Now more than ever, a universe of possibilities is within reach. We planned for this moment. And the fuel of investment will accelerate progress.
Northeastern is experiencing a continuous surge of creativity and entrepreneurship. Now, the Experience campaign invites donors to invest directly in the ecosystem and the learning experiences that are proving so effective.
Northeastern’s legendary co-op model attracts students who are problem-solvers at heart, intent on testing themselves, gaining a professional edge, digging deep, and following through. With the advent of AI, these future leaders must hone the skills that position them to harness novel ideas, adapt, innovate, and execute. Northeastern is situated to provide students with unparalleled opportunities to undertake entrepreneurial projects—and meet the fast-growing demand for these experiences.
Philanthropic funding expands access and powers robust participation.
FUNDABLE INITIATIVES INCLUDE:
- The Center for Entrepreneurship Education
- IDEA, our student-led venture accelerator
- Mosaic, Northeastern’s network of builders and leaders
- Bouvé College’s Health Sciences Entrepreneurs
- The Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship
- The School of Law’s IP Co-Lab
- The Women’s Interdisciplinary Society of Entrepreneurship (WISE)
- The McCarthy(s) Venture Mentoring Network
Since 2009, companies supported by IDEA, Northeastern’s student-run venture accelerator, have raised more than $700 million in external funding. Meanwhile, Mosaic, our network of peer-to-peer organizations supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem, boasts over 3,500 student participants annually.
“Northeastern’s entrepreneurship programs have had a massive impact over the years. Now, our focus is on integrating and scaling these great programs across the entire university system and helping support ventures in every corner of the globe.”
Associate Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Venture Creation
Growing up in New York, Keith Corso, DMSB’21, spent many frigid winter mornings waiting for a tardy school bus. Later, during a co-op at the Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship, he saw an opportunity to change an outdated system of bus routes and schedules, and he created BusRight.
Lamar Letts, DMSB’17, first started developing Hylux while in his dorm room at Northeastern. With the help of $10,000 grant from IDEA, Northeastern’s venture accelerator, Hylux is now a reality—a low sugar, low-calorie, and high nutrient beverage that is taking the world by storm.
The 2022 Women Who Empower Innovator Awards went to 22 inventors and entrepreneurs, who received a total of $220,000 in funds between them. More than 135 contestants vied for the second annual awards this year and were evaluated based on innovation, leadership, and more.
During her travels through Africa, Binja Basimike, BHS’12, MPH’14, realized that she could address issues of malnutrition, poverty, and gender equity by investing in women who create and sell food. With the help of a $5,000 Women Who Empower Innovator Award, she launched Kivu Venture Capital.