Northeastern empowers students, faculty, and alumni from across the world to start new companies and become leaders in the innovation economy. As a part of our thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem, alumni are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous resources, programs and funding opportunities available through our interdisciplinary centers and institutes, mentorship networks, and venture accelerators.

Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur looking to share your expertise with the next generation of founders or are ready to embark on your own new venture, we welcome you to become an active member of our innovation community.

Entrepreneur & Innovator Awards 2017

Dream, Discover, Disrupt: A Celebration of Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Northeastern

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, this event honors the successes of the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Join us on November 14 at 6:15 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex for an evening of inspiration and discovery to celebrate the dreamers, problem-solvers and learners of Northeastern!

Learn more and register today.

Alumni Resources


Alumni Entrepreneurs Directory

List your business on the Northeastern Alumni Entrepreneurs Directory. The Directory serves to showcase alumni owned and operated businesses all over the world. Whether you are looking to buy products or services from within the Northeastern community or simply expand your business and entrepreneurial network, the directory is the perfect place to start.

Add your business or search the directory today.



IDEA: Northeastern University’s Venture Accelerator

IDEA is Northeastern’s venture accelerator for Northeastern-affiliated entrepreneurs who are looking to launch their own businesses. Alumni are eligible to take full advantage of mentoring and services and may apply for a $10,000 Gap Fund grant. For more information about opportunities for alumni, contact Greg Dalle-Molle at or 617.383.6998.

Learn more and launch your venture today. 


lendingNortheastern University Impact Lending

Northeastern has partnered with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to launch Impact Lending, an initiative to help small business owners in Boston, and abroad, access affordable capital and connect to vendor opportunities at Northeastern. Through Impact Lending, business owners can apply for up to $1 million in financing for any business purpose from working capital to refinancing high-interest debt.

Learn more and apply today.

Alumni Entrepreneur Highlight

For as long as he can remember, Amin Khoury, MBA’89 wanted to build his own company.

He pursued this passion after gaining experience in medical research and instrumentation, and by the time he was 29, Khoury had established a successful entrepreneurial venture in the medical products and services business. Khoury sought and received, support from a Boston-based venture capital firm, Greylock Partners, and partnered with a small defense electronics company, to create a multi-million dollar, publicly-owned, medical services and products company. Five years later, at 34, Khoury cashed in his chips from this successful venture, and not being the type to rest on his laurels, decided to seek a new entrepreneurial challenge.   » Read more


Northeastern’s Innovation Ecosystem

Northeastern’s Innovation Ecosystem is a rich, diverse community both within and external to the university, encompassing student clubs, our IDEA venture accelerator, mentor groups, other university centers and institutes, as well as external investor networks. To inquire about how to get more involved with any of these programs as an alumnus/a please contact Valerie Paquette, Director of Alumni Engagement,

  • Center for Entrepreneurship Education

    The Center for Entrepreneurship Education is a university-wide resource that integrates entrepreneurship and innovation courses, entrepreneurial co-ops in early stage companies, venture incubation through our on-campus venture accelerator, IDEA, and venture funding and launch by helping our entrepreneurs network into the local angel and VC community. We serve undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and alumni from every college in the university.

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  • Center for Family Business

    Adding the complexities of a family and their needs to the dynamics of a competitive business can be a formidable challenge. The Center for Family Business helps business families identify and avoid potential pitfalls, solve complex interpersonal and family business issues, and plan for future family business success in an ever changing and increasingly more competitive environment.

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  • Center for Research Innovation

    Northeastern University’s Center for Research Innovation (CRI) is an impact driven initiative bridging the gap between laboratory research and need-based solutions. The CRI serves as the University-wide portal between industry and leading-edge innovations from Northeastern’s use-inspired research portfolio.

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  • Health Sciences Entrepreneurs

    The Health Sciences Entrepreneurs program is housed in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, and was created to introduce entrepreneurial business opportunities in the health sciences to students, alumni, and faculty. The program, founded in 2005, by alumnus Joseph Fleming, PAH ’70, MS ’71, focuses on educating alumni and faculty entrepreneurs by providing them with the knowledge and tools to build successful companies. The program hosts annual events and a mentoring program for alumni, graduate students and faculty from Northeastern who are starting businesses in the health sciences.

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  • IDEA: Student-Led Venture Acccelerator

    IDEA is a student-led venture accelerator that supports entrepreneurs in the Northeastern community to reach their full potential. True to our Northeastern roots, IDEA provides a valuable experiential educational opportunity to everyone involved from the ventures and coaches to the management team and full-time staff.

    We accelerate the development of ventures using our business planning stage-gate process. IDEA provides the relevant educational and business resources to ventures as they advance through the stages

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  • Mosaic: Student-Led Organizations

    Mosaic is an alliance of student-led organizations that support venture incubation at Northeastern University. There are currently nine Mosaic organizations with many more being designed and developed within colleges across campus. These student-led organizations work side-by-side with student, alumni, and faculty ventures, designing solutions to the real challenges that entrepreneurs face when starting companies. Mosaic organizations are encouraged to collaborate to bring new forms of services and value to entrepreneurs and ventures across campus.

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  • Northeastern University Social Enterprise Institute

    The Social Enterprise Institute is grounded in the belief that business can be a powerful tool in helping to alleviate poverty in the developing world by utilizing enterprise based solutions. We believe we are building the next generation of global business leaders.

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  • Nursing Innovation and Entrepeneurship Institute

    The Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute is focused on helping promote nurse entrepreneurship through courses, seminars and events that educate and support nurses as they develop businesses, products and services in healthcare. These courses are designed to support nurses in every step of the process of building a business and give nurses access to leading nursing, healthcare and business executive who will teach, coach and mentor nurses in their journey of turning an idea into a business.

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  • The Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education

    Our mission is to enable interdisciplinary student entrepreneurship in the broadest sense by providing education about tools, concepts, and resources to foster creativity and the ability to develop commercially viable ideas. Since its opening in May 2014, the program’s cur­riculum is designed to arm engi­neering students with the appro­priate entre­pre­neurial skills to suc­cess­fully pitch and com­mer­cialize their inno­va­tions. Work­shops and courses are led by Northeastern fac­ulty and inno­va­tors from industry.

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  • McCarthy(s) Venture Mentoring Network

    The McCarthy(s) Venture Mentoring Network is a university wide resource available to all Northeastern student, faculty, and alumni ventures. The goal of the VMN is to pair Northeastern entrepreneurs with high-quality, experienced mentors that can help address business challenges and make our ventures more successful.

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