A business incubator focused on supporting untapped entrepreneurs with tactical, strategic, and supportive guidance to take their business to the next level. We bring the pieces together, connect the dots and meet you where you need the most support to do one thing: get you where you need to go in your business.

From incorporation, business setup, marketing, finance, and everything else that you need to get a business off the ground. Get all the tools and systems set up to fully launch your business –  no more dragging your feet, get your business up and running!

Immersive & Fast-Paced

The MEWS+ StartUpMX incubator is a collaboration between the MEWS+, The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, and a host of local resources and business leaders. 

A fast-paced program for entrepreneurs to refine their ideas, understand fundamental business concepts, and work through the initial stages of their business.

The program is offered over a ten-week schedule and includes a workshop series on topics including business strategy, finance, legal, marketing, technology and productivity, and wellness and personal development.

The program also includes mentoring from The MEWS+ network for goal setting and accountability, technical assistance, and the opportunity to pitch in front of potential investors and community members.


Open to for-profits, nonprofits, and hybrid models, the MEWS+ StartUpMX program is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse community of entrepreneurs.

Participants should be in the early stages of their venture –  from idea-phase to through the first year. Prior entrepreneurial experience is not necessary. 

Participating entrepreneurs receive:

  • Bi-weekly accountability check-in calls

  • Technical assistance from workshop leaders

  • A fully supportive network of fellow entrepreneurs, local business leaders, and resources

  • Opportunity to present in front of community stakeholders at the StartUp Night in November

  • A reserved space in the workshops with the following topics –

Business & Strategy

Strategic planning with a focus on methods and tools to support taking your business to the next level.


Focused on the financial aspects of small businesses, financial planning, creating projections, understanding fundraising, profitability, strategy, financial measures, and more.


Legal basics for entrepreneurs and small businesses, business formation/structure, and intellectual property.


Launch and focus marketing efforts: strategy, branding, social media, marketing ROI, digital marketing.

Technology & Productivity

Understanding technology options and what's right for you to increase your time management and productivity.

Wellness & Personal Development

Work/life skills to build confidence, including communication, problem-solving, leadership, adaptability, and more.

Fall 2022 StartUpMX Schedule

The Fall 2022 StartUpMX program will be a hybrid format – with workshop sessions held virtually via Zoom, and periodic in-person meetings for networking and collaboration discovery. Participants must have access to reliable internet and a device with a webcam and microphone – a table, laptop, or desktop computer.

Workshops are held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Please note that these dates are subject to change,
and will be confirmed prior to the beginning of the initial meeting.

Session One

October 11, 2022

Business Planning, Risk Assessment, Financial Projections

Session Two

October 13, 2022

Business Legal 101

Session Three

October 18, 2022

Market Research
& Marketing Strategy/Planning

Session Four

October 25, 2022

Social Enterprise & Pitching 101

Session Five

November 1, 2022

Funding and Financing

Session Six

November 8, 2022

Small Business Accounting
Business Plan Check-In 

Session Seven

November 15, 2022

State Supports for Entrepreneurs
& Entrepreneur Hot Seat

Session Eight

November 22, 2022

Business Plan Wrap Up
& Pitch Practice

Session Nine

November 29, 2022

Final Pitch Practice

StartUp Night

November 30, 2022

Pitch Event

Attend an Info Session

Join us for a brief information session so we can learn more about your idea, you can learn more about the program, and we can answer any questions you may have. 

To Apply

A few important notes before completing this application:

  • While you may save and continue the submission at a later time, we recommend you use a separate document to draft your responses and then copy/paste them into the online application form.

  • Please keep your responses thorough, yet concise, and around 500 words.

  • Please review the program dates and time commitments. All accepted participants must be present for all workshop sessions, and fully participate in mentoring, and take advantage of the resources provided during the program.

  • If you can not make all of the sessions and would like to apply, please email us at with the details before applying.

  • All applications need to be submitted by October 6th for the Fall 2022 cohort.  The program begins October 11, 2022.
To participate in The MEWS+ StartUpMX incubator program, you must be a resident of Middlesex County, Connecticut, or a student at a college or university located within Middlesex County.
Still an idea - not yet a business; DBA, LLC, etc.
For profit, non-profit
How did you hear about The MEWS+ Incubator Program?(Required)
Participation Confirmation(Required)

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