The uni­ver­sity is in its fourth year of hosting Idea, a student-​​led ven­ture accel­er­ator that pro­vides resources to stu­dents and alumni looking to found star­tups. In 2009 the school was seeking new ways to boost entre­pre­neurial activity on campus when six seniors pro­posed the con­cept for Idea. The group received funding from the uni­ver­sity and by Jan­uary 2012 counted about 40 ven­tures in the pro­gram, says Hugh Courtney, dean of Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness. That figure has since more than tripled, to about 150 ven­tures, a feat the school and Idea’s stu­dent leader Chris Wolfel attribute largely to the program’s peer-​​to-​​peer coaching model.

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