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Henry and Alberta Strage established the Strage Innovation Award to encourage WPI students who were interested in innovation and turning new ideas into viable new projects or ventures. Students’ ideas are evaluated by a panel of judges for a prize of up to $5,000.

In response to growing coronavirus concerns, WPI has implemented broad measures to protect our community. The 2020 competition is cancelled. Judges conferred on March 16, 2020 and agreed that each applicant that met the March 2 deadline would receive a $200 award for their efforts. Those applicants include WPI students Daniel Shrives, Thomas Vose, Brent Rolfes, and Mass Academy students Rumaisa Abdulhai, Shrinidhi Jeyaram, Maria Dariotis, Alec Miller, Amrita Thirumalai, and Himasri Shapally. The 2020 applicants are invited to resubmit their ideas in 2021.


Submit an Intent to Compete form no later than Monday, March 2, 2020, 5:00PM. Applicants will be notified shortly afterwards if selected to create a preliminary 5-minute You-Tube video for screening by judges. Students will be notified if selected to make a full presentation to the judge panel. Select presentations, prototypes and materials will be judged on Monday, April 6, 2020, 2:00 - 5:00 PM in a venue (TBD). Presentations and materials are not open for public review. See links below for application instructions and FAQs.


WPI full-time undergraduate students (as defined by the WPI Registrar at the time of submission) may submit their original commercial, philanthropic, or social venture ideas.

Applicants are welcomed to work in advance with faculty members, the I&E team, outside consultants, lawyers, accountants, or other relevant parties, but the team must be composed of full-time WPI undergraduate students only. If you have questions about this, contact Gina Betti at

If you are interested in applying for the Strage Innovation Award, these guidelines will help you take the appropriate steps though the application process.

The Strage Awards are judged based on specific criteria. Read more about how the applications are judged.

Preparing you application correctly is important. Read more about how to ensure you are following the proper steps.

If you have more questions about applying for the Strage Innovation Award, this information might help.

Read About Past Strage Award Winners

The Strage Innovation Award winners are a diverse group. Read about award winners from 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.