It is well known that Boston has become a thriving ecosystem in which entre­pre­neurs forge their busi­nesses. There are accel­er­a­tors for hard­ware, health­care, soft­ware and social enter­prises; afford­able shared work­spaces; open cur­riculum and work­shops for those looking to build new skills, tech­nical and fun­da­mental. The list goes on.

Per­haps the most sig­nif­i­cant char­ac­ter­istic is the wealth of human cap­ital, bud­ding and sea­soned with expe­ri­ence, pro­viding a pow­erful and enhancing con­trast of per­spec­tive to address busi­ness oppor­tu­ni­ties across indus­tries. Annu­ally, 250,000 eager young minds return to higher ed insti­tu­tions here to learn how to create and inno­vate. Worth noting, though, is not that this vast human cap­ital pool exists, but how well it facil­i­tates incred­ibly syn­er­gistic inter­ac­tions between individuals.

My place within this ecosystem is as the Chief Exec­u­tive Officer of IDEA, a student-​​run ven­ture accel­er­ator spon­sored by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. I work with 19 other under­grad­u­ates on IDEA’s man­age­ment team to deliver the best resources pos­sible to the 150 seed-​​stage com­pa­nies in our pro­gram including busi­ness plan­ning tools, in-​​kind ser­vices and non-​​equity seed funding. An impor­tant part of our accel­er­a­tion process is helping our ven­tures tap into the com­mu­nity here in Boston.

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