Facebook started in a Harvard dorm room. iRobot got its start in MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. Sand 9 was founded as a Boston University Photonics Center spinout. In Boston, business and higher education have long been intertwined.

And now more than ever before, a new wave of innovation is coming directly from Boston-area institutions, fueled by programs like Northeastern’s IDEA, Harvard’s i3, Tufts’ Business Plan Competition, Startup Babson, and Emerson’s E3 which fund and foster the next generation of business leaders.