WPI's academic and research focus is on engineering, science, and technology, particularly on developing solutions that make the world a better place. Our students and faculty members are naturally inclined toward applied work that addresses important societal needs and challenges. 

Through a wide range of initiatives, WPI seeks to infuse that innovative spirit with an entrepreneurial mindset. There are courses and a minor in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship that give students the foundation they need to understand basic business principles and how to turn their ideas into viable ventures. There is extensive array of programs, competitions, and resources for aspiring entrepreneurs. And there are team-led and self-directed projects. It all adds up to a campus-wide entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Taking project-based learning forward

To elevate impact in communities around the world, WPI knows we must continue to innovate within our own award-winning undergraduate educational approach.  Recent grants from The Kern Family Foundation will help with this vision a reality as we infuse the entrepreneurial mindset across campus.

Investing in Ideas with Impact (i3)

This annual campuswide competition encourages graduate students to think like entrepreneurs and to hone the presentation skills needed to convince others to invest in their ideas.

Foisie Innovation Studio

To realize our academic ambitions, WPI must create physical spaces that encourage and amplify the aspirations of our university community. Located in the heart of the WPI campus, the new Foisie Innovation Studio will do just that. When completed, this building and the programs within it will showcase WPI’s distinctive academic programs and give students and faculty members the tools they need to pursue their ideas to the fullest.

I look forward to working with entrepreneurs and sharing my experiences to accelerate new ventures.
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Yael Schwartz
WPI entrepreneur-in-residence
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 Biomedical Engineering
In addition to being great problem solvers, today our graduates need to be great opportunity-seekers… we want them to be able to see what others do not see in terms of how their science and engineering can be applied to help consumers.
Frank Hoy
Paul R. Beswick
Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship