Join us for a 30-minute discussion with the innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists who help shape our graduate programs. You'll hear some great D'Amore-McKim graduate student and alumni stories about their entrepreneurial efforts as part of the D'Amore-McKim Graduate Programs' inaugural Innovation Spotlight Series.

Participants in this event will…

  • Meet Sam Bacon, an MBA candidate, hoping to start a cannabis venture after graduation
  • Get to know Ulysses Youngblood, an MBA graduate, who will moderate the event
  • Learn the steps Sam and Ulysses took to make their entrepreneurial ideas realities
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions about their entrepreneurial journeys
  • Discover how D'Amore-McKim helps prepare students for entrepreneurial endeavors

It's often said that companies that invest in innovation during turbulent times come out ahead on the other side. At D'Amore-McKim, we agree! There's no better time to invest in yourself. Explore our graduate business programs at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business and prepare yourself to thrive in the digital economy.


Sam Bacon received a BS in chemical engineering with a minor in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder. For three years, he worked as a Systems Engineer for the Terumo BCT, a medical device manufacturing firm. As a member of the ideation department, Sam designed, formulated, scaled, and manufactured an innovative blood device product for commercialization. Sam left Terumo BCT in October of 2018 and travelled in Africa and South America for 9 months before joining D'Amore-McKim's Full-Time MBA program in September 2019. He expects to complete his MBA in April 2021 with a focus in entrepreneurship and finance. Last March, Sam and a longtime high-school friend started the wholesale cannabis cultivation and product manufacturing company, Sugar Grove.


Ulysses Youngblood is the President of Major Bloom, an impact-driven cannabis company in the EE program. The company has licenses for manufacturing, retail, and a delivery certificate in Worcester, MA, as a vertically integrated operation. Ulysses is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Cannabis Regulation at Clark University in Worcester. He received a bachelor's degree in business from Sacred Heart University and later earned an MBA from Northeastern University while gaining experience in corporate leadership roles.

D'Amore-McKim presents this Innovation Spotlight Series to present innovators and entrepreneurs in various fields to discuss the challenges they faced and how their MBA helped prepare them to meet those challenges. Northeastern University does not promote any particular industry or business activity that may violate federal or state law.