Entrepreneurship Treks

Learn about bold and exciting tech-based solutions that are being piloted in Maine and gain an understanding of what it takes to build and scale your own startup.

• Are you an undergraduate student, recent graduate, or current graduate student?
• Interested in pursuing a career in technology, venture creation, and startups?
• Want to learn about Maine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem?

Join us for an Entrepreneurship Trek!

Our Entrepreneurship Treks are two-week, high-intensity programs that combine classroom learning with field study excursions to local startup companies in a variety of tech sectors. Taking part in a trek will allow you to join like-minded peers from across the country in exploring the expansive entrepreneurial ecosystem of Maine and Northern New England.

Program Details

BlueTech Entrepreneurship Trek 

June 12th – 24th 2022 

The BlueTech Entrepreneurship Trek is designed to immerse participants in BlueTech innovation for two weeks. BlueTech is the advanced technology sector of the Blue Economy, which includes a broad spectrum of industries and innovative technologies focused on promoting sustainable ocean activities. 

The BlueTech Entrepreneurship Trek combines classroom learning with field study excursions to New England’s BlueTech innovation hubs and startups. Students will examine bold and disruptive solutions that are being piloted in Maine and New England, while also learning about startup methodologies and tools. 

Hosted at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine – a full-service marine field station – students will:   

  • Participate in a hands-on New Venture Creation course 
  • Meet with blue economy experts from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • Work on a project of their own 
  • Earn a Badge from Northeastern University  

Students will stay on-site in dorms at UMaine’s waterfront Darling Marine Center campus and have access to three meals per day in the dining hall. Students will also have use of the library and classroom space to work on collaborative projects. 

*Note: This program residential, and the expectation is that all participants will stay at the Darling Marine Center. The program will run from 10am-5pm each day, with some events scheduled for the evenings and weekends.

  • Earn a Badge through Northeastern to hone your entrepreneurial-thinking skills
  • Drive innovation while working on group projects with Maine-based startup companies
  • Explore Maine through co-curricular activities
  • Expand your network and add significant experience to your résumé

By the end of the program, you will be armed with the practical skills, expertise, and confidence to excel in your next professional pursuit—whether that be with your own venture, joining a startup or larger organization.

Past guest speakers have included:

  • Ali Goldstein Norup

    Co-founder of kpiReady and current Head of VC and Startup Ecosystem, North Americas at Google Cloud

  • Ben Chesler

    Co-founder of Imperfect Foods and current Associate Director of Entrepreneurship at the Roux Institute

  • Jesse Bardo

    Co-founder of EverTrue and current Director at Silicon Valley Bank

  • Nicole Bradick

    Founder and CEO of Theory & Principle

  • Santi Zindel

    Program Manager of the Roux Institute Techstars Accelerator

  • Chinedu Echruo

    Founder of Hopstop

Earn a Badge

The hands-on, interactive classroom experience will take students through the venture creation process from ideation to launch-readiness. Learning will cover topics across the entrepreneurial landscape, from market research to business models to pitching your venture.

The program is designed to integrate experiential learning offerings with classroom learning experiences. It will be offered in-person through the Roux Institute and Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business School.

Experiential Learning

Learning integrated with professional experience is a hallmark of Northeastern and the Roux Institute. Students gain a clear understanding of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Maine and the Northeast—and valued workplace skills like communication and teamwork. All opportunities enable students to build their resumés, expand their professional networks, and chart a path to in-demand careers.

At the Roux Institute, we believe in integrating classroom learning with experience, and the Entrepreneurship Trek will offer you not only rich academic coursework, but also the opportunity to get to know Maine’s startup companies to grow your professional network, improve your skills, and apply classroom learnings in a practical setting.

Application Deadlines: 

BlueTech Entrepreneurship Trek

Registration Closes:

May 25

Program Start Date:

June 12

Program End Date:

June 24

Program Costs

BlueTech Entrepreneurship Trek

$3,500 *includes housing & meals

Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

Financial assistance and scholarship opportunities will be available to students accepted to the program. Our aim is to ensure that all interested students can afford to attend our program.

Please complete the program application and we will contact you with more details on financial assistance.

The Roux Institute's Entrepreneurship Trek Program proved to be more rewarding than I could have imagined. In addition to the hands-on experience of solving real, challenging problems with a tech startup, the program helped me to build friendships with future leaders, to learn from and network with successful entrepreneurs, and to gain an understanding of Maine's startup ecosystem.


Entrepreneurship Trek Program Graduate '21


What is the BlueTech Entrepreneurship Trek schedule?

The BlueTech Entrepreneurship Trek begins on Sunday, June 12th and concludes on Sunday, June 26th. This program is a residential program held at the beautiful UMaine Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine – right on the water! Classes will be held daily from 1pm-3pm.

In addition to daily class meetings, participants will take part in two day-long excursions – one on Friday, June 17th and the other on Thursday, June 23rd to meet with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and SeaAhead Bluetech Innovation. 

Participants will be invited to use the Darling Marine Center work spaces to work on their own startup projects as part of this program. 

Do you offer financial aid?

Scholarship opportunities will be available to students registered for the program. Our aim is to ensure that all interested students can afford to attend our program.

Who is eligible to apply?

This program is open to current college students and recent graduates. Students do not need to be enrolled in Northeastern to participate in an Entrepreneurship Trek!

Contact us

Ready to get started? Apply now and secure your seat in one of our upcoming Entrepreneurship Treks.

Not yet ready to apply? Complete this form to learn more and receive program updates.