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Fuchs Named BBJ ‘Innovation All-Star’

November 30, 2016

Monique Fuchs, Wentworth’s associate vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship and co-founder of the Institute’s Accelerate, Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center, has been named one of 12 Innovation All-Stars for 2017 by the Boston Business Journal.

According to the journal, the all-stars are, “the most innovative and enterprising technology leaders in Massachusetts.”

Fuchs was chosen for her leadership at Wentworth in the innovation arena.

“This is great recognition for Monique and the Institute,” said Wentworth President Zorica Pantić.

Launched at the Institute in May 2012 by Fuchs and Frederick Driscoll, dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, Accelerate uses Wentworth’s considerable strength in applied sciences to advance ideas and spur social change.

The center gives students a base to flex their imaginations and discover innovation and entrepreneurship on their terms, regardless of whether they choose to work in a startup or large company. Focused around its flagship program, Startup Challenge, the center launched a social innovation lab through which students work on product and technology innovations that impact communities and improve people’s lives.

Since the center’s inception, more than 950 students from every academic discipline at Wentworth—working as interdisciplinary teams—have submitted some 695 ideas. More than 200 Wentworth alumni and professionals in the Boston area have interacted with the center and its students, and more than a dozen faculty members have served as Accelerate ambassadors and mentors. Additionally, 58 teams have been funded through Accelerate, receiving $227,050 combined.

Accelerate teams regularly represent their products and ideas at regional showcases and competitions; some have been named finalists in major innovation competitions, including MassChallenge and Livestrong Big C.

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