Immersion Program

Learn what it takes to build and scale a successful company.

• Are you an undergraduate student, recent graduate, or current graduate student?
• Interested in pursuing a career in technology, venture creation, and startups?
• Want to be involved in the Maine entrepreneurial ecosystem?

The Summer Immersion Program provided me not only the essential entrepreneurial knowledge from experienced instructors and guest speakers, but also the valuable hands-on experience by working with amazing companies and startups. I can’t wait to utilize what I learnt from the program in my future entrepreneurial journey.


Entrepreneurship Immersion Program Graduate '21

Program Details

Through lectures from real-world entrepreneurs and experiential learning projects with high-growth technology startups, students in the Roux Entrepreneurship Immersion Program earn a badge or academic credit through Northeastern University, and gain hands-on, professional experience. Join like-minded students from across the country to explore the expansive entrepreneurial ecosystem of Northern New England.

  • Earn a Badge of Academic Credit through Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business to hone your entrepreneurial-thinking skills
  • Drive innovation while working on group projects with Portland-based technology startup companies
  • Explore all that Portland, Maine has to offer on weekends and through co-curricular activities
  • Expand your network and add significant experience to your résumé

By the end of the program, you will have relevant professional experience working on a project for a technology startup company. 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

Badges and Academic Credit

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, as students apply them while working alongside technology startup companies.

The program is designed to integrate experiential learning offerings with classroom learning experiences. It will be offered virtually and 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 real-world industry needs in Portland, the state of Maine, and the Northeast—and valued workplace skills like communication and teamwork—through projects at technology startup companies. 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 Immersion Program will offer you not only rich academic coursework, but also the opportunity to work with startup companies to grow your professional network, improve your skills, and apply classroom learnings in a practical setting.

Important Dates

2022 January Term:

Registration Opens:

October 4, 2021

Registration Closes:

December 17, 2021

Program Start Date:

January 3, 2022

Program End Date:

January 14, 2022

2022 Summer 1:

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2022 Summer 2:

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Program Costs

Total program costs vary for each program but include classroom delivery and fees


  • Standard curriculum based on Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business


  • Includes program operating costs

January term


Summer 1 Term


Summer 2 Term


Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

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

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

The Roux Institute's Entrepreneurship 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 powerful new perspectives in business and life in general.


Entrepreneurship Immersion Program Graduate '21


What is the schedule for the program? How many hours per week?

Summer 1 and 2 Terms

Students in each of the Summer Immersion sessions will be expected to participate in 20 hours of programming each week for the four-week duration of the program. They will be able to explore all that Portland, Maine has to offer in the evenings and on weekends.

Do you offer financial aid?

Financial assistance and scholarship opportunities will be available to students registered for the program. We want to ensure that all interested students can afford to attend our program.

Do I need to have a business idea to apply for the Immersion Program?

No, you do not need to have a business idea or any prior experience with startups before attending the program.

Are non-Northeastern students eligible to apply?

Absolutely! Students do not need to be enrolled in Northeastern to participate in the Immersion Program. In fact, students or recent graduates of any institution are encouraged to apply for the program.

What does the capstone project look like?

Throughout the duration of the program, students will engage founders of Portland-based startup companies to complete a relevant project. The program will culminate in presentations on project findings to the startup CEOs.

Contact us

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