Northeastern’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

A rich, diverse community both within and external to the university,  encompassing student clubs, our IDEA venture accelerator,  mentor groups,  other university centers and institutes, as well as external investor networks.

IDEA: Northeastern University's Venture Accelerator

IDEA is a student-run venture accelerator
that provides a variety of resources to Northeastern affiliated entrepreneurs who are looking to launch their own businesses. Throughout the stage-gate process we provide ventures with coaching, mentoring, in-kind services, business planning framework, and the opportunity to apply for our Gap Fund.

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Entrepreneurs Club

At the Entrepreneurs Club, we bring together students from diverse majors to build meaningful relationships and companies. The club provides tremendous opportunities to learn outside of the classroom through real-world application.

The Club’s mantra is to “Live Your Passion!,” which means that we foster a culture where members are encouraged to seek out what they enjoy the most, and explore ways to turn their passions into ventures. Whether a member wants to start a non-profit, be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a veterinarian, everyone is welcome and can explore the diverse paths towards becoming an entrepreneur.

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Scout is Northeastern University’s student-led design studio.

We are makers. Creative problem solvers who use design thinking to build groundbreaking experiences for our clients, our team, and the Northeastern community.

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Social Enterprise Institute

Business for Global Good.
The Social Enter­prise Insti­tute (SEI) is grounded in the belief that busi­ness can be a pow­er­ful devel­op­ment tool by uti­liz­ing enterprise-based solu­tions to solve some of the world’s most press­ing social prob­lems. The SEI is a resource cen­ter housed in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness that empow­ers stu­dents to be socially moti­vated, global busi­ness leaders.

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Health Sciences Entrepreneurs

The Health Sciences Entrepreneurs is a group of alumni dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in the rapidly evolving world of health care. The group, hosting events for alumni and students since 2005, has recently launched a mentoring program. To learn more about mentoring opportunities, follow the link on this site.

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Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education Center

The Sherman Center’s mission is to enable interdisciplinary student entrepreneurship in the broadest sense by providing education on tools, concepts, and resources to foster creativity and the ability to develop commercially viable ideas.

Opening May 2014, the program’s curriculum is designed to arm engineering students with the appropriate entrepreneurial skills to successfully pitch and commercialize their innovations. Workshops and courses will be led by Northeastern faculty and innovators from industry.

The center complements Northeastern’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship on campus and will work closely with faculty in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness and IDEA, Northeastern’s student-run venture accelerator.

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Center for Research Innovation

Northeastern University’s Center for Research Innovation (CRI) is an impact driven initiative bridging the gap between laboratory research and need-based solutions. The CRI serves as the University-wide portal between industry and leading-edge innovations from Northeastern’s use-inspired research portfolio.A majority of the CRI staff has prior entrepreneurial experience, creating an agile and responsive team focused on the translation of University innovations into tangilbe solutions through licenses, spin-outs and collaboration.The CRI’s dedication to establishing ongoing dialogue with industry informs Northeastern’s progressive research, enabling a productive balance between exploration and implementation.

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Enabling Engineering

Our mission is to use engineering technologies to:

  • build low-cost devices that improve the lives of the elderly and individuals with physical or cognitive disabilities
  • help family members and nursing care professionals care for people with special needs.
  • empower affected individuals by giving them greater independence, reducing medical errors, and increasing social connectedness, at minimal cost.