Greater Worcester

Located in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the “heart of the Commonwealth.” It has a rich history of industry and innovation and became a notable industrial city after the Civil War. After World War II, Worcester began to fall into decline as the city lost its manufacturing base to cheaper alternatives across the country and overseas. Worcester’s economy started to recover as the city expanded into biotechnology and healthcare fields and it has gotten national recognition as an entrepreneurial-friendly hub. Fun fact: Worcester resident Harvey Ball designed the world-famous Smiley Face in 1963.

Our Programs

Business Accelerator

The Accelerator is a free, one-year program offered twice a year in EforAll communities. It provides immersive business training, mentorship and access to an extended professional network. Anyone with a dream to start or grow a business is encouraged to apply.

Pitch Contests

Fast-paced, fun community events that enable early-stage entrepreneurs to gain valuable exposure and feedback on a business idea at no cost. Great opportunity to network and validate business idea with potential to win a cash prize from EforAll.

Greater Worcester Entrepreneurs

Upcoming Events

Check back soon for upcoming events!

News and Local Stories

Greater Worcester Mentor Spotlight

Local Volunteer Opportunities

Our Greater Worcester community will engage over 200 volunteers each year to help support entrepreneurs who participate in our Business Accelerators and Pitch Contests. There are several volunteer options so you can apply for the one that best fits your interests and availability.

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If you want to help support our entrepreneurs in the Worcester area, please consider making an online donation today.  Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

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Jose Castro

Executive Director

Armida Abreu

Program Manager

Local Partners

Coming Soon!

Leadership Advisory Council

  • Christina M. Andreoli – Berkshire Bank
  • Eric Busenburg – Euro-American Worldwide Logistics
  • Mary Casey – Harbor Law Group
  • Jeanne Esler – Esler Family Foundation
  • John Esler – Esler Family Foundation (Board & Finance Chair)
  • Dina Gaudette – Gaudette Insurance Agency
  • John Haffty – Navin, Haffty & Associates
  • Manasseh Konadu –  ākra LLC
  • Emmanuel Larbi – ākra LLC
  • Ladd Lavallee – Laddawn Inc.
  • Helder Machado – Machado Consulting
  • Bart McCracken – Immedia Event Productions
  • Kelsey Stuart – Hanover Insurance
  • Monica Thomas Bonnick – Webster 5 Bank