Taking one or more of our entrepreneurship and innovation courses positions you for success in IDEA, our student venture accelerator, and securing startup financing from our Investor Network. Knowledge is the power the drives entrepreneurial success.
Types of Courses
We provide courses in four general disciplines:
- Venturing – the business side of starting a company, ranging from venture idea creation, to entrepreneurial marketing, to startup teams, to business modeling, and business plan development.
- Innovation – designing and developing new products and services — using either proven or disruptive technologies — for your own startup or for an existing corporation.
- Social Entrepreneurship – this is entrepreneurship to help the underprivileged, extended to developing countries around the world through a series of field trips focused on microfinance.
- Family Business – following Northeastern’s rich tradition of family business, these courses look at issues of growth, succession, and family business finance. Our classes are increasingly attending by the heirs-to-be of rather remarkable family business abroad.
Specific Programs, Degree’d and Otherwise
For undergraduate students
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation Concentration (within the D’Amore McKim School of Business) for undergraduate business students. Within the concentration, there are three tracks with specialized courses:
- Growth ventures (the creation of scalable businesses, both high-tech and low-tech)
- Social entrepreneurship (both here and abroad, with a focus on microfinance)
- Small business management (including family businesses)
- The Global Social Entrepreneurship Interdisciplinary Minor (GSE), run in partnership between the Entrepreneurship and Innovation, International Affairs, and Human Services departments at Northeastern University, where students study social entrepreneurship, microfinance, international development, and participate in field research programs with local partners around the world. (http://damore-mckim.northeastern.edu/ugrad/minor/interdisciplinary-minors/Global_Social_Entrepreneurship/)
- Innovation! ENTR2301: a single course that satisfies the second year elective University Core requirement for any student outside the business school.
- An Entrepreneurship Minor (five great courses, for undergraduate students in all Colleges)
For graduate students
- The High-Tech MBA: an accelerated, cohort program that is an MBA in innovation and entrepreneurship, for fast track working professionals working in technology-intensive sectors of our economy. (www.hightechmba.com) These students come from leading corporations in New England as well as early-stage firms. Classes meet on the weekends and class work is directly aligned with strategies for company growth and career promotion.
- Lab to Ventures: a specialized program for technical graduate students and post-docs where subsidies are available to take ENTR6212, New Venture Creation, and TECE 6250, Technology-Based Product Development Processes, receive special coaching from faculty, and get fast-tracked in to the IDEA venture acceleration process. Graduate students from laboratories across the University have used Lab to Ventures to launch exciting new companies that license technology from funded research programs at the University.
- Graduate Core Courses and Electives: Innovation and Enterprise Growth (ENTRG6200, ENTRG6208), New Venture Creation (ENTRG6212), and Small Business Management (ENTRG6210) are but a few of the courses that are offered multiple times throughout the academic year for our full-time and part-time MBA programs.
Stay tuned for a high-powered Alumni Startup Bootcamp, for alums, and taught by a team of alums and faculty, that will help you conceive, plan, and finance your own new venture – coming to you Fall 2013!