The ideas and projects that incubate on the WPI campus can lead to breakthrough discoveries. Working closely with Worcester's thriving entrepreneurial community, WPI students have opportunities to launch their ideas and products so they have local, national, and global impact.

With the affordable cost of living and academic talent from its 13 area colleges and universities, it’s clear that the Worcester region is poised for growth, making it an ideal place for students seeking hands-on experience, graduates looking to launch their careers, and entrepreneurs ready to start their ventures.

Campus resources assist students and faculty with wide-ranging logistics and help them make connections in the greater Worcester community. We’ve got resources to help you understand the process of taking steps to patent and protect your idea while you’re still on campus, but can give you the tools needed to branch out into the networks that will help you grow after graduation. Join the workshops, trainings, lectures, and networking opportunities in greater Worcester and get a feel for your success as you move beyond WPI.

In the News: How WPI Is Boosting Worcester's Startup Scene

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette recently spoke with Todd Keiller, director of WPI's Office of Intellectual Property and Innovation, about the university's successful efforts to help launch great ideas into real products and services. In a short time span and with an eye toward encouraging startup growth and success, Keiller elevated WPI's output from zero licenses to today's 44 licenses to 13 different companies. The result is good for WPI and the local startup ecosystem. Read the article.

City of Worcester

The city of Worcester was recently named as one of the nation’s top 10 up-and-coming tech startup hubs. With its academic and technological resources helping to fuel job growth and innovation, Worcester has much to offer.

Partner with Us

If you or your organization would like to discuss potential research collaboration with WPI, connect with the Vice Provost for Research.

Be a Donor

Quite simply, the generosity of donors allows WPI to provide the exceptional education to our students and the freedom to follow their own paths. Without the additional funding support of our donors, we could not have such robust programs and supports in place for the WPI community. Learn how to donate to WPI.

Offer Your Expertise

Consider offering your expertise and know-how as a mentor to students who are interested in an entrepreneurial path. Get in touch with WPI's Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to share your knowledge.

Innovator of the Year Award

The biannual WPI Innovator of the Year Award recognizes a graduate or friend of WPI who has demonstrated exemplary accomplishments as an innovator, showcasing individuals who have excelled in driving innovation within enterprises of all kinds.

Worcester’s Innovation Ecosystem

Worcester’s multilayered and multidisciplinary innovation network continues to grow and flourish in the heart of New England. Encouraged by the entrepreneurial spirit in the air, in the classrooms, in the boardrooms, and on the street, the Worcester community is alive with progressive ideas.

Whether it is a biotech startup gaining a foothold in the market, an entrepreneur building networks in a coworking space, or academic and industry professionals meeting to discuss the city's reputation as a robotics epicenter, Worcester's interconnected networks bring unexpected connections and the potential for breakthroughs. 

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Central Regional Office

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Central Regional Office works in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development to provide business and counseling advice to small business and those planning to start a small business. Located on the Clark University campus in Worcester, the SBDC supports the local business community.

Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC)

Working for a healthy economy, the WBDC works on everything from promoting entrepreneurial businesses and ideas to job growth and expanding the tax base.

Worcester Business Resource Alliance

The WBRA is a network that offers resources to small businesses and entrepreneurs. This network of nonprofits and government organizations aims to help build sustainable business growth by sharing information and resources about opportunities, training, and growing a business in the Worcester community.

Worcester Idea Lab

Entrepreneurs and businesses need space to meet and work. With a central New England location, Worcester becomes a good place to do that. The Worcester Idea Lab brings together those in many industries—from education to corporate to nonprofit—to meet up and grow their industries.

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce (WRCC)

WRCC helps businesses in the community connect, collaborate, and thrive. WPI’s long history with local innovation leads to global partnerships.

The Venture Forum

As a founding partner of The Venture Forum, WPI has worked with this local nonprofit to help technology businesses connect and find the resources needed to propel their businesses forward. For business owners, funders, venture capitalists, or those just starting out with a great idea, this is a place to network and get feedback from experienced entrepreneurs. Read more about how WPI students benefit from the Venture Forum's expertise.


Collaborating with Community Partners to Strengthen the Regional Economy

WPI works with community partners throughout the Worcester community to build a thriving economy, encourage innovation, and support a successful start up culture. Read more about how WPI's efforts and expertise nurture partnerships that have a positive impact on the region.  

Scientists like me would never be able to make enough product in the lab to help all the people out there who need it. Companies are needed to produce enough for the millions of patients who can benefit from the treatments and therapies we’re designing.
Glenn Gaudette
Professor of Biomedical Engineering