Throughout Global Entrepreneurship Week, Northeastern is hosting a series of events showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit flourishing all across campus, as students engage in innovative academic programs and participate in initiatives that help them move their bold ideas forward.
Northeastern has incorporated entrepreneurship into its educational program for more than a half century, fostering a learning environment that nurtures the next generation of young entrepreneurs who are creating new businesses and helping to develop solutions to global problems.
Entrepreneurship is integrated into the University’s experiential learning opportunities, into course work that gives students the tools to turn their ideas into products, and into student activities, such as clubs devoted to entrepreneurship.
This week, a slate of events on campus is highlighting innovative student ventures, social entrepreneurship, the University’s burgeoning Creative Industries program, and opportunities that exist in health sciences and the music industry.
On Sunday, the Northeastern Entrepreneurship Club will also hold the latest “boot camp” as part of its Husky I+ Challenge—a startup competition designed to model entrepreneurship, grow entrepreneurs and facilitate the creation of early-stage companies over the course of a semester.
Northeastern continues to find new ways to advance innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, including national imperatives in health, security and sustainability. The latest example came last month, when President Joseph E. Aoun announced the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Building on the University’s strong foundation in these areas, the initiative will facilitate discovery through faculty and student research, augment undergraduate and graduate course work, and create new student activities and honors.
Northeastern’s existing entrepreneurship opportunities include the I-Cubator program, through the School of Technological Entrepreneurship (STE), that combines experiential learning and technology commercialization. I-Cubators are a component of STE’s master’s program—for a full year, graduate students work in groups on their ventures to further develop a technology, create product prototypes, evaluate markets and customer needs and create fundable business plans.
In addition, the Inter-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Accelerator (IDEA) is a student-founded and student-run program at Northeastern that helps students create, develop and accelerate their own business objectives. IDEA provides tailored services for entrepreneurial students that are designed to advance the development of their business ideas.