Each organizational and individual relationship we build brings the reality of entrepreneurship a step closer to the dreamers and doers we serve. With whom is the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation promoting entrepreneurship? Take a close look...

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance


The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance fosters invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship in higher education as a way of creating innovative, commercially viable, and socially beneficial businesses and employment opportunities in the United States. The NCIIA works with colleges and universities to build collaborative experiential learning programs that help nurture a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs with strong technical and business skills and the tools and intention to make the world a better place. Learn more...

How is NCIIA working with WPI?

With NCIIA, Lemelson, and Kauffman funding, WPI is able to host an annual Invention to Venture one-day workshop program. Check out the NCIIA web site to find grants, resources, and events that will help you commercialize your ideas.

The Coleman Foundation

About Coleman

The Coleman Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit, private, independent foundation whose efforts advanced entrepreneurship awareness education, cancer research, care and treatment, housing and education for the handicapped, and diverse educational programs. The founders, Dorothy W. and J.D. Stetson Coleman, were committed entrepreneurs who cared enough to voluntarily return value to society. It was their consistent desire to make the community aware of opportunities, which could improve quality of life. They chose to set up this Foundation to assure the continuation of these efforts beyond the conclusion of their own lives. Since 1981, the foundation has granted more than $24 million to advance the concept of self-sufficiency through self-employment. Learn more...

How has Coleman funding supported WPI?

The Coleman Foundation supported the launch of WPI's CEO East - Collegiate Entrepreneurship Conference in 2002 with seed funding. Coleman also provides the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization with significant operating funding each year, making our connection with this fine program possible. In 2010, the Coleman Foundation awarded a grant for three faculty members to be named Coleman Fellows. Funding has continued through 2013, and an esteemed Coleman Fellow Barrista was designated in 2012.

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization

About CEO

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization is the premier global entrepreneurship network serving more than 500 colleges and universities. Their mission is to inform, support, and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. Learn more...

How is CEO working with WPI?

CEO supports our CEO East Collegiate Entrepreneurship Conference and as an alliance school, WPI receives membership benefits for its entrepreneurship club. Check out the CEO web site and learn to start an entrepreneurship club on your campus! You will receive all kinds of benefits and quarterly newsletters published by CEO.

The Lemelson Foundation

About the Lemelson Foundation

The Foundation is a private philanthropy established by one of the most prolific U.S. inventors, Jerome Lemelson, and his family. It uses its resources to inspire, encourage and recognize inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs, with a growing emphasis on those who harness invention for sustainable development where the needs are greatest. To date, The Lemelson Foundation has donated or committed more than $100 million in support of its mission. Learn more...

How has Lemelson Funding helped WPI?

The Lemelson Foundation provides funding to the NCIIA for the Invention to Venture Workshops. WPI hosts an annual one-day Invention to Venture workshop on the WPI campus as a direct result of their support.

Kauffman Foundation

About the Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation works with partners to encourage entrepreneurship across America and improve the education of children and youth. The Foundation focuses its operations and grantmaking on two areas: entrepreneurship and education. Learn more...

How has Kauffman funding helped WPI?

The Kauffman Foundation provides funding to the NCIIA for the Invention to Venture Workshops. WPI hosts an annual one-day Invention to Venture workshop on the WPI campus as a direct result of their support.

The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation

About John E. Hughes

John E. Hughes is the founder and President/CEO of the John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation, Inc., a private, charitable family foundation engaged in a range of philanthropic programs, primarily for entrepreneurship awareness and education. Current asset value is approximately $6 million, with over $1 million in grant funds distributed to date. Mr. Hughes was the founder and Senior Partner of the John E. Hughes & Co., C.P.A. Firm, and the former CEO and President of the Archibald Candy Corporation and Fannie May Candy Shops, Inc.

Mr. Hughes is also the Board Chair, Former President, and CEO of The Coleman Foundation, an independent, private, charitable foundation engaged in a range of philanthropic programs, largely in the Chicago and Midwest region. Current asset value is approximately $175 million. Approximately $85 million in grants have been approved since 1981. Core funding areas include; cancer care, treatment and research, handicapped housing/education and education programs, primarily in the area of entrepreneurship/self-employment.

How has Hughes funding helped WPI?

The Hughes Foundation supported the launch of WPI's Dinner with Entrepreneurs series in 2001 with seed funding for two consecutive years. The program is successfully self-funded today and still going strong.