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IDEA/HIC Info Sessions are a Great Success

On January 14th, 19th and 21st, IDEA teamed up with Husky Innovation Challenge (HIC) to put on info sessions for students interested in starting ventures or aiding a venture with their talents.

There was a great turnout and a lot of interesting discussion. The first topic on the agenda was to inform students of HIC and the incredible opportunity it offers to students who want to get their ventures off the ground. HIC will feature seven intensive boot camps that will challenge students to develop their venture idea and educate them on the necessary components of starting a business, such as company pitches, marketing strategies and finance management. It will then conclude with a Demo Day contest where the prototypes of their ventures will be eligible for awards. For more information about HIC, please visit

The info sessions were also a forum to introduce IDEA to the attending students. Founder and CEO of IDEA, Ashkan Afkhami, covered everything from how IDEA was started to the application process for ventures and talent. The discussion was then opened to students to ask questions to better clarify what IDEA is and does.

To make the info sessions even more personalized, students broke off into smaller groups with members from the IDEA and HIC teams. These smaller groups helped IDEA and HIC become familiar with students interested in applying or competing as ventures and talents, while also giving students a more intimate way to ask questions and get to know the people behind IDEA and HIC.

It immediately became apparent that there are a lot of students at Northeastern who already have great ideas for ventures and who are extremely interested in being talent. The info sessions ended up being a great way for students to network with each other, provide input for venture proposals and foster potential partnerships. Students left with more knowledge and motivation to help turn their ideas into successful realities. In total, there were 58 students who submitted their information to the IDEA team with concrete interest in starting ventures or being talent.