Each semester Northeastern students apply for a startup competition. In this competition they start with a basic idea and by the end they have a fully fleshed out concept and market. Through the 9 week competition they meet for 5-6 bootcamps taught by industry professionals, covering topics from team building to market validation and prototyping to pitching. All of this culminates in a Demo Day, the ‘Husky Startup Challenge Demo Day’.
This year the event is kicking off Northeastern’s annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and will feature 20+ student concepts, 300+ attendees, 4 awards and 1 very special keynote address. Demo Day is positioned within GEW as the event highlighting early-stage concepts coming out of Northeastern and a celebration of the drive and innovation these students have to create something of their own, in only a few weeks.
Husky Startup Challenge Alums have gone on to enter IDEA, MassChallenge and various other accelerators around the country, in addition to raising venture capital funding. Though, for many of these students, HSC is a way to dabble in structured creation, where they can get their feet wet in entrepreneurship and use the experience to decide if starting a company is for them. HSC’s core mission is giving students the tools they need to find their own success and learn as much as they possibly can while at college. As for
Demo Day, it really is a celebration. The Northeastern community comes together to learn from these students and support them in their journey. See what you can expect at Demo Day below!
Demo Day Schedule:
6:00-7:00 Meet the startups in the Curry Indoor Quad as they table and answer any questions you have
7:00-7:15 Hear from the Directors of HSC and the Dean of the Business School, Hugh Courtney
7:15-8:00 Sit in the Ballroom as each venture does a speed pitch session
8:00-8:20 While our judges deliberate, we will be joined by Katie Rae, a champion of Boston and entrepreneurship, who will talk about starting companies as students and the importance of experiential learning.
Special Keynote: Katie Rae Katie was named of the the “25 Influential Women int he Boston Tech Community” by VentureFizz. She was the Managing Director of TechStars Boston and is a co-founder of an early stage investment group called Project 11. She is also a co-founder & chairperson of the Startup Institute.