WPI believes innovation and entrepreneurship encompasses more than startups and new products. I&E is about thinking big and thinking broad. It's about ideas, new approaches, and better ways of doing things to revolutionize our systems.
Luckily, WPI's network of those who share the excitement of potential and the pull of possibility is vast. Creating programs that allow anyone to find a niche where they are free to be their most creative self is key to building the kind of ecosystem of innovation that crosses every segment of campus.
The National Science Foundation's I-Corps initiative aims to increase the economic impacts of the science and engineering programs it funds. WPI is designated as an I-Corp Site Program and run through the Office of Technology Commercialization.
Bringing together entrepreneurial mindset learning, a systems approach, and leadership, WPI's Goat Tank offers experiential learning, professional development, and mentorship. Student teams (half of which must be women) have opportunities to develop and pitch a program that benefits humanity.
WPI’s Global Entrepreneur in Residence (GEIR) Program is part of a national effort to allow STEM- and related business-based entrepreneurs and international students to continue their valuable research work after graduation.
Held right before C-Term begins, WinterSession offers interactive classes and workshops open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. With a goal of remembering what it's like to learn for the pure fun of it, participants tackle new skills and build new relationships.
StartUp Tree, WPI's dedicated online platform, connects the I&E community. With StartUp Tree, you'll find out about upcoming events and find information about competitions and applications. This platform also helps innovators connect with cofounders and form teams; find mentors, investors, and internships or jobs at startups; and collaborate with entrepreneurial students and alumni across the globe.
WPI's Seaport location helps the university play an important role in the state's innovation economy. Located in the heart of Boston's Innovation District, WPI collaborates with innovators and technology companies in such areas as digital health, robotics, cyber security, the data sciences, and financial technology.
WPI students know the opportunities available to them, and they take advantage of being on a campus full of motivated and driven students and faculty.