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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.

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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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