The university is in its fourth year of hosting Idea, a student-led venture accelerator that provides resources to students and alumni looking to found startups. In 2009 the school was seeking new ways to boost entrepreneurial activity on campus when six seniors proposed the concept for Idea. The group received funding from the university and by January 2012 counted about 40 ventures in the program, says Hugh Courtney, dean of Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business. That figure has since more than tripled, to about 150 ventures, a feat the school and Idea’s student leader Chris Wolfel attribute largely to the program’s peer-to-peer coaching model.