StartUp Worcester - Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

StartUp Worcester

Thank you for applying to the 2021-2022 StartUp Worcester cohort! We will see you next year when applications open up in spring 2022!


StartUp Worcester, now in its 7th year, is an initiative 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.

The program helps to incubate new businesses and to retain the bright young graduates of the area’s college and universities. StartUp Worcester encourages entrepreneurs from around the world to grow their business in Central Massachusetts, where they have access to everything they need to succeed. The program was initially geared towards college-age entrepreneurs, but now the program accepts applicants of all ages. The program supports entrepreneurs from a wide range of backgrounds, talents, and industries.

Watch a Fox 25 news feature about two StartUp Worcester alumni

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, which was acquired by NY company Hooch; Solvus Global ’16, which just opened a 32,000 SF manufacturing facility 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.

Each year, StartUp Worcester awards 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 $14,000 (the value of Chamber, WorcLab, and Venture Forum memberships), but the access to resources, mentors, network and publicity are invaluable to help companies get to the next level.



See the cohort members:


See a snapshot of the 2021 – 22 cohort.

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.



Read some of our success stories:


Aaron Birt ’16

Giselle Rivera-Flores ’17

Ryan Canuel ’16



Our partner organizations:






Our sponsors:


Berkshire Bank – Lead Sponsor


Better Business Bureau of Central New England – Supporting Sponsor


Pineapple Girl Productions – Marketing and Outreach Sponsor



For more information:


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



Application form for the 2022-23 cohort will be posted here in May 2022.