Entrepreneurship Immersion Program

Through lectures by real-world entrepreneurs, experiential learning projects with startups, and visits to companies across the Maine entrepreneurial ecosystem, students in the Roux Entrepreneurship Immersion Program learn what it takes to build and scale a successful company. 

Spend time in Portland, Maine while taking a course through Northeastern University and gaining hands-on, professional experience with high-growth technology startup companies. Join like-minded students from across the country to explore the expansive entrepreneurial ecosystem of Northern New England.

  • Earn a Badge 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, each student will have created and pitched their own business plan and have relevant professional experience working on a project for a technology startup company. You will be armed with the practical skillsexpertise and confidence to excel in your next professional pursuit, whether that be with your own venture, at a startup, or at a larger organization. 

Learn more about Entrepreneurship at the Roux Institute.

Important Dates

Applications Open Applications Close Acceptance Notification Program Start Date Program End Date 
January  Term  October 4, 2021 November 23, 2021 Rolling January 2, 2022 January 14, 2022
Summer 1 Term  TBD TBD Rolling TBD TBD
Summer 2 Term TBD TBD Rolling TBD TBD

 

Summer 2021 Entrepreneurship Immersion Cohort

Program Overview

Course

The hands-on, interactive course will take students through the venture creation process from ideation to launch-readiness. Classroom learning will cover topics across the entrepreneurial landscape, from market research to business models to pitching your venture, as students apply them while working with technology startup companies.

Throughout the program, students will also have the opportunity to explore, develop, and pitch their own business ideas.

The course is designed to integrate experiential learning offerings with on-the-ground, classroom learning experiences at the Roux Institute campus. It will be offered in-person at the Roux Institute through 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.

Learn more about our current residency startup companies.

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.

Nicholas Fagone

Roux Immersion '21

Who Should Apply?

You Are:

  • A current undergraduate student who has completed at least one year of college by January 2022
  • A recent graduate who has completed a degree in the past two years
  • A student with a strong academic standing

You Have:

  • An interest in pursuing a career in technology, venture creation, or with startups
  • An interest in Maine and what the Maine entrepreneurial ecosystem has to offer

Class Session with guest presentation from JT White, CEO and co-founder of Forerunner

Program Cost

Total program costs vary for each program but include course delivery, fees, and room and board 

January Term $2,500
Summer 1 Term $7,500
Summer 2 Term $7,500

 

Course Delivery

  • Standard curriculum based on Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim standards

Room and Board

  • Housing will be provided within walking distance of the Roux Institute campus in Portland, Maine
  • Board charge is based upon 19 meals per week

Fees

  • Include co-curricular activities and program operating costs

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.

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.

Thy Nguyen

Roux Summer Immersion '21

Application 

Applications for the 2022 January Term cohort open October 4, 2021.

Contact Us

For more information about the program, contact [email protected].

Visit to the KinoTek office, one of the Roux Institute's resident startup companies

FAQs  

What are your COVID-19 protocols? Are vaccines required?

All users of the Roux Institute space are now required to be vaccinated. Students will also be required to get tested once a week while enrolled in the Immersion program. We have a seamless COVID-19 testing site on campus where students will be able to test. Additionally, you will be required to sign into the Northeastern Wellness Portal before coming to campus to ensure that you have cleared the health check. Face masks are required in communal spaces. This is to ensure the safety and health of all those in the Roux community.  

Do I receive Northeastern course credit for attending?

Upon completion of the Roux Entrepreneurship Immersion Program, participants will earn a Level Three Badge from Northeastern. This Badge enables students to showcase skills and competencies they have gained through a range of learning experiences offered by Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business. These Badges do not transfer to any degree programs at Northeastern. If participants wish to obtain course credit, they must check with their undergraduate institution.  

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

January Term  

Students in the January Term Immersion will be expected to participate in intensive programming from 9:00AM to 5:00PM on weekdays from January 3rd to January 14th. They will be able to explore all that Portland, Maine has to offer on evenings and on weekends.  

Summer 1 & 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.  

 

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

There is no minimum GPA requirement, we will be holistically reviewing applications 

Do you offer financial aid?

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. 

 

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?

Students do not need to be enrolled in Northeastern to participate in the Entrepreneurship 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 with teams and founders of Portland-based startup companies to complete a relevant project. Students will also be given the opportunity to ideate on their own ventureThe program will culminate in presentations on project findings to the startup CEOs. Students will also present  

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