Sponsors & Partners
These are people and places we have worked with collaboratively or who have supported us through the years. Please support them, too! We couldn't do this without them!
Sponsors & Partners
Dassault Systems Inc. - A global software company that created the Solidworks CAD software has sponsored us as a business incubator by giving us 10 networked licenses of all of their Solidworks software modules. A software package valued at $929,400.
Technocopia - A makerspace located in downtown Worcester. We have worked closely with our friends at Technocopia to ensure that our separate makerspaces are working cooperatively.
Artisan’s Asylum - A makerspace in Somerville, MA. The leadership at Artisan’s Asylum has gone to great lengths to help us get the WorcShop off the ground. They’ve given us invaluable insight into policies that have proven to work best for large-scale makerspaces.
Framingham MakerSpace - A makerspace in Framingham MA. We have been inactive collaboration with them in making a fire piece named Ave Propanæ which premiered at Burning Man in 2017.
Worcester Arts Council - Erin Williams, Cultural Development Officer for the City of Worcester, has been an enthusiastic supporter and an invaluable asset for several years.
City Councilor Gary Rosen - Our former district's city councilor. Strong proponent and advocate at city hall on our behalf.
Worcester City Manager’s Office - Erin Williams is the Cultural Development Officer of the city of Worcester.
WPI - Toby Bergstrom, our machine shop lead's, working relationship with WPI has expanded our existing network and created many exciting opportunities collaborating with numerous individuals at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. A prime example is WPI professor Adam Powell who recently acquired an SBIR Grant, has reserved a workspace & anticipates moving his company SilarTek into the WorcShop within the next few months.
Dynamy - A local prestigious internship program where young adults can choose a company to work as an intern for 11 weeks to gain job experience in a multitude of industries. The WorcShop has been host to a dozen interns already and Randal, one of our co-founders, recently received Sponsor of the Year for the mentorship provided to them.
Ray Wiznowski - Administrator for Quinsigamond Community College. Working with us to explore hosting a Maker Faire-type event here in Worcester.
ArtsWorcester - One of the last art galleries that remain in operation in Worcester County. ArtsWorcester is now in its 42nd year of exhibiting and advancing regional artists.
Worcester Center for Crafts - A space to learn, create, and be inspired! You can explore their well-equipped studios and working spaces at 3 different sites and experience everything from free parking to making glass beer steins. Make it in clay, create it in metal, capture it with film, blow it in glass—they do it all.
Creative Hub Worcester - A non-profit organization providing equitable access to arts and creative opportunities for the Greater Worcester community, with a focus on youth who are at-risk or underserved.
stART on the Street - The WorcShop has been a demonstrative space for the stART on the Street festival since September 2016, & plan to continue to do so in 2022 if stART is able to host its street festival by then. We also cross-promote our organizations on social media.
Fitchburg Blacksmithing and Renaissance Festival - 2019 was the first year we participated as a vendor and demonstrator, we hit it off with David Geary the organizer, and are looking forward to continuing to be part of the festival in the upcoming years.
Firefly Arts Collective - The WorcShop has hosted a number of projects, in conjunction with the Firefly organization, including the genie lamp project, Ave propane, and more. In 2018, they awarded our founder Randal Meraki a $5,000 art grant, which he turned into an interactive Phoenix fire art sculpture. Subsequently, the Phoenix has been displayed at Worcester First Night, Firefly, Spencer Street pARTy, and StArt on the Street.
Rep. David LeBoeuf - Our state representative has been an avid proponent of The WorcShop's endeavors. He has already worked to incorporate earmarks for funding related to infrastructure improvements to ensure the long-term success of our innovation center.
AF Toscano Electrical Services - Local electrician Anthony Toscano is a crucial supporter of The WorcShop. Recognizing the hurdles to reopening & the need for our services within the community, Tony has donated an extensive amount of time & labor pulling permits & making much-needed updates to the building on an expedited timeline, at a significant discount, with an extended payment plan.
Creative Development Co. - Founded in 1970 by John H. Finley III. Creative owns and manages approximately 1,300,000 square feet of property. They specialize in the revitalization of New England Mills and commercial space. Their diverse portfolio provides a home for many types of businesses, new and old, big and small. The company has two licensed construction supervisors, two licensed electricians, and multiple maintenance technicians specializing in various industries. Our team solves electrical, plumbing, and HVAC problems daily. As licensed contractors, they also offer tenants in-house fit-up opportunities. The maintenance staff combines many years of experience, skills, and expertise to help each tenant design the space that they truly desire. Charlotte Maynard, the organization's Managing Partner, is a key investor in the purchase of our new facility & brings vast knowledge and networks to our organization; while The WorcShop's members have successfully designed, built, & installed dozens of projects at various Creative Dev. Co. properties.
If you have any questions, please email us a TheWorcShop@gmail.com
Updated 11.01.21 JW