Accelerate, Wentworth Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center
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. ACCELERATE aims to build innovative thinking and entrepreneurial confidence in our students.
Since our inception in 2012, more than 6,500 participants have engaged in our programs. ACCELERATE has proven to be a catalyst for encouraging students’ passion and allowing them to develop competencies that will make them successful in their careers, regardless whether they start their own venture, work in a startup, or shape industries in an established company. The experiences and education gained through ACCELERATE will position them for the future.
The Startup Challenge
The Startup Challenge provides a platform for students to form interdisciplinary teams and develop an idea they are passionate about. Student teams have the opportunity to pitch for gap funding and access mentoring to advance their ideas.
The Social Innovation Lab
The Social Innovation Lab is a 12-week interdisciplinary and immersive experience encouraging students to create innovations that matter, solve real-world issues, and work in a high-intensity environment.
Innovation Methodologies are proactive tools and techniques to inject innovative thinking and entrepreneurial confidence through pop-up workshops in classrooms and around campus.
ThinkTank + CityLab
In collaboration with external partners such as the City of Boston, ThinkTanks and CityLabs are one-day innovation sprints that bring together industry leaders, students, faculty, and community partners across disciplines to tackle future trends, opportunity spaces, and develop real-world solutions.