June 29, 2015

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Sen. Warren Tours Startup Company Incubators in Worcester

WORCESTER - Sen. Elizabeth Warren was less a visiting dignitary at Technocopia's maker space floor Monday afternoon than a kid on a field trip.

"Amazing," she said, taking a look at a 3D printer. A robotic hand she slipped on was "really cool."

"This is the heart of our economy," Ms. Warren said after her tour, which also included a stop next door at Running Start's incubator space inside the same building on Prescott Street. "It's this kind of creativity, and it's happening right here in Worcester."

Running Start and Technocopia, which between them have nearly 100 tenants, are just two of the incubators in the city trying to turn the once manufacturing hub into the next big startup destination in the state. At work benches and office tables inside the re-purposed mill building, fresh-out-of-college graduates sit shoulder-to-shoulder with MIT robotics scientists, each with the same idea: to make something innovative.

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