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ENTREP 474: NUvention: Energy

Quarter Offered



There are no prerequisites, but prior Farley coursework or practical experience in a relevant field is encouraged. An application is required.


NUvention: Energy (ENTREP 474, ISEN 420) responds to the demand for energy innovation by bringing together interdisciplinary student teams from across Northwestern schools to develop ventures in the sustainable energy and clean technology space. A partnership with Northwestern’s Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN), this timely course equips students to address through innovation the major environmental challenges that define our era, including climate change and resource constraint. In the process of creating new ventures, students work to align their efforts at making a positive environmental impact by addressing  market needs.

Learn more about the course.


Mark Werwath


Course Details

Requirements that this course satisfies: Serves as the experiential course for the Farley undergraduate and graduate minors in entrepreneurship

Duration: 3 hours, once per week

Class size: 30-40 students

Who Should Enroll

Open to all Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students interested in venture creation in the sustainable energy and clean technology space.


NUvention advisers are industry experts who bring real world experience into the classroom on a regular basis. They collaborate with the faculty and mentor students, providing feedback as the students innovate. Students often cite their advisers as playing a crucial role in their student journey.

Anne Marie Johlie

Johlie is the head of Internet of Things at Parker Hannifen, which develops motion and controls technologies. A lifelong engineer, she led engineers in the development of public safety telecommunications systems at Motorola and Motorola Solutions for more than 20 years. 


Tim Stojka

Stojka, who has his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, has cofounded three disruptive technology businesses, including Agentis Energy, which provides cloud-based software and data analytics solutions to the energy industry.


Brian Tolliver

Tolliver, an adjunct professor within Northwestern’s Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability program, brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in strategy, corporate and business development, finance, and investment banking across a range of businesses including Cabot Microelectronics, Schneider Electric,, Microsoft, and Deutsche Bank.

Network of Experts

The Farley Center connects students with a robust network of innovation and entrepreneurship experts. These experts serve as guest judges, attend pitch events, and give talks and seminars.

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