2016 Collaborative Workspace Program Grant Winners


Fit-Out Awards:

Artisan’s Asylum, Somerville - $100,000

The Artisan’s Asylum will make upgrades that will allow the facility, which is the largest makerspace on the East Coast, to expand its diverse community of makers, artists, engineers, craftspeople, and learners.

Cook Test+Launch, Greenfield and North Adams - $100,000

The Franklin County Community Development Corporation and Greylock WORKS will make strategic improvements to their facilities, enabling the launch of a new collaborative project that will grow new culinary businesses that support local food systems. This award complements a MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant supporting Greylock WORKS, and a Massachusetts Food Ventures Program award to the Franklin County CDC, both awarded in 2016.

Greater Gardner Business Incubator, Gardener - $20,000

The Greater Gardner Business Incubator will grow jobs in north central Massachusetts, and advance the redevelopment of downtown Gardner, by launching a new, immersive business incubator and coworking space.

MassDIGI New Ventures Center at Becker, Worcester - $50,000

Grant funding will support the development of the New Ventures Center, a new, publicly facing incubator lab for Becker College students and community entrepreneurs working in interactive media and digital game development, by financing the purchase of a state-of-the-art core computing network.

Stock Pot Malden LLC, Malden - $100,000

Collaborative Workspace Program funding will allow the Stock Pot, a food incubator serving a diverse mix of food wholesalers, catering companies, food trucks, meal kit providers, and specialty food providers, to expand its capacity, and offer new services to clients.

TechSandBox, Inc., Hopkington - $55,375

TechSandBox is a tech incubator providing collaborative coworking and maker space for entrepreneurs along the I-495 corridor. Grant funding will create new prototyping capacity, and make improvements to the incubator’s basic infrastructure.

The Maker Innovation Lab Lawrence, Lawrence - $64,850

The Maker Innovation Lab (The M.I.L.L) is a new Maker Space that will support community creative expression through workshops, hands-on forums, events and provide equipment, materials and tools necessary to support current and potential entrepreneurs.

The WorcShop, Worcester - $100,000

The WorcShop, a facility that combines studio and industrial shop space, will make critical improvements to its facility that will deepen the organization’s capacity to support art, innovation, and creativity in central Massachusetts.

UTEC Community Kitchen, Lowell - $50,000

UTEC’s new Community Kitchen project will engage immigrant and lower-income entrepreneurs from Lowell and beyond, by providing commercial kitchen capacity for prepared foods and food manufacturing.

Worcester Clean Tech Incubator, Worcester – $23,500

Collaborative Workspace Funding will advance the redevelopment of the historic Printers Building in Worcester, by supporting the expansion of the Worcester Clean Tech Incubator.


Seed Awards

Bank Street Armory, Fall River - $25,000

Planning funds will allow the City of Fall River to conduct pre-development and feasibility work necessary to transform the historic, vacant Bank Street Armory facility into a new collaborative workspace, currently planned to include technology, textile design, and manufacturing.

Barnstable Innovation Center, Barnstable - $25,000

Planning funds will explore the feasibility of redeveloping the former Cape Cod Times building into a new coworking facility that would serve companies working in the blue economy.

CoWork Gloucester, Gloucester - $22,500

CoWork Gloucester will advance planning on a new collaborative workspace designed to spur new entrepreneurship in maritime and non-maritime businesses, and diversify Gloucester’s economy.

Creative Hub Worcester, Worcester - $23,500

Grant funding will accelerate the development of this new visual arts makerspace in Worcester, by funding a portion of the project’s predevelopment design and planning costs.

Fairmount Innovation Lab, Dorchester - $25,000

The Fairmount Innovation Lab will use seed grant funds to perform market study, feasibility and design work, in order to provide an appropriate mix of coworking, meeting, gathering, and maker space, as the Innovation Lab expands into a new, larger facility in Uphams Corner.

Holyoke Creative Arts Center, Holyoke - $13,000

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center will collaborate with the Brick coworking shop, to launch a new collaborative maker’s village. Grant funds will advance predevelopment work on the project, including design work and code review.

Holyoke Workforce and Innovation Center, Holyoke - $25,000

The Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation and the City of Holyoke are pursuing an inclusive collaborative space that would co-locate with local career center, and other institutional partners, and would incubate businesses exiting the city’s SPARK entrepreneurship program. Seed grant funds will enable space planning, business and marketing plan writing, and other predevelopment costs. The proposed Workforce and Innovation Center would advance Holyoke’s ongoing work under the Working Cities Challenge and Urban Agenda.

Makers’ Mill, North Adams - $5,000

Makers’ Mill is a maker space partnership between MASS MoCA, MCLA, Williams College and the nonprofit incubator Lever, Inc. The collaboration provides workspace, equipment and classes for members and the general public in printmaking, fiber arts and book arts. Grant funding will allow for predevelopment work for Makers’ Mill to move to a larger space and incorporate additional partners.

The Record Company, Boston - $25,000

The Record Company is a music incubator with a mission to build the music economy in Massachusetts by providing space to artists and music consumers. Seed funding will fund a feasibility study, around the creation of a small format, neighborhood-based, multi-purpose music workspace.

Framingham State University Entrepreneurial Innovation Center, Framingham - $25,000

The Entrepreneurial Innovation Center (EIC) is a partnership between Framingham State and Workbar, providing co-working space and resources to the MetroWest community. Funding will support predevelopment work.

Inc.ubate Coworking, Winthrop - $25,000

Inc.ubate Coworking will offer amenities for entrepreneurs and professions, including expertise, office equipment, a business mentor program, monthly art exhibitions and educational events for members and the general public and will accommodate up to 35 professionals in a common work area.

Launchspace, Orange - $25,000

The Launchspace plans to take up residence in the Orange Innovation Center, repurposing a currently underutilized industrial space, and advancing industrial entrepreneurship in the North Quabbin region. Grant funding will support predevelopment planning. The Baker-Polito previously supported the Orange Innovation Center with a $200,000 MassWorks award in 2016, to upgrade public infrastructure so the center could expand to meet growing demand.

The Revolution Factory, Maynard - $25,000

The Revolution Factory is dedicated to helping local entrepreneurs turn ideas into businesses and this grant will build out their maker space in a larger space at Mill & Main allowing them to host a pre-accelerator program, accelerator program, incubation, co-working, community events and a maker space for designing, prototyping and small scale manufacturing.