The Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) is Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) university-wide entrepreneurship and innovation program. McRae C. Banks, Ph.D. founded the program in 1999 with a mission to inspire and nurture people to discover, create, and commercialize new technological products and services, and to create new organizations based on those products and services, thereby advancing economic development and improving society.
Programs, education, and services are available to the WPI community and alumni(ae), with some programs designed as well for High School students and the wider business community. Our network spans across a technology focused audience, including entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, incubators, small business organizations and agencies, private foundations, and government organizations.
The CEI supports technology entrepreneurship and innovation in the classroom and in business by providing model programs, publications, resources, membership organizations, lecture and workshop series, networking events, competitions, and individual and team mentoring. The School of Business at WPI offers undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship and innovation and an Entrepreneurship Minor for WPI students that are not business majors.
Explore our site. Discover how we foster entrepreneurship and innovation at WPI. Connect to our network. Compete for awards and cash prizes in our many competitions. Apply for a scholarship. Attend networking events, collegiate entrepreneurship conferences, and much more. Upcoming events are listed on our Home Page.
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WPI's entrepreneurship program was ranked in the 2005 Top Ten by Entrepreneur.com Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges among schools that have Entrepreneurship Emphasis Programs. WPI's high ranking is attributable to the breadth and depth of its outreach programs for those interested in entrepreneurship and confirmation of that value by its benefactors. The Third Annual Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges ranking was performed by TechKnowledge Point Corp., the world's first and only 24/7 online entrepreneurship research and referral exchange.