At the begin­ning of the fall semester, stu­dents dove into the Husky Startup Chal­lenge with an idea. Fueled by a relent­less entre­pre­neurial energy, how­ever, the par­tic­i­pating pool trans­formed their ideas into 19 dif­ferent ven­tures — all of which were put on dis­play at North­eastern Tuesday night.

The amount of things I’ve seen today that didn’t exist at the begin­ning of the semester is phe­nom­enal,” acknowl­edged Nick Naraghi, pres­i­dent of Northeastern’s Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion.

Hosted by the University’s Entre­pre­neurs Club, with the help of Northeastern’s Center for Entre­pre­neur­ship Edu­ca­tion, the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness and the school’s student-​​run ven­ture accel­er­ator IDEA, the Husky Startup Chal­lenge awarded $5,000 to stu­dents with min­imum viable prod­ucts exem­plary of three months’ of hard work.

Atten­dees applauded the efforts of Stow­away, the “AirBnB of storage, pairing those who need storage with those who have it.” The startup, launched by Chris Touma and Brian Schwartz, won the $500 Audi­ence Choice Award.

As far as resources go, though, funding is only the begin­ning. Prior to announcing the third-​​place team, Dan Gre­gory, co-​​director of the Center for Entre­pre­neur­ship Edu­ca­tion, told stu­dents the Uni­ver­sity will be intro­ducing an entre­pre­neur­ship minor next year, as well as a student-​​run design agency out of the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design to sup­port ven­tures going through the Husky Startup Chal­lenge and IDEA.

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