StartUp Worcester

Application for the next cohort is at the bottom of this page–Due to Coronavirus, the program dates have changed and deadline to apply has been extended to August 7, 2020!


Lead Sponsors


Supporting Sponsor

StartUp Worcester is now in it’s fifth year of the program. StartUp Worcester is an initiative of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Higher Education – Business Partnership, The Venture Forum, and WorcLab to launch and to provide support as well as space for the region’s young entrepreneurs.

The initiative helps to incubate new businesses and to retain the bright young graduates of the area’s college and universities. StartUp Worcester encourages them to grow their business here – where they have access to everything they need to succeed.


Some of our previous companies include Petricore Games ’16 which is now operating out of the Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship and employs 6 people; Slydde ’16 which was acquired by NY company Hooch; Aaron Birt ’15 who is one of 2017 Forbes 30 under 30, and HydroGlyde Coatings ’17 which has received over $500k in funding from the Gates Foundation, NIH and the MA Life Sciences Center. The Learning Hub ’16 was named HulaFrog’s most loved STEM program in 2017, and it’s founder Giselle Rivera-Flores was named one of WBJ’s 40 Under 40 in 2017.

Each year, StartUp Worcester awards 12, full year memberships to both the Chamber, The Venture Forum, and WorcLab.

There is no charge for applications or winners. Each StartUp Worcester membership awarded is valued at over $1,500 (Chamber, WorcLab shared office and The Venture Forum memberships), but the access to resources, mentors, network and publicity are invaluable to help companies get to the next level.

See a snapshot of the 2020 – 21 cohort.

See a snapshot of the 2019 -20 cohort.

See a snapshot of the 2018 – 19 cohort.

See a snapshot of the 2017 – 18 cohort.

See a snapshot of the 2016 – 17 cohort.

See a snapshot of the 2015 – 16 cohort.


Partnering Organizations



Karen Pelletier or 508.753.2924, ext. 229.


We have 4 spots available for 2020-21 with a rolling application deadline. Please contact Karen Pelletier to apply.