WPI students can participate in many competitions designed to strengthen their skills, introduce them to the wider innovation community, and gain essential funding.

​Kalenian Award

The annual Kalenian Award honors innovation and entrepreneurship at WPI.  Established in 2006 in memory of Aram Kalenian, the award provides seed funds to support and advance the ideas and inventiveness of WPI students, faculty and alumni(ae).

Strage Innovation Award

The Strage Innovation Award is given to a student or team based on the merits of their new venture, whether it’s commercial, social, or philanthropic proposals. Students apply for this award and their proposals are eventually evaluated by a judging panel.

Investing in Ideas with Impact: i3

The campus-wide competition Investing in Ideas with Impact (i3) offers graduate students an opportunity to make a three-minute pitch (without props) to a panel of expert judges. This annual event helps students hone their presentation skills while also gaining valuable insight into their product. the i3 competition is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Research Innovation Exchange (GRIE)

The Graduate Research Innovation Exchange (GRIE) competition is an annual campus-wide celebration of graduate research. Students present their research to the community with a poster presentation in early spring. Finalists are selected to present at the poster finals later in the spring where they compete for cash prizes. GRIE is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Robert H. Grant Invention Awards

The Robert H. Grant Invention Awards are course-based project competitions. In courses where the curricular elements could lead to inventive outcomes, faculty may elect to host an Invention Awards competition to encourage and foster students' entrepreneurial spirit. Students present proposals, and entrepreneur alumni often act as members of judging teams that help students with advice and relevant questions for their proposals. The prize is $1500 per course.

Robert H. Grant '42 and his wife Barbara believed in keeping the spirit of entrepreneurship alive at WPI through a special endowment that continues to fund these annual awards. Faculty members who wish to host the Robert H. Grant Invention Awards competition will work with the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation to determine judging criteria and to bring in judges with targeted industry experience. Judging decisions are final. Contact Gina Betti for more information.    

Elevator Pitch Competition

WPI hosts “Elevator Pitch Competitions” in which competitors learn how to succinctly sum up a business plan or idea to a potential partner, funder, or just interested party. A good elevator pitch can help you in a career fair or job interview or even at a social event where you can sum up your interests and projects in an enlightening and engaging manner.