Over 115 countries have participated in Global Entrepreneurship Week since its launch in 2008. Here in the Hub, Northeastern University hasn’t wanted to miss out on the startup-spirited fun, and will be celebrating innovation from Tuesday to Friday, November 13th to 16th, with panels, workshops and a B.I.G. Venture Fair.
Hosted by Northeastern’s Center for Research Innovation and the University’s Career Services, the Venture Fair is welcoming in local startups and small businesses to network with students and create connections for post-graduation jobs, internships or co-op opportunities. Students will be able to learn more about entrepreneurship from the founders themselves and receive advice on how to go about picking the right career.
The Venture Fair is taking place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Curry Student Center, and will help kick the week off. Other events to check out are:
Careers in Tech Startups — Wednesday, November 14th, 12-1:15 p.m. — Northeastern alumni and seasoned tech entrepreneurs will talk about their personal journeys either starting a business or joining at the early stage of a new venture. Panelists include Greg Skloot, COO of influencers@; Jamie Beard, director of operations at FastCAP Systems; Paul Hefner, senior validation engineer at Amgen; Sean Naegeli, co-founder of Apifia; and Northeastern Professor Marc Meyer, director of the High Tech MBA Programs.
Pitching Your Research for Grants, Investment and Press — Wednesday, November 14th, 12-2 p.m. — VentureCrowd CEO Bret Siarkowski will be teaching the crowd how to tell their story in a way that it attracts resources and attention.
What’s the Big IDEA? — Thursday, November 15th, 4-7 p.m. — For anyone who’s ever had questions for Northeastern’s student-run venture accelerator IDEA, now is the time to get them answered. Interested students or alumni can learn more about who’s eligible, find out how the accelerator can help their idea grow and hear who won October’s round of Gap Funding.
International Entrepreneurship Center Workshop — Friday, November 16th, 2-4 p.m. — Managing Director of the International Entrepreneurship Center Bob Caspe will be instructing participants on the “search selling” method, which focuses on uncovering customer pain points, identifying business opportunities and proposing transactions for market validation. Caspe will also share, likely candid, opinions on “why angel and venture capital is often detrimental to business success.”
Now, entrepreneurship isn’t new to Northeastern. Outside of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a long list of students and alumni have created companies changing the name of how we see business. Below are a mix of seven big name brands and up-and-coming startups that have sprung from the school over the years. For a look at even more Northeastern-born companies, check out IDEA’s portfolio.