WPI to Open Innovation Hub in Boston’s Seaport District
NEC member Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently announced that it will launch an Innovation and Collaboration Space in Boston’s Seaport District in the fall of 2017 to improve access to industry partners and other agencies for students and faculty.
WPI has signed a seven-year lease for a 6,400 square-foot space that is within walking distance of major innovation sector leaders such as GE, Vertex, Amazon, and Red Hat. The new space will create and strengthen strategic partnerships, professional development, and research opportunities in addition to advancing the university’s position in the state’s innovation economy. The new space will be home to WPI’s Boston Project Center where students have analyzed and tried to solve real-world problems in the community over the past few years. The space is expected to open in October 2017.
“The Seaport District is playing a critical role in what has been dubbed ‘Mass Miracle 2.0.,’ and WPI will use this new space for industry-centric meetings, classes, projects, and events that are tailored to the interests and needs of our neighbors who are working in areas such as healthcare technology, robotics, cybersecurity, and big data,” said Stephen Flavin, Vice President and Dean of Academic and Corporate Engagement. “It will be a top priority to better serve these businesses and organizations by providing them with more convenient access to our high-caliber programs, and to connect them to our students and alumni.”
The New England Council congratulates WPI on their new location and their commitment to providing their students with hands on experience in the Massachusetts innovation economy. Read more in Worcester Business Journal and on WPI’s website.