StartUp Worcester


StartUp Worcester 2023 Press Release Announcement

StartUp Worcester, coming up on its 9th year, is a joint program of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Venture Forum, and WorcLab to launch and to provide support as well as co-working space for the region’s budding entrepreneurs.


What does StartUp Worcester do?

The program helps to attract and incubate new businesses and retain local entrepreneurs in Central Massachusetts, where they have access to everything they need to succeed, by providing each participant with a free membership to the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, WorcLab, and Venture Forum. The program was initially geared towards college-age entrepreneurs, but now the program accepts applicants of all ages. Through events, one-on-one mentorship, and opportunities to build networks and fundraise, StartUp Worcester supports entrepreneurs with innovative and scalable concepts, often ones that are based in technology.

Each year, StartUp Worcester awards up to 12 full-year memberships to the Chamber, Venture Forum, and WorcLab. There is no charge for applications or winners. Each StartUp Worcester membership awarded is valued at thousands of dollars (the value of Chamber, WorcLab, and Venture Forum memberships), but the access to resources, mentors, new networks, and publicity are invaluable to help companies get to the next level.


How has the program been successful?

Just a few of our alumni companies include: Petricore, Inc. ’16, which designs app-based games with over 750,000 downloads and contracts with museums, companies, and other institutions; Slydde ’16, whose founder went on to create Amazon’s best-selling party card game; Solvus Global ’16, an additive manufacturer that opened a 32,000 SF manufacturing facility in Central Mass and whose founder Aaron Birt was named to the 2017 class of Forbes 30 under 30; HydroGlyde Coatings ’18, which has received over $1.4 million in funding from the government and the Gates Foundation; and The Learning Hub ’17, which was named HulaFrog’s most loved extracurricular STEM program and whose founder Giselle Rivera-Flores was named to the 2017 class of WBJ’s 40 Under 40.

Watch a Fox 25 news feature about two StartUp Worcester alumni



See the cohort members:

See members of the 2023 – 24 cohort.

See members of the 2022 – 23 cohort.

See members of the 2021 – 22 cohort.

See members of the 2020 – 21 cohort.

See members of the 2019 -20 cohort.

See members of the 2018 – 19 cohort.

See members of the 2017 – 18 cohort.

See members of the 2016 – 17 cohort.

See members of the 2015 – 16 cohort.



Read some of our success stories:


Aaron Birt ’16

Giselle Rivera-Flores ’17

Ryan Canuel ’16

Peter Levin ’17


Our partner organizations:






Our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor 2023-2024

Supporting Sponsors 2023-2024

Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C.

For more information:


David Sullivan or 508-753-2924, ext. 227.