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Consulting for Wearable Technology: A Catalyst for Innovation

June 2024   Launched in 2018, Consulting for Wearable Tech offers Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students hands-on consulting experience with wearable technology companies.

Facing Off Against Concussions

June 2024   Farley student Lewis Simon advocates for young athletes’ brains through his line of performance clothing.

When Big Businesses Act Like Startups

May 2024   In the Farley Center’s new Corporate Innovation course, students discover how the entrepreneurial mindset can – and does – live in larger enterprises.

McCormick, Farley Center Students Produce Strong Showings at VentureCat

May 2024   Students associated with Northwestern Engineering or the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation took home the biggest prizes at the annual VentureCat competition, held May 22 in the Kellogg Global Hub’s White Auditorium.

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Farley Center Introduces Morehead Family Innovator Fellowship

May 2024   The Farley Center names two undergraduate students as Morehead Family Innovator Fellows.

NUvention: Media Leverages AI with Latest Course Update

April 2024   One of the signature courses in the Farley Center ’s NUvention course lineup, NUvention: Media was reinvented and relaunched this winter with a focus on leveraging artificial intelligence (AI).

Sharing the News on AI

April 2024   Noah Edelman writes about AI in a human way for his startup, The Neuron, a daily newsletter that provides guidance and news on AI tools straight to a subscriber's inbox.

Farley Alumni Spotlight: John Franklin

March 2024   Inspired by various Farley Center experiences, Franklin veers off the traditional path and pursues energizing endeavors.

Northwestern Engineering Hosts Panel of Alumni Entrepreneurs

March 2024   A panel of Northwestern alumni entrepreneurs emphasized the importance of risk-taking and continuous learning.

from Northwestern Engineering

Northwestern Medicine First to Use Bedside Neurosurgical Drill that Gives Surgeons Quicker and Safer Access to the Brain

March 2024   Using the Hubly Surgical Drill—a battery-powered cranial drill developed at the Farley Center—a Northwestern Medicine neurosurgeon became the first physician in the US to successfully use a new neurosurgical drill to save the life of a patient in the ICU.

from Northwestern Medicine

One-on-one with Eduardo Acuna

March 2024   A clinical associate professor at the Farley Center, Acuna brings 25 years of business experience into the classroom alongside a sincere desire to help students thrive.

Innovating from Within

January 2024   A new Farley Center course called Corporate Innovation will help students understand how they can be entrepreneurial, innovative changemakers – even at established enterprises.

Merging Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and the Environment

January 2024   Launching this spring, Innovate for Climate will challenge students to develop novel solutions to real problems affecting the Great Lakes.

Farley Center Welcomes Diverse Faculty Expertise in Winter Quarter

January 2024   The Farley Center is pleased to introduce five accomplished individuals joining its faculty in Winter Quarter.

Farley Students Named to Chicago Inno ‘Under 25’ List

January 2024   Students and alumni of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation have been named to this year’s Chicago Inno ‘Under 25’ list.

Starting with Synthetic Biology

December 2023   New Farley Center course leverages case studies and expert guest speakers to explore commercial innovation in the fast-moving synthetic biology industry.

Vaulterra's Fast Rise

December 2023   Patrick Giavelli leverages Northwestern’s academic, research, and entrepreneurial resources to steer the founding and development of a promising green tech company.

Sailesh Chutani Joins Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy

November 2023   Sailesh Chutani, entrepreneur and former chief technology officer (CTO) at Logitech, will join Northwestern Engineering’s Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation as a visiting fellow and the Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy as an adjunct professor beginning January 1.

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Farley at 15

November 2023   Since 2008, the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has educated and empowered the University’s enterprising minds.

Getting Unruled

November 2023   Farley students turned a simple idea for unlined notebooks into a thriving business, Unruled, with a sustainable twist.

Farley Faculty Member Joshua Lance Passes Away

October 2023   Joshua Lance, adjunct lecturer at the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Master of Engineering Management program at Northwestern Engineering, passed away on October 21. Lance will be remembered as an exceptionally devoted mentor and teacher, and an unwavering champion for aspiring student entrepreneurs.

Farley Welcomes Four Accomplished Faculty Members 

September 2023   The Farley Center is thrilled to announce the addition of four faculty members who will teach new courses and co-teach the popular Principles of Entrepreneurship class.

Student Entrepreneurs Driving to Success with Football Card Game

September 2023   Leveraging their undergraduate experience at Northwestern Engineering, Farley student Harrison Brooks and Cameron Briskin teamed up to create Fourth Down, a card game that recreates the excitement of the sport while promoting connection between players.

from Northwestern Engineering

Digital Fertility Clinic

September 2023   With backgrounds in law and medicine, Farley alumni Blair Matthews and Giuliana Zaccardelli launched Zuri Fertility to help patients get pregnant.

from Northwestern Magazine

Introducing the Newest Members of the Farley Advisory Board

September 2023   We are delighted to announce the latest additions to the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board, whose three-year terms begin on September 1.

