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ENTREP 474: NUvention: Energy

Quarter Offered

Fall: Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m. CT, Evanston
Winter: Offered, times tbd; Evanston


None, however prior Farley coursework or practical experience in a relevant field is encouraged. An application is required.


NUvention: Energy responds to the demand for energy innovation by bringing together interdisciplinary student teams from across Northwestern schools to develop ventures in sustainable energy and clean technology space. A partnership with Northwestern’s Paula M. Trienens 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
Ian Wiese
Anne Marie Johlie





Course Details

Requirements that this course satisfies: Serves as the experiential requirement for the Farley undergraduate minor and fulfills the experiential requirement for the Farley graduate minor in entrepreneurship. 

Duration: 3-hour course sessions, once per week (3-hour courses include regular breaks and are broken into lecture, discussion, and groupwork portions); 1 quarter 

Class size: 30-40 students 

Course Number: ENTREP 474, ISEN 420 

Who Should Enroll: Graduate students and advanced undergraduates interested in expanding their knowledge of the intersection of energy and entrepreneurship. 

Application: Applications are required for this course. 


Applications for the fall 2024 section of this course are open. The priority deadline for this application is September 19th, 11:59 PM CT. Any questions can be sent to



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.

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.

Noel Kullavanijaya

Kullavanijaya brings more than 30 years of experience in energy and sustainability, most recently as principal and president at Equilibrium, a sustainability-focused investment firm. He serves as a member of the McCormick School of Engineering Advisory Council and has a BS and MS from Northwestern.

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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