Programs by Major: Entreprenuership


DUBLIN: International New Venture (I-NV)

Traditional | Dublin, Ireland

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

The New Venture Lab course is designed to experience first-hand some of the challenges that entrepreneurs are confronted with while searching for entrepreneurial opportunities or solving problems related to critical issues in today’s operating environment. The New Venture Lab course is the follow-up experiential complement to any entrepreneurship-related course that focuses on a specific area. Students are required to work in teams to work on problems of strategic importance to an assigned venture.  The startup firms in which students will work are located both in the incubator at Dublin City University (DCU) and at the old Guinness Brewery, which has been converted into an incubator for high tech companies.  Projects vary widely, but typically involve investigating potential markets for a new technology/product/service, evaluating the competitive and strategic landscape, finding the right path to successful opportunity exploitation.  New Venture Lab is a hands-on course, so be prepared to spend a lot of time with customers and experts in-person, by email, and over the phone.


Italy: Family Business Studies

Dialogue of Civilizations | Verona, Italy

Faculty Leaders: Prof. Justin Craig (j.craig@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • ENTR3346: Family Business in Italy
  • ENTR3348: Family Business: A Global Perspective

Description: 

Program Videos:

The Family Business Studies Italy Dialogue provides students with:

  • a comprehensive contemporary overview of Italian family business dynamics, politics, history, culture ,and society, with an intentional focus on the comparisons between Northern Italy versus Southern Italy. Through formal and informal activities (lectures, company and historical site visits, dialogues), students engage with NU professors, plus guest lecturers, and Italian family business leaders in dialogue and discussion of contemporary challenges sustaining business across generations as well as related topics concerning impact of current events, culture, history, and global issues.
  • an understanding of: why families continue to play such a large role in some of the most prominent firms in emerging and mature economies? how families in business manage to maintain ownership control, yet divest of unrelated business ventures? how Italian family businesses internationalize yet maintain control?