North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and its Center for Research Inno­va­tion are hosting a series of events through Friday as part of Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week. The theme of this year’s incar­na­tion of the ini­tia­tive will focus on fos­tering a strong and engaged com­mu­nity by working across a range of dis­ci­plines throughout campus and beyond.

The energy and pas­sion for entre­pre­neur­ship is deeply seated at North­eastern and con­tinues to res­onate as our alumni create impact around the world,” said Tracey Doden­hoff, the center’s director.

North­eastern Global e-​​week kicks off on Tuesday from 1:30–4:30 p.m. in the Curry Indoor Quad with the inau­gural B.I.G. Ven­ture Fair, which is co-​​hosted by CRI and Career Ser­vices. B.I.G, which stands for busi­ness, inno­va­tion and growth, will aim to con­nect start-​​ups from across the Boston area with stu­dents eager to build part­ner­ships or pursue a career at an up-​​and-​​coming venture.

From 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, deans from across the uni­ver­sity will dis­cuss the role of entre­pre­neur­ship in their school or col­lege. Each dean, Doden­hoff said, will speak for five min­utes about how their dis­ci­plines are engaging entre­pre­neurs and what the future holds for their fields.

Click here for a full schedule of Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week events. The slate of activ­i­ties includes pro­grams in the fields of health sci­ence, music industry, video-​​game design, and pitching for grants, invest­ments and press cov­erage. The events are spon­sored by col­leges across the uni­ver­sity and stu­dent groups including IDEA and the North­eastern Entre­pre­neurs Club.

This is the fifth con­sec­u­tive year that North­eastern has par­tic­i­pated in Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week, which includes more than 35,000 events in more than 125 coun­tries worldwide.

The ven­ture fair will also mark the launch of Ven­ture­Crowd, a CRI-​​funded ini­tia­tive that matches ven­tures with would-​​be entre­pre­neurs based on an individual’s skill set and an organization’s needs.

The entre­pre­neur­ship ecosystem here can so often feel sep­a­rated phys­i­cally and men­tally,” said Ven­ture­Crowd CEO Ryan Johnson, who grad­u­ated from North­eastern this spring with a master’s degree from the School of Tech­nical Entre­pre­neur­ship. “When you’re trying to build a team, you really need to cross-​​pollinate — that’s a need here as at any other uni­ver­sity or organization.”

Users of the site, which was released in open beta last month at NEXPO, can pin­point their skill set in six fields—operations, tech­nical, cre­ative, legal, finan­cial or mar­keting and sales—and then search for oppor­tu­ni­ties to pair their unique abil­i­ties with the needs of a par­tic­ular start-​​up.

Johnson noted the dif­fer­ences between Ven­ture­Crowd and job boards or net­working sites such as LinkedIn. “The one thing that really sets us apart is match­making and the need to pair up people with cer­tain skills with the right com­pany, and vice versa,” he explained. “And we’re focused on hyper-​​localization: we know that North­eastern is made up of many inde­pen­dent but inter­de­pen­dent com­mu­ni­ties, and Ven­ture­Crowd can help bring them together.”

The Center for Research Inno­va­tion serves as Northeastern’s portal between industry and the leading inno­va­tions from the university’s use-​​inspired research port­folio. The center bridges the gap between lab­o­ra­tory research and need-​​based solu­tions and is ded­i­cated to estab­lishing an ongoing dia­logue with industry that informs and inspires Northeastern’s pro­gres­sive research.