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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.

NU Blockchain Club

NEU Blockchain is a student-led organization whose mission is to foster an open community of thought leaders, developers, and researchers to support the development of blockchain and digital currency technologies.

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 (


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


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


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


Group of engineering-enabled student startups who are looking for general support & community from our Sherman Center resources


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!.

WISE's WeLaunch Accelerator

WeLaunch is Northeastern University's only venture catalyst and accelerator for female and non-binary entrepreneurs who have built a product or service in their respective spaces, proven their venture idea, and need help launching it into the world.

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.


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


Evolve is a student-led venture accelerator enabling early-stage healthcare and life sciences ventures in Northeastern University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

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

FinTech Concentration

Business Modeling for Entrepreneurs | ENTR 3305

Business Planning for Technology Ventures | ENTR 4501

Global Social Enterprise | ENTR 2206

Global Social Entrepreneurship | ENTR 4506

Innovation | ENTR 2301



University-focused venture fund investing up to $2M 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.

Rough Draft Ventures

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 Network

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

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