WPI Tinkerbox provides seed funding for WPI student-initiated innovation and entrepreneurship ideas (MQPs, graduate research and similar projects may also qualify). Grant recipients will have access to mentors, workshops that will provide customized “just-in-time” skills and events.
The main driver for the Tinkerbox program is a deep desire to build an I&E Community by fostering partnerships with students who wish to work on their ideas/projects. In the spirit of building a ‘Tinkering Community’, participants engage in Group Mentoring/Goal Setting sessions which allow teams the opportunity to learn about other student projects, suggest improvements as well as brainstorm, all aimed at building a diverse and inclusive I&E Community.
Seed funding range: $0-$3,000
The WPI Tinkerbox program provides seed funding for WPI student-initiated innovation and entrepreneurship ideas. Grant recipients will have access to accomplished entrepreneurial mentors who will provide guidance on your projects; workshops aimed at developing and honing your entrepreneurial skills; and community networking events.
Seed funding range: $0* - $3000
*Students not seeking funding are welcome to apply to Tinkerbox, outlining their project/idea and desire for mentorship.
The Tinkerbox program is offered two times during the academic year. The first cohort runs September through December, while the second cohort runs February through May. Students are welcome to participate in multiple cohorts over several academic years.
To maintain membership in the current Tinkerbox cohort, students must agree to the following requirements. Should a student fail to meet these requirements, membership in the Tinkerbox cohort may be revoked and reimbursements may not be guaranteed.
Should your project be chosen, your team will be required to satisfy the following requirements:
Funding for Tinkerbox is possible because of the deep commitment of alumni and friends to WPI’s mission. As a result, only certain types of purchases will be eligible for reimbursement. Purchases that do not adhere to the guidelines outlined below will not be reimbursed.
Pictured is two out of three Cohort 5 team members Imogen and Jyalu (Wenlan is not present). Their original project (Cohort 4) was making blankets/quilts for the homeless. When COVID struck, they pivoted to making masks (Cohort 5) and delivering them to the homeless shelters. Kudos to Project Bear Necesseties for supporting our community in times of need!
The High Power Rocketry Club as they 'tinker' in the lab.
WPI Tinkerbox is powered by the generous support of WPI’s President’s Office and The Women’s Impact Network