Whether deliv­ering a monthly themed box of STEM activ­i­ties straight to your door or cre­ating a solar pow­ered cell phone and tablet charging sta­tion, the star­tups springing out of Northeastern’s ven­ture accel­er­ator IDEA are nothing if not diverse.

The word “diverse” con­tinued crop­ping up at the North­eastern Entre­pre­neur­ship Expo held Wednesday evening in the school’s Cabot Ath­letic Center. Roughly 40 ven­tures pre­sented to a milling-​​around crowd com­prised of stu­dents, fac­ulty, alumni and mem­bers of the Boston tech community.

Among them was Hugh Courtney, dean of Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness. In his nearly two-​​year tenure, Courtney has fre­quented roughly four NEXPOs, each get­ting better by the year. “As far as I’m con­cerned,” he said.

Courtney com­mended the breadth of the star­tups involved Wednesday. “The diver­sity of ven­tures … sug­gests to me a healthy ven­ture accel­er­ator,” the dean noted, soon pointing to another pow­erful part of the pro­gram: the stu­dents. “I really do believe it’s the student-​​run nature of IDEA that is the secret to its success.”

IDEA’s coaching team is made up of enthu­si­astic stu­dents whose sole goal is to see their peers succeed.

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