Greater Worcester

Located in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the “heart of the Commonwealth.” Established as a town in 1722, it was formally incorporated as a city in 1848.  Worcester has a long rich history of industry and innovation but it came of age as a truly industrial city in the forty years 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 but in the mid-20th century, large urban renewal projects were undertaken to try and reverse the city’s decline. Today, Worcester’s economy has begun to recover as the city expanded into biotechnology and healthcare fields and the city 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!

Local Stories and News

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.

Support Our Site

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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We're Hiring!

Executive Director

Margie Breault

Program Manager

Local Partners

Coming Soon!

Leadership Advisory Board

  • Christina M. Andreoli – Berkshire Bank
  • Eric Busenburg – Euro-American Worldwide Logistics
  • Mary Casey – Harbor Law Group
  • John Esler – Esler Family Foundation (Board Chair)
  • Jeanne Esler – Esler Family Foundation
  • Dina Gaudette – Gaudette Insurance Agency
  • John Haffty – Navin, Haffty & Associates
  • Robyn Kennedy – YWCA of Central Massachusetts
  • Sheila King Goodwin – Fidelity Bank
  • Manasseh Konadu –  ākra LLC
  • Emmanuel Larbi – ākra LLC
  • Ladd Lavallee – Laddawn Inc.
  • Stacy Luster – Worcester State University
  • Helder Machado – Machado Consulting
  • Bart McCracken – Immedia Event Productions
  • Nick Smith – Rand Whitney
  • Kelsey Stuart – Hanover Insurance
  • Bob Sommers – City Wide of Boston
  • Monica Thomas Bonnick – Webster 5 Bank
  • Elaine Vescio – Worcester State University