Biotech entrepreneurs pitch their startups

Biotech entre­pre­neur­ship took center stage at North­eastern on Friday, when four teams of grad­uate stu­dents pitched their star­tups to a panel of judges at a com­pe­ti­tion that wrapped up an eight-​​week boot camp. The win­ning pitches included a coating for med­ical implantable devices that would repel bac­teria, and 3-​​D mag­netic printing that would create cus­tomized, com­posite prosthetics.

Meet the graduates: Matt Connolly

Con­nolly started his first e-​​commerce busi­ness when he was just 14, and he later rebranded and expanded it while studying at North­eastern. He had a goal to one day work at Amazon. First he worked on co-​​op there, and soon he’ll be starting at the com­pany full time after grad­u­ating last week with a bachelor’s degree in busi­ness administration.

And the winners are…

The breadth and depth of Northeastern’s research and entre­pre­neurial spirit was on full dis­play Thursday at RISE:2016, the university’s Research, Inno­va­tion, and Schol­ar­ship Expo. Industry leaders judged some 400 projects, which detailed the work of more than 900 North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty. The judges sub­mitted their rat­ings and the top award win­ners were rec­og­nized at an after­noon recep­tion in East Village.

Building businesses piece by piece

Entre­pre­neur­ship fever is sweeping North­eastern, and stu­dents all across campus are catching the bug. A host of student-​​run oper­a­tions is springing up to sup­port North­eastern star­tups, offering skills and exper­tise in fields from accounting to graphic design to soft­ware coding. To help these groups forge an alliance, fac­ulty member Dan Gre­gory made a lead gift last fall, inspiring par­ents, alumni, and fac­ulty to join in. To date, sup­port for the new initiative—which stu­dents named Mosaic—comes to $425,000.

Blurr, the app that’s out to change how you share photos

Three North­eastern stu­dents have co-​​founded a hyper­local photo-​​sharing plat­form that con­nects people who are in the same place at the same time, like a party or sporting event. Now, the Blurr team is headed to South by South­west to pitch its startup to entre­pre­neurs and investors as final­ists in a national stu­dent startup competition.