One is a gluten-​​free snack-​​food com­pany. Another is a pest-​​control firm. They are two of the six mem­bers of North­eastern University’s first grad­u­ating class of start-​​ups.

Launched in a base­ment class­room, nur­tured with the help of stu­dents, pro­fes­sors, and alumni men­tors, these fledg­ling com­pa­nies have matric­u­lated through Idea, Northeastern’s accel­er­ator pro­gram, which is dis­tin­guished by its man­age­ment team: The incu­bator, which hosts about 80 start-​​ups, is run by students.

We see this as a huge expe­ri­en­tial learning lab,” said Dan Gre­gory, a North­eastern busi­ness school pro­fessor and Idea’s fac­ulty adviser. “We want to build great ven­tures, but we really want to build great entrepreneurs.”

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