The Paul J. ’69 and Kathleen M. Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship (SCTE) helps foster new generations of budding and successful entrepreneurs through outreach programs, education, and support systems.



When we are allowed to get together in person again, we will share meeting info. Until then, join us in the Discord channel or Google group to keep up with what's going on.

In our Foundry-RPI program, student entrepreneurs, builders, designers, and developers obtain feedback from their peers and learn the practices of entrepreneurship and management. Test your business model while receiving input and support from your classmates and gain tactical and leadership skill-building. More than 20 companies have been developed from Foundry-RPI program graduates, including VARA USA, Tumalow, Rollio, Embedit Electronics, MICROrganic Technologies, and Vital Vio.

This program is open to students from other colleges and universities in the region as well. The group even draws the local business community and alumni population too.

Foundry-RPI helps you connect to the multitude of resources throughout the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the technology park and other research and support centers on campus.

The Foundry system was created by Rensselaer graduate Rob Wuebker, Ph.D. ’09, an alumnus of the Rensselaer Lally School of Management, and is operated at Rensselaer by the Paul J. ’69 and Kathleen M. Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship.


innovation fellowsUniversity Innovation Fellows

The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. The Fellows are a national community of students leading a movement to ensure that all students gain the necessary attitudes, skills, and knowledge required to compete in the economy of the future. These student leaders from schools around the country create new opportunities that help their peers develop an entrepreneurial mindset, build creative confidence, seize opportunities, define problems, and address global challenges.

At Rensselaer, UI Fellows have focused on building the campus maker space community and raising awareness of entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities. View a listing of current campus maker spaces. 

Interested? Contact the Severino Center at

Start UpStartup Tech Valley

This is a monthly meetup for entrepreneurs, investors, startup employees, startup service providers, and anyone else who wants to be involved.

Learn more about Startup Tech Valley or view photos from past meetups. 


icorpsNSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program

This hands-on, team-based program funded by the National Science Foundation, enables groups to get lean startup training while they hypothesize, test, and iterate on multiple aspects of their business model. Learn More



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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, Pittsburgh Building, Troy, NY 12180
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