Students Recognized in Forbes ‘30 Under 30’

August 2023   Farley students and alumni have secured spots on this year’s Chicago-specific Forbes ’30 Under 30’ list.

from Northwestern Engineering News

Farley Student Charlotte Oxnam Featured on CBS Mornings

July 2023   Oxnam shares the story of her startup, Cue the Curves, and how she created a fashion community for plus-size women.

from CBS Mornings

Mert Iseri on Being an Immigrant Founder

June 2023   Farley faculty member and Northwestern University alum Mert Iseri recently spoke with the Economic Innovation Group about his experience as an immigrant entrepreneur, his passion for Chicago's design and innovation culture, and his startup SwipeSense, which aims to reduce medical errors in US hospitals.

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To Stand Out, Build a Buzzworthy Brand

June 2023   Held this spring, Farley's new Building a Buzzworthy Brand course paired student teams with small and mid-sized companies to assess their brand strength.

Christopher Schuh Named Dean of McCormick School of Engineering

June 2023   A renowned researcher, entrepreneur, educator, and alumnus, Schuh will join Northwestern from MIT.

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Cue the Curves Wins VentureCat Grand Prize

June 2023   Farley Center student Charlotte Oxnam earned the $150,000 prize for her company’s plus-size shopping app.

from Northwestern Engineering

How NUvention: Medical and VentureCat Propelled Two Student Entrepreneurs

May 2023   With origins in Farley's NUvention: Medical course and momentum fueled by VentureCat, digital fertility app Zuri is on the path to commercialization.

2023 CNBC Disruptor 50 Companies

May 2023   CNBC unveiled its annual Disruptor 50 list, a look at the fast-growing private companies investors need to know about. Alto Pharmacy, led by CEO and Northwestern Engineering alum Alicia Boler Davis, ranked sixth. The Disruptor 50 Advisory Council included Farley Center director Hayes Ferguson.

from CNBC

Silicon Valley Immersion

May 2023   The Farley Center Bay Area Quarter program brings undergrads to San Francisco and provides classes in tech ethics, product management and venture fundraising, as well as an experiential seminar that includes externships at a range of tech companies.

from Northwestern Magazine

Farley Deepens Its Faculty Bench

April 2023   Farley has welcomed eight new faculty members who bring experience and proficiency in areas such as entrepreneurial leadership, startup financing, and tech product management.

Farley + Medicine

March 2023   The modern health care field's persistent complexity intensifies the need for thoughtful and inventive solutions. The entrepreneurial skills and knowledge learned at Farley can help medical innovators fuel life-altering results.

Northwestern Students Help Parkinson’s Patients Put Pen to Paper

March 2023   Farley entrepreneurship minor Izzy Mokotoff and biomedical engineering student Alexis Chan share story behind SteadyScrib on WGN News.

from WGN News

A Pen Designed for Parkinson's Patients

March 2023   SteadyScrib, a startup led by Farley entrepreneurship minor Izzy Mokotoff and biomedical engineering student Alexis Chan, is developing a unique pen and clipboard set that negates the effects of shaking and tremors in Parkinson's patients when writing.

from Northwestern Now

He’s Helping Young Musicians Bridge the Gap Between Art and Business

February 2023   Farley student Steven Jiang leverages his popularity on TikTok to run two startup companies.

from Northwestern Now

A Pen for Parkinson’s Patients

February 2023   Farley entrepreneurship minor Izzy Mokotoff and cofounder Alexis Chan invented SteadyScrib, a special pen and clipboard set that helps people with Parkinson’s disease write again.

from Northwestern Magazine

Cue the Curves Makes Shopping More Inclusive

February 2023   Farley student Charlotte Oxnam turned her fashion blog into a mobile app and online community space for plus-size people.

from Northwestern Magazine

Student Startup Looks to Revolutionize Snacking

January 2023   When he took Engineering Entrepreneurship, a Farley course taught by Billy Banks ’98 and Neal Sáles-Griffin ’09, Ryan Teo '21 launched Minimal Snacks with the goal of revolutionizing snacking.

from Northwestern Magazine

Entrepreneurial Students Should Not Fear Big Tech’s Layoffs

January 2023   Writing in the Chicago Tribune, Hayes Ferguson argues that entrepreneurship will continue within existing companies of all types and sizes, through “intrapreneurship” and increasingly — and counterintuitively, given the relative lack of venture funding today — new companies.

from The Chicago Tribune

Becoming 'Backable': The Art and Science of Inspiring Belief

December 2022   In the Farley Center’s new course, Backable: Building an Innovation Practice, students learn how to inspire and motivate from author Suneel Gupta and Chicago’s famed Second City.

from Northwestern Engineering News

Farley + Education and Social Policy

November 2022   Whether students studying education and social policy eventually stand at the head of the class, sit in the boardroom, or rally support for a cause, they can use skills nurtured and developed in Farley Center courses to improve human development and learning, strengthen communities, and stimulate change in profound ways.

