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ENTREP 473: NUvention: Media

Quarter Offered

Winter: Offered, time tbd, Evanston


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


NUvention: Media (ENTREP 473, JOUR 390, JOUR 435) brings together students from across Northwestern schools who are interested in the future of media and want to learn a process for creating new ventures in the media industry, broadly considered. In this class, the instructors will assign student teams a problem space to engage with over the course of the quarter, which will anchor team projects. Along the way, students will learn a process of innovation and venture development that can be applied in multiple contexts, and will have the opportunity to engage with industry veterans who may provide feedback on their projects. The quarter will culminate in a final pitch event.


Hayes Ferguson
Jeremy Gilbert
Tran Ha





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: 35-40 students

Apply Now

Applications for the Fall 2022 section of this course have been closed. Questions can be directed to


Who Should Enroll

Open to all Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students interested in venture creation in the media industry.


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.

 AmyJo Brownamyjo-brown.png

Brown is an independent editor who helps local news organizations tell stories that carry weight, focusing not just on the external work – the stories that publish – but also on how our industry does it work. A veteran journalist with a background in local government and investigative reporting, she has  consulted with news leaders on editorial strategies, built data tools, worked with young journalists, and led collaborative journalism projects. She is a Knight Fellow at Northwestern and has a BS from Bowling Green State University.

trei-brundett.pngTrei Brundrett

Brundrett is a cofounder and former COO of Vox Media, where he now serves as a senior advisor. He led the team responsible for developing Chorus, Vox Media’s modern media platform. He sits on the board of directors for multiple organizations. He attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

suchit-dash.pngSuchit Dash

Dash is a VP at Reddit, focusing on consumers and contributors. He cofounded Dubsmash, which was acquired by Reddit in December of 2020. He has a BS from Northwestern.



mark-desky.pngMark Desky

Desky was the head of marketing for Groupon and Tempus in their early years. He is an active volunteer, serving as a mentor at The Garage at Northwestern and as an adviser to the Farley Center. He has a BS and an MS from Northwestern.


alexis-grant.pngAlexis Grant

Grant is the founder and CEO of They Got Acquired, a media brand with the mission of redefining startup success by telling stories of founders who've sold online businesses. Grant has a BA from Colby College and an MA from Northwestern. She also was awarded a Medill/The Garage fellowship at Northwestern for the 2022-23 academic year.

rebekah.pngRebekah Monson

Monson is the co-founder and COO of Letterhead, a software that manages and monetizes communities. She previously co-founded WhereBy.Us Media, Commissioner, and Code for Miami. She has a BA from Louisiana State University and an MFA from the University of Miami.


tina-xiao.pngTina Xiao

Xiao is a global program manager at Google News Initiative. Earlier in her career she worked as a senior analyst at ABC News and a financial analyst at Amazon. She has a BS from Babson College.



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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