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Innovative spirit on display during Global Entrepreneurship Week

April 8, 2012 - Students, faculty and staff checked out over 20 student ventures at the Spring 2013 Demo Day: A Celebration of Northeastern University Student Innovation, which was organized by the Entrepreneurs Club, the IDEA Venture Accelerator, the Northeastern Center for Entrepreneurship Education and the D'Amore-McKim School of Business.

Beginning Monday, Global Entrepreneurship Week, an annual celebration of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, will bring a range of events to the Northeastern campus. Throughout the week, you’ll have opportunities to learn more about student-led startups, seek help discovering your own business idea, or meet the movers and shakers in the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

These campus events coincide with the celebration Global Entrepreneurship Week worldwide. The celebration was created in 2008 and has since expanded to more than 160 countries, according to its sponsor, the Kaufman Foundation.

More than 1,000 people attended Global Entrepreneurship Week events at Northeastern last year. Here’s an overview at this year’s scheduled events on campus and online. The week’s programming is hosted by the Northeastern University Center for Entrepreneurship Education. All events are free, and registration is encouraged but not required.

MONDAY
Career by Design Webinar: Discovering Your BIG Startup Idea
Noon, online event (register)
Ja-Nae Duane, AS’00, co-author of the bestseller The Startup Equation, will help you come up with an idea that you are passionate about and then show you how to validate that idea into one that can be turned into a viable business.

Husky Startup Challenge: Demo Day
6 p.m., Curry Student Center Ballroom (register)
This is one of the signature annual events of Global Entrepreneurship Week at Northeastern. Demo Day is the culmination of the Husky Startup Challenge, a semesterlong program led by the Entrepreneurs Club and designed to help students grow their ideas into businesses. At Demo Day, the student entrepreneurs pitch their companies to an audience of business owners, investors, and fellow students.

TUESDAY
NU@Noon: The Entrepreneurs Life (register)
Noon, Northeastern’s Burlington campus
In the latest installment of a series presented by the Office of Alumni Relations, Johnny Fayad, DMSB’17, will discuss his company New Grounds Food, of which he is CEO and co-founder.

I-Corps 101 Panel and Discussion
3 p.m., 226 Richards Hall (register)
Attendees will hear from a panel of Northeastern teams that have participated in I-Corps, a National Science Foundation-funded boot camp program designed to help equip researchers with the business skills needed to extend their focus beyond the lab.

Women Who Empower
5:30 p.m., Alumni Center (register)
Vanessa Kerry, H’15, co-founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, will discuss her entrepreneurial journey and share insight on the future of global healthcare and what entrepreneurs, innovators, caregivers, policy makers, and individuals can do to increase access domestically and abroad.

WEDNESDAY
Entrepreneurs and Innovators Online Meet-Up
Noon, online event (register)
In this special edition of the Venture Mentoring Network office hours, seasoned and budding entrepreneurs, investors, and representatives from the Office of Alumni Relations and IDEA, Northeastern’s student-run venture accelerator, can network in one-on-one web sessions.

Startup Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make
6 p.m., Raytheon Amphitheater (register)
A panel of legal and business advisors will discuss best practices and common pitfalls for technology and life sciences startup and early-stage ventures.

THURSDAY
NEXPO
6:30 p.m., Cabot Center (register)
Another signature campus event during Global Entrepreneurship Week, NEXPO is Northeastern’s premier entrepreneurship exposition. The event will feature some 30 IDEA startups as well as the range of entrepreneurship programs and resources across campus. Attendees can speak with representatives from participating ventures about their businesses as well as network with other students, mentors, startup enthusiasts, and investors.

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