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 $121,000 to some of our 150+ ventures, furthering the dreams and milestones of Northeastern students and alumni. These successes led to features in national publications – like Fast Company, Forbes, and even a video on MSNBC’s OPEN Forum.

This year’s five top blogs posts (below) are just a precursor to what’s next for IDEA and our ventures in 2014! Stay up-to-date with us on Twitter and Facebook!

uturn1). U-Turn Audio Raises 234K on Kickstarter 

It’s all about customization for U-Turn Audio, an affordable, yet high-quality turntable. In January 2013, they launched a Kickstarter campaign, aiming to raise $60,000. At the end, with more than 1,100 backers, U-Turn raised $234,000.

handlebar2) Raising the Bar: Boston’s Newest Cycling Studio, The Handle Bar 

After much anticipation, Jessica Bashelor opened her very own spin studio in June on South Boston’s Dorchester Avenue. The Handle Bar received a warm welcome from Bostonians, and was featured in The Boston Globe and Boston Magazine.

partnership43) IDEA Partners with CoFoundersLab, Connects Entrepreneurs 

This year, we’ve addressed a key need to our ventures – talent! By partnering with CoFoundersLab, we provided Northeastern entrepreneurs with a free way to find business partners and co-founders.

empower4) IDEA Ventures Featured at Northeastern’s Empower Campaign Launch

In 2012, Northeastern University launched the Empower campaign to raise $1 billion by 2017. IDEA ventures were highlighted at the launch event to display the achievements of student and alum businesses.

gilapad5) IDEA Venture Gilapad to Launch September 1 

Tuatara, one of IDEA’s first launched ventures, released its own product, Gilapad, in September.


Kevin Walther is the Communications Officer for IDEA: Northeastern University’s Venture Accelerator. Follow him at @waltherkevin.