The result of this effort might be original research to present at conferences, prototypes fabricated and constructed in our studios, or new business concepts that can apply for funding from the Institute. At Wentworth, we believe that while not everyone has a career goal of being an entrepreneur, all students can and should learn to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset so they can think creatively and act boldly in the work they choose to do. It’s about fostering new ideas, not just new businesses.
Accelerate, Wentworth Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center 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. Being in Boston means that students are learning and working in the midst of one of the country’s leading hubs of innovation, home to a thriving and fast-paced start-up ecosystem that includes research centers, venture capitalists, and business and technology experts.
Accelerate offers three main programs to all Wentworth students:
Social Innovation Lab – A 12-week program for six co-op students from six different disciplines, providing an immersive experience partnering with numerous external organizations to address large-scale social challenges impacting individuals and communities.
External Collaborations – Bootcamps for civic and service innovation bringing together students across Boston, design thinkers, experts, and community partners from diverse disciplines to ideate around a challenge facing the city.
Innovate! – Innovation immersions implemented in classrooms and at other engagement points across campus and in the curriculum to expose students to the mindset and competencies relevant for innovation + entrepreneurship.