Today marks the start of Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, a five-​​day series of events cel­e­brating and pro­moting entre­pre­neur­ship and inno­va­tion on campus, in Boston and around the world.

The goal is to cel­e­brate the inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neur­ship ecosystem that’s here at the uni­ver­sity,” said Tracey Doden­hoff, director of Northeastern’s Center for Research Inno­va­tion. “There’s a lot of energy on campus and these events allow the com­mu­nity to take part in all that is going on.”

The slate of events includes daily “Break­fast of Cham­pions” dis­cus­sions held in the morning at Renais­sance Park that will explore topics such as ven­ture funding, intel­lec­tual prop­erty and government-​​sponsored inno­va­tion. A full schedule of events is posted online at north​eastern​.edu/​e​w​eek.

Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week is a world­wide ini­tia­tive that was launched in 2008 by former UK Prime Min­ister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the pres­i­dent and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foun­da­tion. Since then, it has expanded to 115 coun­tries and nearly 24,000 partner orga­ni­za­tions, directly engaging more than 7 mil­lion people.

The events on Northeastern’s campus are free and open to the North­eastern com­mu­nity. One of the keynote events — “Inspire, Trans­late, Accel­erate!: Building Northeastern’s Entre­pre­neurial Ecosystem” — will cel­e­brate the new Center for Research Inno­va­tion, which was founded ear­lier this year. The center, which sup­ports cross-​​university entre­pre­neur­ship and inno­va­tion, suc­ceeded the Divi­sion of Tech­nology Transfer.

It aims to con­nect the gaps between groups and orga­ni­za­tions on campus to pro­vide seam­less ser­vice to entre­pre­neurs and to help con­nect aca­d­emic research with industry.

Our objec­tive is to pro­vide a high level of ser­vice and let the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity know we are here to help them be suc­cessful,” Doden­hoff said.

Stu­dent groups such as the Entre­pre­neurs Club and IDEA, Northeastern’s ven­ture accel­er­ator, are orga­nizing sev­eral events. Wednesday evening’s Investor Insights, for example, will fea­ture ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists giving entre­pre­neurial advice to new stu­dents and alumni. On Thursday at 6:15 p.m., Wilmer­Hale Ven­ture Group is hosting a keynote address by crowd-​​sourcing entre­pre­neur Ben Kaufman of Quirky and an engaging panel dis­cus­sion fea­turing entre­pre­neurial alumni.

I think this goes to show how thriving entre­pre­neur­ship is at North­eastern and how much fire and spirit there is on campus,” said Greg Skloot, pres­i­dent of the North­eastern Entre­pre­neurs Club. “It’s really good for show­casing what the com­mu­nity is up to at Northeastern.”