Entrepreneurship

Northeastern visionaries

Northeastern entrepreneurs are critical thinkers, daring learners, and strategic problem-solvers who live and breathe their ventures. Whether you are planning a new idea, boosting your existing company, or seeking expertise from thought leaders and idea generators, you can rely on your Northeastern’s robust innovation ecosystem to help you achieve whats next.

Innovation Ecosystem

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ARE YOU AN ENTREPRENEUR WHO HAS QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO STAY RESILIENT DURING THESE UNIQUE TIMES?



Or, do you have a business idea but don’t know how to follow through? Whether you are an established entrepreneur or an entrepreneur in the making, Northeastern has a unique opportunity for you to receive short term, “Just in Time” mentoring now. Connect with a mentor for a complimentary consultation to discuss your needs.

If you are interested, please contact Laurie Bishop.

Northeastern’s innovation ecosystem

Northeastern’s Innovation Ecosystem is a rich, diverse community encompassing alumni, external investor networks, students clubs, mentor groups, and other university centers and institutions.

CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION

The Center for Entrepreneurship Education is a university-wide resource that integrates entrepreneurship and innovation courses, entrepreneurial co-ops in early stage companies, venture incubation through our on-campus venture accelerator, IDEA, and venture funding and launch by helping our entrepreneurs network into the local angel and VC community. We serve undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and alumni from every college in the university.

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CENTER FOR FAMILY BUSINESS

Adding the complexities of a family and their needs to the dynamics of a competitive business can be a formidable challenge. The Center for Family Business helps business families identify and avoid potential pitfalls, solve complex interpersonal and family business issues, and plan for future family business success in an ever changing and increasingly more competitive environment.

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CENTER FOR RESEARCH INNOVATION

Northeastern University’s Center for Research Innovation (CRI) is an impact driven initiative bridging the gap between laboratory research and need-based solutions. The CRI serves as the University-wide portal between industry and leading-edge innovations from Northeastern’s use-inspired research portfolio.

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COMMUNITY BUSINESS CLINIC

The Community Business Clinic of Northeastern’s School of Law offer students real-world experience in providing free, business-related legal services to startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses, especially those in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. The clinic’s work aims to support community-led growth.

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COMPASS

COMPASS (formally known as ARC) is Northeastern’s student- led finance resource center, which aims to help ventures in the ecosystem with taxes, accounting and other financials.

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D'AMORE-MCKIM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS: ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION GROUP

Northeastern was one of the first universities to create a formal entrepreneurship program, dating back to 1958. Today, the D’Amore-McKim Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group (E&I) is at the forefront of academic research, curricula, and experiential learning not only in entrepreneurship, but also in corporate innovation. Award-winning scholars and recognized industry leaders come together to form the backbone of E&I’s commitment to conduct impactful research, and to teach, guide, and mentor the next generations of innovators and entrepreneurs.

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ENTREPRENEUR AND INNOVATOR AWARDS

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Dream, Discover, Disrupt honors the successes of the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. This annual event is an evening of inspiration and discovery to celebrate the dreamers, problem-solvers and learners of Northeastern.

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ENTREPRENEURIAL CO-OP

The Sherman Center Co-op provides entrepreneurial engineers the opportunity to focus solely on their own ventures for a six month co-op period, and are financially supported via alumni philanthropy during this time. The program challenges students to push their ventures forward by defining and working towards monthly goals, and leveraging all aspects of the Sherman Center.

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ENTREPRENEURS CLUB

Entrepreneurs Club helps students discover their entrepreneurial drive by providing opportunities to build meaningful relationships and experiences outside of the classroom, from brining in local founders and CEOs to launching student ventures each semester.

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EVOLVE

Evolve is a student-led fund and accelerator that empowers early-stage healthcare and life sciences ventures in Northeastern’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to take the next step in their development. At the same time, they provide students with experiential learning opportunities and connect them with entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investors.

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EXPERIENTIAL NETWORK (XN)

The Experiential Network (XN) is a new initiative built to ensure experiential learning opportunities for graduate and professional studies students. Partnering with sponsoring businesses and organizations, XN facilitates opportunities for students to work on short-term, real-world projects to complement their academic work. Projects are carried out virtually over a six-week period, and students and sponsors work closely in an authentic professional environment during which students produce deliverables for their sponsors that will go on to inform critical business decisions.

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GENERATE

Generate is NEU’s student-led product development studio. Our goal is to bring tech-minded people of any discipline into the product world. We build real products for real clients, ranging from smart bike locks to indoor greenhouses to networking apps.

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HEALTH SCIENCES ENTREPRENEURS

The Health Sciences Entrepreneurs program is housed in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, and was created to introduce entrepreneurial business opportunities in the health sciences to students, alumni, and faculty. The program, founded in 2005, by alumnus Joseph Fleming, PAH ’70, MS ’71, focuses on educating alumni and faculty entrepreneurs by providing them with the knowledge and tools to build successful companies. The program hosts annual events and a mentoring program for alumni, graduate students and faculty from Northeastern who are starting businesses in the health sciences.

