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Friday 5: Five Events to Attend in August

Looking for some great events to attend during August? These were taken from the Greenhorn Connect website where events all over Boston are posted. Also, if you are wondering how Pitch-a-Thon went, be on the look out for our monthly Newsletter or sign-up on our…

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Friday 5: IDEA Ventures Get External Funding

It’s exciting for IDEA every time one of our ventures receives external funding, and this week is especially exciting as Amino Apps gets funding! So in light of Amino’s success we decided it would be a good idea to introduce you to some of our…

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Friday 5: 5 Boston Events to Attend in July

Check out these great events going on in Boston during July! Also, don’t forget to sign up for IDEA’s Pitch-a-thon July 16th at District Hall. Free Circuit Hacking Night - Artisan’s Asylum July 2, 2014 at 6:00 PM Come play with electronics at Artisan’s Asylum! Whether…

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Friday 5: Five highlights from BostInno’s State of Innovation

BostInno’s State of Innovation was in full swing last night, rounding up over 1,000 industry professionals and entrepreneurs at the Westin Boston Waterfront. The event featured some of the best and brightest, including Deval Patrick, Marty Walsh, Naval Ravikant (founder of AngelList), CTO of Rue La…

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Meet IDEA’s New CEO

With the end of spring semester comes the change of management from one CEO to the next. We welcome our new CEO, Nick Naraghi. As Northeastern University’s former President of Student Government, Nick brings leadership experience and an exciting vision for IDEA’s future. “It’s really…

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Friday 5: MassChallenge Finalists Announced

Just this past Wednesday MassChallenge announced their 2014 venture batch totaling 128 unique startups. Each year the process becomes more and more competitive with over 1,600 applications from all over the United States and the World. During the four month process MassChallenge provides its ventures…

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5 Ways Warm Weather can Benefit you at Work

Whether you love winter or not, we can all agree it has been too cold for too long. It’s time to shake off those winter blues, get outside and start innovating! Here are 5 ways people are getting back into the swing of things by…

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Friday 5: 2nd Annual NEVYs

Did you miss out on the second annual New England Venture Capitol Association‘s Awards (NEVY’s) ceremony Wednesday night? Don’t worry, some of IDEA’s team was there and we’ve got you covered. From a Rock & Roll theme to singing “Sweet Caroline”, the House of Blues…

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Friday 5: 5 Tech Events You Won’t Want To Miss In May

Whether you’re already big into the tech scene or you’re just first trying to get your feet wet, you won’t want to miss these five tech events happening in the Hub this May. 3D Hub Launch Boston, 5/9 @ 5:30pm: Remember the days when you thought…

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Friday 5: 5 Self-Starter Ideas for the Summer

Summer is just around the corner and it is time to begin thinking about your employment plans. For those who aren’t jet setting all over the world, working or spending time relaxing, there are a whole host of options to keep self-starters busy for the…

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Bureo Skateboards: Kickstarter Campaign and Northeastern Event

Bureo Skateboards aims to reduce the 10% of aquatic waste that comes from discarded fishing nets by repurposing them into premium cruiser boards. Their Story Ben Kneppers moved to Chile in the Fall of 2012 with the goal of pursuing environmental consultant work. There he…

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IDEA Surpasses 500k Funding Milestone

IDEA was founded in 2009 and since then has funded 35 ventures with grants up to $10,000. Just this past month, the Accelerator reached its 500k milestone in venture funding, a monumental milestone for IDEA. For many student entrepreneurs, starting a company is both an exhilarating…

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Friday 5: IDEA’s 500k Gap Funding Milestone

Big news for IDEA! As you may or may not know, IDEA offers gap funding to its ventures, who apply, in the amount of $10,000. Just last month, since IDEA’s founding in 2009, 35 ventures have been funded and IDEA has hit their $500,000 gap…

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5 Reasons to go to Demo Day

The Husky Startup Challenge is a program run by the Entrepreneurs Club and through a series of Saturday bootcamp, networking events and a final Demo Day, participants in the Husky Startup Challenge hack businesses together throughout the semester. It is an opportunity to learn the ins…

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Friday 5: 5 Things you Missed at NEXPO

Didn’t get a chance to swing by NEXPO this past Wednesday? No worries, here are five things you may have missed. Make sure to catch the event next semester! Photobooth: IDEA‘s step and repeat made quite a splash at NEXPO. The photobooth created a buzz, drawing…

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Friday 5: 5 Ventures to Check Out at NEXPO!

