Northeastern is driven by experience-powered learning. And what better way to learn about business than to launch and grow a venture? Throughout our ecosystem, Northeastern supports those interested in entrepreneurship and innovation by providing the infrastructure and resources to boost your development and accelerate your venture's growth.

Northeastern was one of the first universities to create a formal entrepreneurship program, dating back to 1958. We continue to lead today. Last year, we received the 2022 Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship Award from the Deshpande Symposium. In 2020, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers recognized us with their Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation Award, and in 2021, we received the Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines Award.

Hear from entrepreneurs from our graduate business programs and the staff members who support their learning, growth, and success.

Meet your host:

Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions. She provides strategic leadership and direction for the marketing, recruitment, and admissions activities for the Full-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA, specialty masters, and graduate certificate programs. Mary fulfills her passion for serving entrepreneurs as a co-chair of the McCarthy(s) Venture Mentoring Network at Northeastern, a Spark Fund advisor with Northeastern's Center for Research Innovation, a professional advisor at the MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, and a MassChallenge HealthTech judge.

Following over three decades in the private sector, Mary joined Northeastern University in 2020. She continues to serve as managing director at Angel Healthcare Investors and was a founding member of the Angel Capital Association. Previously, Mary was the COO of an early-stage digital health company and a marketing VP with Fidelity Investments. Early in her career, she worked in software development at John Hancock, NYNEX, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Bankers Trust Company.

Mary earned an EdD in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Bowdoin College.