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Northeastern start-ups leave the nest

By Michael B. Farrell
Globe Staff / July 16, 2012
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One i’s a gluten-free snack food company. Another is a pest-control firm. They are two of the six members of Northeastern University’s first graduating class of start-ups. Launched in a basement classroom, nurtured with the help of fellow classmates, professors, and alumni mentors, these fledgling firms matriculated through Idea, Northeastern’s accelerator program, which is distinguished by its management team: The incubator, which currently hosts about 80 start-ups, is run by students. This month, Idea launches its first crop of start-ups.

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