Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Entrepreneurship Group offers three different tracks: starting and growing larger scale venture capital backed ventures, starting and growing owner-managed and family businesses primarily in the retail and services industries, and social enterprise, where teams of our students do enterprise development and micro-financing in South Africa and Latin America. The Princeton Review has recently ranked our program one of the top undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the United States.

Practice Orientation

We have many exciting corporate residencies in small companies in the Boston area, including: retail, commercial real estate development, financial services, healthcare innovators and high growth technology ventures in software, biotechnology, and energy. Our faculty are the leaders of the Northeastern University Center for Entrepreneurship Education, the Social Enterprise Institute, and the Northeastern Center for Family Business. Our faculty are the advisors to IDEA (Northeastern’s student-led venture accelerator), and the Entrepreneurs Club.

Research Focus

Our faculty are accomplished researchers: Daniel McCarthy is a "top three" scholar worldwide in his studies of entrepreneurship in Eastern and Central Europe; Marc Meyer has been named one of the world’s top innovation management scholars; Tucker Marion is recognized for his research on lean innovation methods; Kimberly Eddleston has multiple research professorships and fellowships, has received many awards and honors, and is a top scholar in family business; Justin Craig is also one of the top scholars in family business research, has won three awards for his papers, and is an Associate Editor of the Family Business Review; Ralph Katz and Marc Meyer have both won the coveted "Holland Award" from the Industrial Research Institute (Katz for his work on managing R&D teams and Meyer for his work on product platforms and corporate innovation); Fredrick Crane with numerous textbooks and publications is an authority in the marketing of new products and services and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Academy of Business Education. Gordon Adomdza and Cheryl Mitteness are performing path-breaking research in innovation and venture finance. Tucker Marion is co-director of the Institute for Global innovation Management.

Teaching and Program Excellence

We have a rich set of undergraduate and graduate courses.  Our faculty have either started companies, been investors in startups, or have operating experience in high growth ventures. Others are consultants to leading technology companies in different industries. This makes our courses "real world." In the Social Enterprise Institute, under Dennis Shaughnessy's leadership, teams of undergraduate students are now working on assignments to establish micro-lending operations in Africa and Latin America. Students describe these as extraordinarily exciting and intensive experiences. Courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level prepare students for the assignments.

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