Boston, MA – Sep­tember 22, 2008 – When Dominic Coryell began dri­ving a delivery truck for Husky Express to make some extra cash his freshman year, little did he know how that job would impact his future and lead him to becoming a young, suc­cessful entrepreneur.

Coryell, an accounting/​finance major in the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, became an equity partner and CEO of Husky Express after only a year with the com­pany and has helped make Husky Express the busi­ness that it is today.

In fact, Coryell was selected as one of 30 stu­dents world­wide for his work with Husky Express by the Entre­pre­neurs’ Orga­ni­za­tion. In November, Coryell will be in Chicago with other stu­dent entre­pre­neurs for the Global Stu­dent Entre­pre­neur Awards with the chance to win more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Husky Express, estab­lished in 1999 by North­eastern stu­dent Adam Jac­know, has grown from an informal laundry ser­vice for stu­dents to a busi­ness that serves more than 1,300 cus­tomers across metro Boston. Husky Express has devel­oped laundry plans for both stu­dents and non-​​student res­i­dents in the area, and cur­rently, 45 per­cent of their cus­tomers are not from the North­eastern com­mu­nity. The com­pany has dou­bled its’ sales each year and hopes to reach the $800,000 mark in 2008.

Although the laundry is not actu­ally done by stu­dents, the busi­ness end is solely oper­ated by North­eastern stu­dents – many of whom co-​​op with the com­pany and then turn into full-​​time employees. The soft­ware, which allows cus­tomers to track their laundry online, from pick-​​up to delivery, was devel­oped entirely by co-​​op stu­dents, cre­ating a user-​​friendly tool for customers.

Due to a secu­rity issue at pick-​​up and drop-​​off loca­tions, Husky Express installed 25 secure lockers located throughout the city of Boston to ensure that laundry is safe from theft, which resulted in sales doubling.

Coryell hopes to expand Husky Express to a national – and hope­fully inter­na­tional – busi­ness, increasing the types of ser­vices offered to cus­tomers as well. Cur­rently, they are looking to iden­tify a strategic partner for this expan­sion with hopes of cre­ating inde­pen­dent or company-​​owned fran­chises across the United States.

Our busi­ness model is a scal­able entity that can be dupli­cated, and it has the poten­tial to be suc­cessful in other mar­kets,” said Coryell.

Coryell doesn’t stop there. He is cur­rently working with Paul Zavracky, the Dean of Northeastern’s School of Tech­no­log­ical Entre­pre­neur­ship, on devel­oping new and inno­v­a­tive place­ments for co-​​op stu­dents. By col­lab­o­rating with local ven­ture cap­ital firms and inter­viewing sev­eral CEO’s of start-​​up com­pa­nies, they are iden­ti­fying the best place­ments for co-​​op stu­dents to see first-​​hand how a com­pany is built from the ground up.

By sending stu­dents to work along­side the CEO’s of young com­pa­nies, they will truly expe­ri­ence what it means to be an entre­pre­neur and create the impor­tant link between aca­d­e­mics and the entre­pre­neurial spirit,” said Zavracky.

They hope to have some of these place­ments avail­able as early as the Spring 2009 semester.

In addi­tion to classes and the work that he does as CEO of Husky Express, Coryell will also spend time this semester gearing up for the GSEA com­pe­ti­tion. In June, he was awarded top prize for the vir­tual com­pe­ti­tion, which qual­i­fied him for the upcoming inter­na­tional competition.

Being rec­og­nized by the Global Stu­dent Entre­pre­neur Awards is a tremen­dous honor,” added Coryell. “Because I don’t always have the time to look back at my accom­plish­ments, the greatest part about being involved in this com­pe­ti­tion has been the oppor­tu­nity to reflect on the chal­lenges we’ve faced – and over­come – as a company.”

For more infor­ma­tion about Husky Express, please visit www​.husky​ex​press​.com or con­tact Jenny Eriksen at (617) 373‑2802 or via email at j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.