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Student Groups

NU Society of Women Engineers - building a supportive community of female engineers at NU

NU Marketing Association - meet co-op employers, help startups, and network with other ambitious students passionate about marketing

NU Women in Tech - special interest group that supports women who study or are interested in Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University

NU Virtual Reality - NU's premier VR/AR community

NU Women in Business - providing business-minded women with the background and network to support them in their careers

Mosaic Organizations - full and updated list of Mosaic Organizations - student-run and offer disciplines and skills that benefit the university's entrepreneurship community. Scout, IDEA, and Generate, and more, listed below, are some Mosaic Organizations. If you plan to start a Mosaic Organization, you can apply for a Seed Grant here.

Scout - Student-led design studio providing does branding, web and graphic design, and development for startups

Generate - Student-led product development studio - focuses on mechanical, electrical, firmware and manufacturing hardware production for startups

Origin - Northeastern's premiere student-led organization for scientific & technological project incubation.Provides funding, mentorship, and ongoing support

WISE - the Women's Interdisciplinary Society of Entrepreneurship is a new student organization at Northeastern focused on building a community for women interested in exploring entrepreneurship and developing an innovative mindset through interactive workshops, a thought incubator teaching problem-solving skills, and mentorship pairings.

The Entrepreneurs Club - One of Northeastern's largest student organizations, educating, inspiring and empowering Northeastern students to become the entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders of tomorrow.

Accelerators and Incubators

WISE's WeBuild Thought Incubator - WISE's WeBuild thought incubator is a community based series of weekly innovation and design thinking classes dedicated towards encouraging a small cohort of around 12 women of interdisciplinary backgrounds to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Women will work on a project throughout the semester, whether it be a business, non-profit, social enterprise, blog, etc. Learn more about WeBuild by following @northeasternwise on Instagram or Facebook!

Scout Labs - Design thinking team solving problems in the Boston community - research civic issues using human-centered design principles. Scout Labs works in partnership with the City of Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

IDEA - provides entrepreneurs and the Northeastern community with the support, in-kind resources and educational experience of developing a business from core concept to launch.

Hackathons and Competitions

The Husky Startup Challenge - 5-week bootcamp that helps students establish a strong business model and go-to-market strategy for an idea - culminates with a demo day where participants pitch to venture investors and entrepreneurs

University Resources

Services Providers - Partnerships with 20+ services providing ventures with legal, marketing, sales, and tech assistance

IP Co-Lab - Provides help with patent filing and legal corporations for NU startups

Venture Mentor Network (VMN) - Pairs startups with relevant mentors

NU Sherman Center for Entrepreneurship - Entrepreneurship center that offers a Co-op program - The Sherman Center Co-Op provides entrepreneurial engineers the opportunity to focus solely on their own ventures for a six month co-op period, and are financially supported via alumni philanthropy during this time.

DMSB Entrepreneurship Department - offers undergraduate concentrations and minors related to entrepreneurship and innovation

Semester in San Francisco - Enables students to spend the semester learning in the Bay Area - completes the entrepreneurship minor requirements

Notable Courses

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Concentration

Business Modeling for Entrepreneurs | ENTR 3305

Business Planning for Technology Ventures | ENTR 4501

Global Social Enterprise | ENTR 2206

Innovation | ENTR 2301


Contrary - University-focused venture fund investing up to $500K in emerging startups launching from the university scene around the US

Dorm Room Fund - First Round Capital's pre-seed investing branch - providing up to $20k to student startups

RDV - General Catalyst's pre-seed investing branch - student team building a large network of student founders

Northeastern Prototype Fund - $1,000 grant to assist prototype development

Northeastern Gap Fund - $10,000 grant - available every other month to startups in the IDEA program

Northeastern Alpha Fund - $10,000 grant for early-stage deep tech ventures

Huntington Angels - Supports the Northeastern venture community by connecting startups with a global angel investor network and venture firms

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