IDEA, Northeastern’s student-run business accelerator, connects members of the university community with the resources they need to get their businesses up and running. Dan Gregory, the founding faculty advisor of IDEA who retired in early June, drew upon his experience building businesses to help form a network of services created by students for students, faculty, and alumni.
A card game that teaches you how to freestyle rap. A shoe insert that prevents blisters from forming on your feet. A web platform that provides virtual reality tours of rental properties using high-definition 360-degree photography. These are among the products that students and alumni will showcase Thursday at Northeastern’s entrepreneurship expo.
Entrepreneurship fever is sweeping Northeastern, and students all across campus are catching the bug. A host of student-run operations is springing up to support Northeastern startups, offering skills and expertise in fields from accounting to graphic design to software coding. To help these groups forge an alliance, faculty member Dan Gregory made a lead gift last fall, inspiring parents, alumni, and faculty to join in. To date, support for the new initiative—which students named Mosaic—comes to $425,000.