Wheaton partners with MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator, to create project- and internship-based learning opportunities for current students while providing talent to promising new businesses.
WIN at Mass Challenge, which stands for Wheaton Innovates at MassChallenge, is the name of the program. It builds upon the college’s focus on putting learning into action through internships and its growing emphasis on “maker culture”, the creative industries and entrepreneurial activity, which are encouraged through the WHALE (Wheaton Autonomous Learning Environment) Lab and IMAGINE, short for InterMedia Arts Group Innovation Network.
MassChallenge’s mission is to fuel start-ups. It selects 128 early-stage entrepreneurs each year—from a pool that, this past year, consisted of more than 2,300 applicants from more than 60 countries—to develop their businesses through a four-month residency at the nonprofit’s location at the Boston Design Center in the city’s Seaport District. In addition to office space, the organization offers businesses access to myriad resources, mentors and potential investors. Its partnership with Wheaton offers a new source of talent for these innovators.
Wheaton students contribute their energy and expertise to MassChallenge startups as they provide project-based and internship-based support in a variety of areas, including social media management, marketing, design, film production, and application and web development. Hannah Goldberg Professor of Teaching Innovation Josh Stenger serves as the college’s liaison to MassChallenge, identifying opportunities for collaboration and mutual benefit.