Boston itself is buzzing with young entrepreneurs, and startups ... so where does BU fit in to all of this?
BU is becoming increasingly more entrepreneurial as the days go on, and there are tons of resources, people, events and programs to support this incoming wave of entrepreneurs. Here's a breakdown of what that looks like:
The BUzz Lab - BU offers a co-working space for budding student-run startups and entrepreneurs. The Buzz Lab is BU’s center for entrepreneurship, located at 143 Bay State Road, 4th floor. It houses all Entrepreneurship programs, faculty, student clubs, and BU students and alumni startups. They offer resources including mentorship, co-working and rapid prototyping space, and community events that engage alumni and accelerate learning. Along with this, as of last year, the BUzz Lab, in cooperation with Questrom's Dean Freeman, hosts speaker series with entrepreneurs from all over the world. Last year's speaker series was with Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, and this year's first speaker series is with Phil Libin, former CEO of Evernote and Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners.
BUVA - BUVA, otherwise known as the Boston University Venture Accelerator, provides mentorship to student startups within the BU community. BUVA focuses primarily on helping teams develop a feasible, validated business strategy.
- Ian Mashiter, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Angel Investor. Ian has served as a board member, CEO, and co-founder of various telecommunication companies including Quarry Technologies, Ennovate Networks, Dymec, and Kinetic.
- Erik Molander, Now retired, Erik was an Executive-In-Residence in the Strategy & Innovation Department of Boston University and Managing Director of Mentor Capital Partners. He has been vital in previous years to entrepreneurship at BU.
- Peter Marton, Director of Entrepreneurship Partnerships, Executive in Residence, Lecturere in Strategy and Entrepreneurship
- Joe LiPuma, Head of Entrepreneurship Curriculum, and Senior Lecturer. His research in international entrepreneurship has been published in leading Entrepreneurship journals, and he has co-authored Unlocking the Ivory Tower: How Management Research Can Transform Your Business.
- Greg Stoller, Executive-In-Residence and Lecturer. Greg actively mentors student teams which participate in business plan and venture capital competitions.
- Rosemarie Ziedonis, Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation & Academic Director of Entrepreneurship.
- Siobhan O'Mahony, Associate Professor & Chair of the Strategy and Innovation Department. Her research explores how technical and creative projects organize for innovation.
- Justin Lau, President of BU Entrepreneurship Club (Undergrad) (2016)
- Oliver Chu, President of BU Entrepreneurship Club (Graduate) (2016)
- Wen Bertelli, President of BU Venture Accelerator (2016)
- BU Startup Fair, The BU Startup Fair is a chance for students and startups to communicate one-on-one in a fun environment. They hope not only to match job-seekers with jobs, but also to create lasting relationships between BU students and Boston startups. It is open to all students in the Boston-area, however. This year's fair is on February 24th, from 5-8PM.
- The BU Entrepreneurship Club has held panels and networking events with Boston-based entrepreneurs such as BostonTweet's Tom O'Keefe, Ministry of Supply's Aman Advani, CoachUp's Arian Radmand and a slew of other people in the Boston startup scene
- The Startup Challenge: A seven-week workshop series designed to immerse undergrads in the process of starting a business. Students take an idea from ideation to pitch, all culminating in a pitch to three judges for a chance to win a cash prize. They learn things from value props to revenue generation to product design
- The E-Club hosts treks to off-campus events, such as the Greenhorn Summit and meetups at Venture Cafe
- Pitch and Pizza Competition, Students hoping to gain traction for their startups, practice their pitches or win small amounts of cash can pitch their ideas to a group of professors/angel investors; the winner typically advances on to another pitch competition such as the Beantown Throwndown or New Venture Competition.
Programs & Classes
- BU E-Club, The BU E-Club is all about helping young student entrepreneurs through their business development progress. Within our different events and projects, we provide the connections, resources, and skills necessary to become a well-rounded and multi-functional entrepreneur.
- Global App Initiative, GAI's ambition is to use the skills we learn to help our community. They partner with nonprofit organization to bridge the gap between technology and community service. Their partners' causes cover an array of social and economic problems including education, health care, and homelessness.
- BostonHacks, Boston University's top hackathon. For 24 hours on October 31st to November 1st, 500 students came to Boston University to form teams around a problem or idea, and collaboratively coded a unique solution from scratch. They imagined and created the most impressive hacks during the weekend!
- SMG SI 422: Strategy, Innovation and Global Competition Provides students with a powerful set of tools which will prepare them to analyze, formulate, and implement business firm strategy with the aim of attaining sustainable competitive advantage.
- SMG SI 451: Organizing for Design and Innovation This course examines how managers and leaders can create the conditions for innovation at the individual, team and organizational levels and how those conditions differ for startup and mature organizations.
- SMG SI 464: Intellectual Property Strategies This course looks at how companies can best use intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets) to protect their proprietary ideas and investments in knowledge assets, shape competition, and realize value from innovation.