Ashkan Afkhami, DMSB’09, MS’10, was recently featured by the Northeastern University Office of Alumni Relations, highlighting his entrepreneurial success and great impact on the school. Afkhami founded IDEA, Northeastern’s student-run venture accelerator in 2009, further shaping the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
As an undergraduate student, Afkhami was awarded the Amin J. and Julie E. Khoury Endowed Scholarship for technological entrepreneurship. At that time, Northeastern did not have an incubator, although several schools nearby did. Afkhami was frustrated by this, and found the lapse in the entrepreneurial system only to be more true when several of his first tech start-ups failed to hit the ground running.
He founded IDEA under the principle of the scholarship, to make the most of given opportunity and giving back to the community.
Diving into the Northeastern network, Afkhami was introduced to Bill Siebel, a member of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business Board of Visitors. Siebel’s mentorship helped Afkhami grow professionally and eventually lead to his current role as general manager and founding member of Mobiquity, a digital engagement provider.
Afkhami is currently a mentor for Health Sciences Entrepreneurs, and his company, Mobiquity, has hired between 15-20 co-ops.
“IDEA, Mosaic, Scout, there are so many vehicles that exist to allow students to find what they need while at school,” said Afkhami. “After you graduate, the network only continues to grow, and is available at your fingertips in any city around the world.”