Next week, North­eastern will host a series of work­shops, ven­ture expos, and other events in cel­e­bra­tion of Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week, which is aimed at cel­e­brating inno­va­tors, inspiring entre­pre­neurial spirit, and con­necting the university’s entre­pre­neurs from across generations.

More than 130 coun­tries world­wide par­tic­i­pate in Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week, which is spon­sored by the Kauffman Foundation.

Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week is an oppor­tu­nity to show­case all the great entre­pre­neurial activity hap­pening at Northeastern—in our class­rooms, in our com­mu­nity, and beyond,” said Dan Gre­gory, a fac­ulty member in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness and co-​​director of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Center for Entre­pre­neur­ship Edu­ca­tion, which is hosting the university’s cel­e­bra­tion this year. “Our goal is to bring the whole uni­ver­sity for­ward and encourage stu­dents, alumni, and fac­ulty to get involved and learn about all the resources we offer.”

Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week at North­eastern will be held over three days, each with activ­i­ties fea­turing stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, and alumni, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from busi­nesses and other orga­ni­za­tions. Each day is orga­nized around a dif­ferent theme: edu­cate, incu­bate, and launch—the three steps for stim­u­lating entre­pre­neurial activity. The events begin on Monday, Nov. 18 with two after­noon panels and a kickoff recep­tion at 6:30 p.m. fea­turing alumnus Richard D’Amore, co-​​founder and partner at North Bridge Ven­ture Partners.

For the full Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week lineup and to reg­ister for indi­vidual events, go to http://​www​.north​eastern​.edu/​e​w​e​ek/.

This is the first year Northeastern’s Center for Entre­pre­neur­ship Edu­ca­tion is over­seeing Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week. The center empowers stu­dents, fac­ulty, and alumni to start new com­pa­nies and become leaders in the inno­va­tion economy. Through class­room learning, co-​​op, and incu­ba­tion, par­tic­i­pants learn real-​​world skills and get the sup­port to realize their entre­pre­neurial dream.

IDEA, Northeastern’s student-​​run ven­ture accel­er­ator, is a major part of the university’s entre­pre­neur­ship edu­ca­tion. IDEA pro­vides stu­dent and alumni entre­pre­neurs with guid­ance, gap funding, and con­nec­tions to investors. In the 2012–13 school year, IDEA had 125 active ven­tures in its portfolio.

North­eastern has been so suc­cessful in devel­oping entre­pre­neur­ship on campus because it empowers stu­dents to take ownership—not just of their own busi­nesses and ven­tures, but of the orga­ni­za­tions the sup­port those efforts as well,” said Max Kaye, CEO of IDEA.

Monday’s events will high­light the var­ious pro­grams at North­eastern that edu­cate entre­pre­neurs, with one panel dis­cus­sion focusing on part­ner­ships between stu­dents and fac­ulty and another high­lighting poten­tial careers in entrepreneurship.

Incu­bate is the theme of Tuesday’s events, which include a pre­sen­ta­tion from 1:30–3 p.m. in which pan­elists will dis­cuss the chal­lenges of incu­bating a ven­ture in its early stages. Husky Startup Chal­lenge Demo Day will take place later on Tuesday, when stu­dent entre­pre­neurs from across North­eastern will unveil the star­tups they’ve been working on all semester.

The event’s final day, Wednesday, is all about how prospec­tive entre­pre­neurs can get their ven­ture idea off the ground. Northeastern’s Center for Research Inno­va­tion is spon­soring a dis­cus­sion on strate­gies for licensing intel­lec­tual prop­erty, while Health Sci­ence Entre­pre­neurs and NUCEE will sponsor “The Power of Men­toring: Inside the Mentor/​Venture Expe­ri­ence at Northeastern.”

The week’s events will cul­mi­nate on Wednesday evening with NEXPO, an expo­si­tion of IDEA’s top ven­tures from all indus­tries and stages as well as an oppor­tu­nity to meet the entre­pre­neurs, learn about their ser­vices, and demo their prod­ucts. In addi­tion, the North­eastern Entre­pre­neur­ship Pavilion will show­case the many resources avail­able to North­eastern entrepreneurs.