce ideas off of and collaborate with. The goal of our meets is to continually improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Worcester.