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Northeastern U is sending its students to Silicon Valley to learn entrepreneurship first-hand

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 6th, 2017

Northeastern University has launched a new program that sends students to Silicon Valley to learn about entrepreneurship, both in classes and through hands-on experience at local start-ups.

The Semester in Silicon Valley program is open to all full-time undergraduate students and offers either a concentration or minor in entrepreneurship. Students take courses taught by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs while working at start-ups, launching their own businesses, and networking with alumni and other professionals in the region.

“Students will live and breathe entrepreneurship throughout their time there,” says P.K. Agarwal, regional dean and CEO of Northeastern’s Silicon Valley campus. “We want this to be a life-changing experience for our students. We’re taking the core of our experiential model and weaving it into every aspect of the program.”

According to Marc Meyer, co-director of Northeastern’s Center for Entrepreneurship Education and an executive of the Silicon Valley program, “If students want to be involved in ventures and entrepreneurship, they should do a tour of duty in California. It’s a hotbed for innovation, and it’s got its own rhythm.

“It’s extremely important for someone who wishes to become an entrepreneur to have an intense, immersive experience like this, because that’s what starting a company is going to be like,” says Meyer. “You don’t dabble in it. You enter and engage in it fully.”

Alexy Santos, a student in the program, is doing a marketing internship this semester at Groove Labs in San Francisco while working with two other students on a classroom project to launch a fashion start-up.

“The most attractive part for me was being able to see what it takes to start and run a business,” says Santos. “There are so many start-ups here and so many people who are very ambitious. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve already been asked, ‘What are you working on?’”

Source: News@Northeastern

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