NEXPO is right around the corner (on March 26 to be exact!). Curious about what ventures will be present at NEXPO? Here’s a sneak-peak of five that will be showing off their stuff on the exposition floor! It’s just a small sampling of what’s to…

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Practice Gigs: A Northeastern IDEA and Law School Community Partnership

For professional and aspiring athletes everywhere, finding locations and time to practice can be difficult. Many sports, like tennis, require long hours of practice one-on-one with a professional or a friend. Athletes feel that they benefit from working with experienced mentors, these professionals are looking…

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Friday 5: Why NEXPO is the Place to Be on March 26

In less than a month, IDEA is hosting its biggest event of the semester: NEXPO! A celebration of startups and the entrepreneurial spirit, NEXPO is a place for IDEA’s ventures to showcase their success to Northeastern and the Greater Boston startup scene. But it’s an evening of much,…

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Friday 5: 5 Collaborative Workspaces, the Latest and Greatest in Entrepreneurship

For those entrepreneurs starting a venture, one of the most important questions to ask is, where do you meet to work? Many startups will look to coffee shops, or choose to work from the comfort of their home, and others pay to rent an office.…

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My Advice on College: Get Involved

February means midterm season, and it goes without saying that it’s quite a busy time. But for many of us on the Management Team at IDEA, we have one thing on our mind – it’s called senior year, and trust me, it’s a scary place.…

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Introducing IDEA’s 100k Club

At IDEA: Northeastern’s Venture Accelerator, we are proud to award gap funding to many of our deserving ventures. But it is our goal as an accelerator to prepare each venture to receive outside investment, so when they hit milestones such as receiving $100,000 in funding it’s…

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IDEA Seeking New Communications Officers. Apply Now!

Interested in gaining real PR experience and running your own communications team? Look no further. We have the perfect position for you. We’re hiring!  IDEA’s Communications Officers are the main drivers behind our external image to the student body at Northeastern, as well as the entrepreneurial…

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Crowdfunding Your Next Campaign? Look to IDEA Ventures for Advice!

It’s 2014, and let’s face it – funding is hard to come by. To get angel or VC funding, it takes measured success, sustainable growth, and a skilled team. But with our ventures – many of them at the concept stage – how do they…

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Coached to Perfection: IDEA Ventures Gain Knowledge through Personal Mentorship

Success as an IDEA venture is dependent on several factors. But in this student-led program, all roads are navigated with the help of IDEA’s coaches. Coaches act as liaisons between ventures and all of IDEA’s resources: business planning, networking, events, legal consulting and funding opportunities. IDEA Coaches come from…

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Friday 5: What’s It Like to be IDEA’s Communications Officer?

Northeastern University If you’ve ever been past the IDEA lab in the depths of Hayden Hall at Northeastern, you may find yourself wondering, “what actually is behind those frosted windows?” We know, it seems a little daunting or even suspicious. But behind those windows lives a thriving…

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Success in Southie: The Handle Bar Indoor Cycling Studio

From the moment I walked into The Handle Bar I knew, this was no ordinary indoor cycling studio. Jess Bashelor, the owner and instructor of the studio, believes she has found her niche. Part of what makes the studio unique is music selection. “That’s one of the…

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Friday 5: 5 Reasons to Attend InnoWeekend

What do you get when you put a bunch of entrepreneurs in a room for an entire weekend, all with ideas for new and innovative products competing for a cash prize? Northeastern’s Entrepreneurs Club is about to find out! Starting today and lasting until Sunday, Innoweekend is a competition…

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Startup Life: How Ventures are Helping Students Gain Experience through the Entrepreneurship Immersion Program

IDEA ventures are always looking for new resources to help advance their businesses, whether it’s through MassChallenge, Business Model Competition, or Founder.org. These resources are even found within our University walls. A new program here at Northeastern matches startups with the asset they need most:…

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Friday 5: 5 IDEA Ventures to Watch This Year

IDEA: Northeastern University’s Venture Accelerator works with over 125 active ventures; some of these are in the first stages of development, and some are ready to launch. But they all have something in common: they are innovative, hardworking, and determined. Here are five of IDEA’s…

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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2013

2013 was a memorable year for IDEA – our ventures, our coaches, and our management team. And we couldn’t have done it without all of our supporters, both in and outside the University. In the last 12 months, our investment team has granted more than…

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2013 IDEA Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here! If you’re strapped for cash and running out of time to find the perfect gift, have no fear, we’re here to help! Our ventures are creating gifts for you and yours this holiday season. We all have the one friend who’s…

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Northeastern Kicks Off Global Entrepreneurship Week: Featured Speaker Richard D’Amore

“I’m here because the guy they really wanted to speak cancelled,” joked Richard D’Amore at last night’s Global Entrepreneurship Week kick-off event. Held at Northeastern University, the event celebrated the start of a week dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation at NU. Distinguished faculty and alumni joined students from…

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Educate, Incubate, Launch, NEXPO: Global Entrepreneurship Week Hits Northeastern

November 18-20, 2013 marks Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at Northeastern University. This worldwide celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship, sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and hosted by the Northeastern University Center for Entrepreneurship Education, marks one of the reasons why Northeastern University’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program is…

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Learning from the Best: IDEA Hosts EMC Co-founder Roger Marino

This past Thursday, IDEA was fortunate to host one of the most prominent business leaders to graduate from Northeastern, Roger Marino. A 1961 graduate from the College of Engineering, Marino co-founded the computer storage and security company EMC in 1979 along with his Northeastern roommate…

