Worcester Startup Resources

Last update: 3/6/17
NameTarget PopulationStage of Business DevelopmentCost for ServicesBusiness Plan AssistanceAssistance with RegulationsConsultation & MentoringAccess to CapitalFinancial IncentivesCo-working SpaceIncubator / AcceleratorFinding a LocationWorkshops & SeminarsNetworking EventsWorkforce DevelopmentStrategic Planning Assistance
Ascentria Care AllianceRefugees and New AmericansAll stagesFree of chargeYESYES, indirectYESYESNONONOYESYESNOYESYES
Center for Women & EnterpriseWomen AND MenAll stagesLow-cost, Sometimes freeYESYES, indirectYESYES, indirectNONONOYES, indirectYESYESNOYES
City of Worcester Business & Community DevelopmentAll BusinessesAll stagesFree of chargeYES, indirectYESNOYESYESNONOYESYESNONONO
InteriseExisting BusinessesGrowthFee charged for programNOYES, indirectYESYES, indirectNONONONOYESNONOYES
Mass. Biomedical InitiativesLife Science BusinessesAll stagesFree of charge; membership-basedNOYESYESYES, indirectYES, indirectYESYESYESNONONOYES
MassDevelopmentAll BusinessesAll stagesFree consultation; cost for financingNOYESNOYESYESNONOYESYESNONONO
Mass. Growth Capital Corp.Existing BusinessesGrowthFree of chargeNONONOYESYES, indirectNONONONONONOYES, indirect
Mass. Manufacturing Extension PartnershipManufacturing BusinessesGrowthFree of chargeNOYESYESYES, indirectYES, indirectNONONOYESNOYESYES
Mass. Office of Business DevelopmentAll BusinessesAll stagesFree of chargeNOYESNOYES, indirectYESNONOYESNONONONO
MSBDC @ Clark UniversityAll BusinessesAll stagesFree assistance; cost for workshopsYESYES, indirectYESYES, indirectNONONOYES, indirectYESNONOYES
Running StartStartups / MicroenterprisesMostly StartupMembership-basedNONOYESYES, indirectNOYESNONONOYESNOYES
SCOREAll BusinessesAll stagesFree of chargeYESYESYESYES, indirectNONONONOYESYESNOYES
U.S. Small Business AdministrationSmall BusinessesAll stagesFree of chargeYES, indirectYES, indirectYES, indirectYES, indirectYES, indirectNONONOYESNONONO
SMOC Financial Services @ The MLK, Jr. CenterAll BusinessesAll stagesGenerally freeYESNOYESYESNONONOYESYESNOYESYES
The Venture ForumTech StartupsMostly StartupLow-cost, Sometimes freeYESYES, indirectYESYES, indirectNONONONOYESYESNOYES
VentureMeetsAll BusinessesAll stagesFree of chargeYES, indirectNOYES, indirectNONONONONONOYESNONO
Worcester Business Development Corp.All BusinessesAll stagesFree of chargeNOYES, indirectNOYESYES, indirectNONOYESNONONONO
Worcester Clean Tech IncubatorTech StartupsAll stagesFree of charge; membership-basedYESYES, indirectYESYES, indirectYES, indirectYESYESYESYESYESNOYES
Worcester Idea LabStartups / EventsMostly StartupFees may varyNONOYESNONOYESYESYESYESYESNONO
Worcester Public LibraryAll BusinessesMostly StartupFree of chargeYESYES, indirectYES, indirectNONOYESNONOYESNONONO
Worcester Regional Chamber of CommerceAll BusinessesAll stagesMembership-basedNOYESYES, indirectNONOYESYESYESYESYESYESNO
Workforce Central Career CenterAll BusinessesAll stagesFree of chargeNONOYESNONONONONOYESNOYESNO

For a full description of these resources see the WBRA website.