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ENTREP 470: NUvention: Medical

Quarter Offered

Fall: Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m. CT, Chicago
Winter: Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m. CT, Evanston


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


NUvention: Medical (ENTREP 470, BMD_ENG 495, HCAK 615 and 616, PPTYTORT 641, INTERDEP 4017) is designed to expose students to the holistic process of developing and commercializing new medical technologies through the lens of a startup. A partnership between four Northwestern schools, this class brings together students in interdisciplinary teams to simulate the ways in which medical innovations evolve from clinical needs and become viable ventures. Over the course of six months, students engage with challenges tied to product development, intellectual property, industry regulations, and business modeling as they learn what it means to be entrepreneurial in the medical technology space.


Ed Acuna
Andrew Cittadine
David Kalainov
Tyler Wanke
Lilli Zakarija

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: ~48 students (approx. 12 students/school)

Apply Now

Applications for the McCormick (ENTREP 470, BMD_ENG 495) and Feinberg (INTERDEP 4017) sections of NUvention: Medical have closed for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Who Should Enroll

Open to all Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students interested in venture creation in the medical technology space. Graduate students are ideal candidates for this class, although outstanding undergraduates with experience as interns and/or with startups are welcome to apply. 


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.

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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