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Friday 5: 5 Tips for Raising Early Seed Capital

You’ve created a unique product or service. You’ve conducted market research, developed comprehensive strategies, and flushed out every aspect of your business plan. Now the time has come to approach investors with the hopes of generating early stage capital to propel your venture forward. These…

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IDEA Venture Wins at 2013 MassChallenge Competition

Quad Technologies, a life sciences startup with IDEA, competed in this year’s MassChallenge, walking away with $45K and thousands more in in-kind services. After competing against 1,200 startups that applied to the accelerator program, Quad was accepted into the round of 128 finalists. The venture…

November Reads: A Peek Inside Our Library

Reading is the key to knowledge and success for all entrepreneurs. Setting aside 30 minutes to an hour each day increases productivity, and provides a means to escape the business world, even just for a few moments. At IDEA, learning from others is the power…

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Bureo Skateboards: Bringing Pollution Back to the Streets

It takes great ambition and a strong vision to leave a steady paycheck and move to Chile with one goal in mind: “Making Waves.” That’s exactly what Northeastern University alumnus, Ben Kneppers, and his partner, David Stover, did after founding Bureo Skateboards.Teaming up with a…

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IDEA Partners with CoFoundersLab, Connects Northeastern Entrepreneurs

Ever had a business idea pop into your head, but had no idea how to make it happen? Or do you want to be part of a startup success story, but don’t quite have the product or plan to get going? Good news, Huskies! IDEA has partnered…

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Friday 5: Advice from Successful Entrepreneurs

At IDEA, it is our ultimate goal to help our ventures succeed. We have many resources available to ensure this success, including mentors and coaches. Our mentors are professionals in their field that advise and guide ventures, and our coaches are Northeastern students who work as consultants with ventures on…

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Friday 5: Five Questions for Fresh Truck’s Josh Trautwein

If you ask anyone on IDEA’s Management Team what their favorite part of IDEA is, there’s a good chance it has something to do with seeing all of the awesome things our ventures achieve. This is especially true regarding Fresh Truck, one of IDEA’s ventures that recently…

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Friday 5: Five Productivity Hacks for Entrepreneurs

Before leaving the office for the night, many of us optimistically make a To-Do list for the following morning. The next day, however, finds interruptions and distractions and little to none of what we had written down actually getting accomplished. Its clear that one of the most critical factors…

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IDEA Doles Out $34k In Most Recent Gap Funding Round

The school year has just begun at Northeastern, but IDEA ventures are already hard at work– and it’s paying off. For its September round of Gap Funding, IDEA has awarded a total of $34,000 to four of its ventures: Bureo, Gapelia, Fresh Truck and Presskit.to. Bureo Skateboards turns plastic pollution into quality skateboards–…

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Evaluating Your Business Concept: The Essential Questions

In evaluating the quality and feasibility of a proposed business concept, entrepreneurs must ask themselves some tough questions regarding their product or service, target market, team, and resources. Taking the time early on to determine the answers to these questions will be of the utmost…

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IDEA Venture GilaPad to Launch September 1st

Exciting news from the IDEA Lab! Tuatara Corporation, a venture with IDEA: Northeastern University’s Venture Accelerator, will be launching its flagship platform GilaPad™ on September 1st. Northeastern student and Tuatara Co-founder Xavier Xicay describes GilaPad as a “uniquely integrated cloud-based digital content hub” which works to sync course materials…

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5 Resources For Boston Startups

Starting up your own company is not an easy feat. But Boston-based startups might have it better than in other places, as The Hub is becoming one of the more popular entrepreneurial cities in the US. And with all the hype surrounding the Boston startup scene comes…

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Collaboration: The Recipe for Business Growth

A great idea is always limited by the mind it is born into. Unless it can grow and evolve with new perspective, it will never reach its full potential. In order to gain momentum, it is crucial for entrepreneurs to work together for success. Collaboration…

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Raising the Bar: Boston’s Newest Cycling Studio, The Handle Bar, Now Open!

Are you a seasoned cyclist – or ever wanted to give spinning a shot? Well now’s your chance – The Handle Bar, Boston’s newest indoor spin studio, opened last month to a roaring welcome. Located just steps off the Red Line in the Hub’s trendy South…

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Heating Up: IDEA’s Summer Gap Funding Recipients

It’s hot here in Boston but our Ventures definitely aren’t cooling down! IDEA: Northeastern University’s Venture Accelerator is excited to announce its July Gap Funding recipients: Tablelist and Photos to Photos. Mobile apps make up a quickly growing industry, and it’s no surprise to see these two lighting up…

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A Pitch Perfect Night for IDEA Ventures

Ready, set, pitch! On June 12, 18 ventures from IDEA made their case in front of a room of investors and entrepreneurs in hopes to gain funding to accelerate their businesses. IDEA hosted Pitchathon - a semiannual event giving ventures the opportunity to pitch to a room…