Throughout Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week, North­eastern is hosting a series of events show­casing the entre­pre­neurial spirit flour­ishing all across campus, as stu­dents engage in inno­v­a­tive aca­d­emic pro­grams and par­tic­i­pate in ini­tia­tives that help them move their bold ideas forward.

North­eastern has incor­po­rated entre­pre­neur­ship into its edu­ca­tional pro­gram for more than a half cen­tury, fos­tering a learning envi­ron­ment that nur­tures the next gen­er­a­tion of young entre­pre­neurs who are cre­ating new busi­nesses and helping to develop solu­tions to global problems.

Entre­pre­neur­ship is inte­grated into the University’s expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties, into course work that gives stu­dents the tools to turn their ideas into prod­ucts, and into stu­dent activ­i­ties, such as clubs devoted to entrepreneurship.

This week, a slate of events on campus is high­lighting inno­v­a­tive stu­dent ven­tures, social entre­pre­neur­ship, the University’s bur­geoning Cre­ative Indus­tries pro­gram, and oppor­tu­ni­ties that exist in health sci­ences and the music industry.

On Sunday, the North­eastern Entre­pre­neur­ship Club will also hold the latest “boot camp” as part of its Husky I+ Challenge—a startup com­pe­ti­tion designed to model entre­pre­neur­ship, grow entre­pre­neurs and facil­i­tate the cre­ation of early-​​stage com­pa­nies over the course of a semester.

North­eastern con­tinues to find new ways to advance inno­v­a­tive and entre­pre­neurial solu­tions to the world’s most pressing chal­lenges, including national imper­a­tives in health, secu­rity and sus­tain­ability. The latest example came last month, when Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun announced the Inno­va­tion and Entre­pre­neur­ship Initiative.

Building on the University’s strong foun­da­tion in these areas, the ini­tia­tive will facil­i­tate dis­covery through fac­ulty and stu­dent research, aug­ment under­grad­uate and grad­uate course work, and create new stu­dent activ­i­ties and honors.

Northeastern’s existing entre­pre­neur­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties include the I-​​Cubator pro­gram, through the School of Tech­no­log­ical Entre­pre­neur­ship (STE), that com­bines expe­ri­en­tial learning and tech­nology com­mer­cial­iza­tion. I-​​Cubators are a com­po­nent of STE’s master’s program—for a full year, grad­uate stu­dents work in groups on their ven­tures to fur­ther develop a tech­nology, create product pro­to­types, eval­uate mar­kets and cus­tomer needs and create fund­able busi­ness plans.

In addi­tion, the Inter-​​Disciplinary Entre­pre­neur­ship Accel­er­ator (IDEA) is a student-​​founded and student-​​run pro­gram at North­eastern that helps stu­dents create, develop and accel­erate their own busi­ness objec­tives. IDEA pro­vides tai­lored ser­vices for entre­pre­neurial stu­dents that are designed to advance the devel­op­ment of their busi­ness ideas.

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