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.
Northeastern University celebrated its 114th Commencement on Friday, as graduates were recognized for their many achievements. U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivered the Commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony at TD Garden. Charles Elachi, director of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, delivered the address at the graduate ceremony at Matthews Arena.
Wendy Chu chose to attend Northeastern because she felt the university “stretched the definition of a college student.” Chu’s many accomplishments include a co-op at a White House initiative, studying political theory and sustainable urban development on Dialogues in China and the Netherlands, and working across marketing, business development, and project management teams at student-led and tech startups. “I’ll remember that anything felt possible here,” she says. This fall, she will attend Harvard Law School.
Vipond, DMSB’16, is a global citizen and a budding entrepreneur, a guitar player in a tight-knit band and a member of Northeastern’s Huntington 100. Here, he reflects on his past five years at Northeastern and looks ahead to the future.
Annika Morgan and Ben Bungert have a lot in common, including being leaders of student-led entrepreneurship organizations. On May 6, they’ll share the stage at TD Garden to deliver the student address at Commencement.
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.
IDEA’s venture showcase highlighted the scope of Northeastern’s student– and alumni-led startups, from a micro-brewed coffee company to a customized backpack design business.
Annika Morgan, DMSB’16, didn’t plan on becoming the new face of Northeastern’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. But here she is, the inaugural Altschuler-Meyer CEO of IDEA, the university’s student-run venture accelerator.
Here are some facts and figures about Northeastern’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, powered by students.
Members of Northeastern’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem came together Friday night to commemorate the fifth anniversary of IDEA and celebrate the announcement of a gift endowing the student-run venture accelerator’s CEO position.
Students and faculty across many disciplines presented their scholarly research, innovative thinking, and entrepreneurial endeavors at the annual expo, where many young researchers were honored with prestigious awards.
Seven Boston-area startups recently showcased their businesses to a panel of experts at a Northeastern-sponsored event in Roxbury.