Over the last three days, Northeastern’s Center for Entre­pre­neur­ship Edu­ca­tion has been focusing on three fun­da­mental words: edu­cate, incu­bate and launch. The Uni­ver­sity has been cel­e­brating Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week, high­lighting an inven­tive spirit largely unpar­al­leled by other insti­tu­tions, as proven by IDEA’s North­eastern Entre­pre­neur­ship Expo held Wednesday night.

NEXPO was the per­fect end to Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week at North­eastern,” said senior Max Kaye, CEO of the student-​​run ven­ture accelerator.

The 44 com­pa­nies that pre­sented in the school’s Cabot Ath­letic Center rep­re­sented a wide array of indus­tries, ranging from an out­door solar-​​powered charging sta­tion for cell phones and tablets to an indoor cycling studio. Sea­soned entre­pre­neurs min­gled with up-​​and-​​comers, who were all in dif­ferent stages of development.

At the core of it all, how­ever, was con­fir­ma­tion that what the Uni­ver­sity has set out to do is swiftly coming to life with a renewed entre­pre­neurial energy.

We’re starting to see the Entre­pre­neurs Club and IDEA working together,” said junior Casey Hogan, pres­i­dent of the Entre­pre­neurs Club. “The ecosystem is working.”

On Tuesday night, the Entre­pre­neurs Club hosted the Husky Startup Chal­lenge — the cul­mi­na­tion of three months’ of stu­dents’ hard work building min­imum viable prod­ucts. Four star­tups were awarded their share of $5,000, and went on to demo at Wednesday’s showcase.

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