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.