June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
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Designing, Developing and Implementing an Entrepreneurship Program Monique Fuchs and Frederick F. Driscoll Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, MassachusettsWentworth Institute of Technology introduced an innovation and entrepreneurial program calledAccelerate in May 2012 for students to turn their ideas into reality. The focus of the program wason the learning experience and for students from different programs to form collaborative teamsas they develop their ideas. All of Wentworth’s juniors and seniors are on campus during thesummer semester and we wanted to provide an entrepreneurial experience for them which wouldcertainly be different from their normal set of courses and allow them to apply their education totheir own startup. Since juniors and seniors represent about 35% of the total enrollment of theinstitute, we believed we had a student population from which some would be receptive to aninnovation and entrepreneurship challenge. Students who participated would became immersedwith innovation, business planning, risk taking, networking with mentors, alumni and theBoston/Cambridge venture community as well as strengthening their team building, criticalthinking and problem solving skills.The presentation will show how Accelerate was developed and its four phases – Kickstart,Develop, Build, and Takeoff and the support received by the local entrepreneurship community.We will also describe the student design ideas and the ten teams that pitched in the summer 2012semester to a panel of judges and the five teams that received funding to further develop theirideas and the positive publicity received in the Boston press. As this fall semester begins, asecond round of Accelerate’s innovation and entrepreneurship challenge has stated with 42 teamsand approximately 100 students submitting design ideas. We will show how innovation andentrepreneurship can change the mindset at a school that concentrates on engineering,engineering technology, computer science, management, architecture and design. In fourmonths, an entrepreneurship program was built for the students from the ground up and we willdescribe how it is now beginning to change the campus culture. In addition, we will describewhat has occurred, what is taking place during this academic year and the future plans forAccelerate.
Fuchs, M., & Driscoll, F. F. (2013, June), Designing, Developing and Implementing an Entrepreneurship Program Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19398
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