A dozen area startups, representing five Worcester colleges, have won memberships in a new program designed to launch new businesses.
The 12 – all graduates of their schools - were selected from among 23 applicants for the Startup Worcester program, a joint venture of The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and partners, The Venture Forum and Running Start, which provides space for entrepreneurs to launch their businesses. The selectees were announced at a reception last week at Running Start, located on Prescott Street.
The chamber's Higher Education–Business Partnership coordinated the effort to encourage innovative startups to locate their businesses in Worcester by providing support to the graduates.
StartUp Worcester, in its first year, is a partnership between the chamber, The Venture Forum and Running Start, with support from sponsors Commerce Bank and law firm DarrowEveret. Participation in the program was determined through a competitive application process and review by a committee. Each of the 12 receives a one-year StartUp Worcester membership, which includes space at Running Start, as well as membership in the chamber and The Venture Forum.
The winners are: