Accelerate, Wentworth Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center houses interdisciplinary, extracurricular programs that aim to build innovative thinking and entrepreneurial confidence in students.
Accelerate is the catalyst in pushing a student’s passion. Whether students decide to start their own ventures, work in startups, or become intrapreneurs for established companies, the experiences gained through Accelerate will position them for successes in the future. Students learn to practice five competencies (empathy, inspiration, discovery, resilience, and presence) for an ever-changing work environment, and to stand out with exceptional dedication and drive.
Accelerate was conceived as a logical extension of Wentworth’s already existing strengths and disciplines to drive thought partnerships, interdisciplinary engagement, and out-of-the-box ideas among students, alumni, industry, and the Boston community. Launched in May 2012, Accelerate has seen more than 4,000 participants engage in its programs.
Focus on Product Creation + Social Impact
With a strong maker culture at play, Accelerate students’ ideas have ranged from re-engineering the pedicab experience and longboards to designing a harness vest for outpatient infusion treatment, an improved organizer for nail polish, an adaptable form for casting complex concrete forms, and a bike light that revolutionizes the interaction between cars and bicyclists. Students work across disciplines to focus on product creation and social impact.