April 10th, 2017

Trustee’s Gift Ignites BU Spark!

Connects student ideas with expertise, funding

BU students have a new way to get their great ideas off their hard drives and into the world.

Created with a $1 million gift from the Mullen Family Foundation and based at the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, BU Spark! is a new incubator for technology-driven student entrepreneurship. The initiative will offer programs and resources to help students pursue next-stage development of projects.

“It’s really about supporting students to take their ideas to the next level, and that can be a commercial venture or developing some tool that could benefit society,” says Spark! director Ziba Cranmer. “A lot of students have said to me already, ‘We’ve got this thing, what do we do with it? What now?’ I can really help them leverage expertise across colleges and centers at the University to bring the skills and the tools they will need.”

BU Spark! will support ventures driven by computer science, engineering, and related disciplines. Help and advice is available from several sources, including Hariri Institute programming experts, the Questrom School of Business BUzz Lab, and graphic designers from the College of Fine Arts, Cranmer says, as well as alumni with expertise to share or money to invest.

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