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HUNTINGTON ANGELS NETWORK

The Huntington Angels Network aims to simplify the financial ecosystem for Northeastern entrepreneurs by connecting startups with a global network of angel investors and venture capital firms. If you have a start up and are looking for funding, connect with us to become a part of the network.

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IDEA

IDEA is Northeastern’s student-led venture accelerator that supports entrepreneurs in the Northeastern community to reach their full potential. True to our Northeastern roots, IDEA provides a valuable experiential educational opportunity to everyone involved from the ventures and coaches to the management team and full-time staff. We accelerate the development of ventures using our business planning stage-gate process. IDEA provides the relevant educational and business resources to ventures as they advance through the stages.

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INNOVATION CAMPUS AT BURLINGTON, MA

Northeastern’s Innovation Campus at Burlington, Massachusetts (ICBM) accelerates technology and innovation through a powerful model of research driven by partnerships. Here, faculty and students work closely with experts from industry, government, and academia, translating discoveries into revolutionary new technologies, materials, and systems.

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IP CO-LAB

A student-led clinic in the School of Law, the IP CO-LAB provides free intellectual property legal services to entrepreneurs and innovators at Northeastern. The IP CO-LAB is building the next generation of innovative lawyers.

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KOSTAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The mission of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security is to advance resilience in the face of 21st century risks. The institute fosters collaborative, use-inspired research aimed at expanding the capacity of communities, critical systems, and infrastructure to withstand, respond to, and recover from manmade and natural catastrophes.

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MCCARTHY(S) VENTURE MENTORING NETWORK

The McCarthy(s) Venture Mentoring Network is a university wide resource available to all Northeastern student, faculty, and alumni ventures. The goal of the VMN is to pair Northeastern entrepreneurs with high-quality, experienced mentors that can help address business challenges and make our ventures more successful.

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MOSAIC

Mosaic is an alliance of student-led organizations that support venture incubation at Northeastern University. There are currently nine Mosaic organizations with many more being designed and developed within colleges across campus. These student-led organizations work side-by-side with student, alumni, and faculty ventures, designing solutions to the real challenges that entrepreneurs face when starting companies. Mosaic organizations are encouraged to collaborate to bring new forms of services and value to entrepreneurs and ventures across campus.

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NUIMPACT

NUImpact is Northeastern’s student-led impact investing initiative and fund. We serve as a resource for students to understand purposeful capital and invest in social enterprises locally.

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ORIGIN

Origin strives to represent science entrepreneurship and foster the commercialization of deep-tech research on campus that can have a lasting impact on today’s tech industry.

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SCOUT

Scout is Northeastern’s student-led design studio who aims to foster the design community on campus through real client work with early-stage ventures, community events and workshops, and social impact innovation. We bring passion, craft and community to all of the work we do.

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SERVICE LEARNING

The Community-Engaged Teaching and Research team supports university-community partnerships through the utilization of Service-Learning (S-L). Service-Learning is a form of experiential learning for students and a teaching tool for faculty that combines academics and service to meet educational and community goals. Students and faculty work with community organizations, nonprofit groups, and government agencies to reinforce and build upon concepts learned in the classroom.

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SHERMAN CENTER FOR ENGINEERING ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION

Our mission is to enable interdisciplinary student entrepreneurship in the broadest sense by providing education about tools, concepts, and resources to foster creativity and the ability to develop commercially viable ideas. Since its opening in May 2014, the program’s cur­riculum is designed to arm engi­neering students with the appro­priate entre­pre­neurial skills to suc­cess­fully pitch and com­mer­cialize their inno­va­tions. Work­shops and courses are led by Northeastern fac­ulty and inno­va­tors from industry.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE

The Social Enterprise Institute is grounded in the belief that business can be a powerful tool in helping to alleviate poverty in the developing world by utilizing enterprise based solutions. We believe we are building the next generation of global business leaders.

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THE ROUX INSTITUTE

The Roux Institute is reinventing the way universities support entrepreneurs. They’re launching startups, driving talent development, and supercharging industry in Maine. When you join them, you will have unparalleled access to their global research community and expansive entrepreneurship ecosystem backed by their network of founders, investors, mentors, and partners.

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VITAL

Inspiring students to explore and innovate beyond the traditional realm of healthcare to better serve patients/clients and their families.

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WISE

The Women’s Interdisciplinary Society of Entrepreneurship is a new student organization at Northeastern that is dedicated to teaching an entrepreneurial mindset and supporting women interested in exploring entrepreneurship through interdisciplinary workshops, mentorship parings and startup classes.

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WOMEN'S ENTREPRENEURSHIP INITIATIVE

In partnership with Women Who Empower, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) functions as a structured and rigorous platform to mobilize Northeastern’s network of women entrepreneurs, providing long-term leadership and access to resources. The WEI is guided by a group of global thought leaders, key executives, and influential entrepreneurs. The makeup of the council reflects Northeastern’s global community, consisting of leaders from multiple backgrounds and industries.

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