WORCESTER, Mass. – Massachusetts has always been on the cutting edge of innovation.
New companies are sprouting up in Kendall Square in Cambridge and Boston’s Seaport all the time. Now, Worcester is getting in on the action, trying to help startups – start up.
The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce has developed “Start Up Worcester,” a program that is tapping into the local college community and fostering innovation.
Tim Murray, the Chamber’s CEO and President, says “Start Up Worcester is about encouraging students who might have an idea… and giving them a framework in terms of physical location, mentorship, financial assistance, business plan development.”
One of the program’s participants was Petricore, a young company that creates video games and interactive museum exhibits. It was founded by Ryan Canuel who graduated from Becker College in 2015.
“Start Up Worcester was a great boost early on,” said Canuel. “We had whole community of people within the city of Worcester that really wanted to see a start up like ours grow and succeed and do well and hire employees.”