Farley Welcomes New Faculty

October 2022   The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hired a full-time faculty member and four adjunct faculty members as it continues to expand entrepreneurship education for Northwestern students.

Students Featured in Chicago Inno’s ‘25 Under 25’

October 2022   Rising young innovators from the Farley Center are making a mark in Chicago’s entrepreneurship community.

from Northwestern Engineering

Farley + Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences

September 2022   Pairing the technical skills cultivated through industrial engineering and management sciences studies with Farley’s entrepreneurially minded courses empowers students to create value for businesses, customers, and, in many cases, society.

Farley + Performing Arts

August 2022   In Farley courses, theatre and performing arts students develop important entrepreneurial skills to power their creative pursuits.

Farley + Journalism

July 2022   To succeed in a complex, ever-evolving digital information ecosystem, journalists are using entrepreneurial skills and an innovative mindset more than ever. Farley coursework enhances journalism studies for students who want to explore roles beyond traditional media.

VentureCat 2022: The Results

May 2022   Northwestern student startup teams with Farley ties took home first and third place prizes at the 2022 VentureCat startup competition.

from Northwestern Engineering


Farley Center Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

May 2022   Northwestern graduates Christina Kosmowski and Sharmila Shahani-Mulligan join the Farley Center advisory board.

Flipping Over Crypto

May 2022   Farley graduate Daniel Polotsky is founder of CoinFlip, a cryptocurrency ATM startup that exploded from the dorms of Northwestern to the big time.

from Northwestern Magazine

Course Spotlight — NUvention: AI

May 2022   NUvention: AI places AI at the center, exploring the intersection between entrepreneurship, data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and AI to help students create commercial technology startups.


Course Spotlight — NUvention: Energy

April 2022   In NUvention: Energy, Northwestern students confront environmental problems many deem intractable, if not unsolvable, and invent financially and environmentally sustainable businesses at the energy-water-food nexus.


Course Spotlight — NUvention: Arts and Entertainment

March 2022   In NUvention: Arts and Entertainment (ENTREP 476, MSLCE 545), Northwestern students interested in the arts and entertainment world create new ventures in theater, music, television, and the visual arts, challenging convention and unlocking opportunities for energized, dynamic experiences.


Second City Works Podcast Episode Discusses New Farley Class "Backable: Building an Innovation Practice"

March 2022   Northwestern graduate and author Suneel Gupta and The Second City's Anne Libera discuss their collaboration on the new Farley Center class "Backable: Building an Innovation Practice" on the Second City Works podcast "Getting to Yes, And." The class draws on insights from Suneel's book, "Backable," and creates improvisational practices for students.

from Second City Works

Why the Modern Climate-Tech Industry is Booming

March 2022   During a virtual event, panelists discussed the past, present, and future — and good, bad, and ugly — of clean energy tech.


New Farley Faculty Share Favorite Innovations of the 21st Century

March 2022   Farley lecturers reflect on beloved innovations spanning e-readers to medical technology to mental health access.

Bestselling Author Daniel Pink Shares the Art and Science of Sales in Farley Class

January 2022   Behavioral science guru Daniel Pink (BA ‘86) visits Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing class as guest speaker.

Lessons Rooted in the Real World

January 2022   With vulnerability and purpose, Farley instructor Trish Thomas shares tales from the entrepreneurial frontlines.

Suchit Dash of Dubsmash, Reddit Talks Entrepreneurial Resilience at Farley Class

November 2021   Suchit Dash (BSE '07), cofounder and president of Dubsmash and vice president of video at Reddit gave an interactive talk during the Farley Center class Entrepreneurial Endurance, Leadership, & Mindset.


Farley Center Launches Student Ambassador Program

November 2021   As part of its mission to serve and support students at every point of their entrepreneurial journey, the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation launched a student ambassador program in October.


Farley Center Welcomes New Entrepreneurs in Residence

October 2021   The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation welcomed two Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) this month. Serial entrepreneurs Genevieve Thiers and Joe Mullenbach are available to mentor entrepreneurial students from any Northwestern school.

Overwhelmed by Social Media, Cybersecurity and Other Tech Topics? Read These Books.

October 2021   Farley Director Hayes Ferguson shared book recommendations with the Wall Street Journal for "nontechies" needing a beginner's guide to the biggest issues in technology today.

from The Wall Street Journal

Students Featured in Chicago Inno’s 2021 ’25 Under 25’

September 2021   Five Northwestern students, including three entrepreneurship minors at the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, were recognized by Chicago Inno during a year of unprecedented growth in Chicago’s tech scene.

Multiple Modes of Transportation, Shared Rides Are the Future of Mobility

June 2021   During a virtual event, the panelists discussed how the next generation of mobility innovations could reshape America’s car-centric lifestyle.

Taking the Fight to Alzheimer's

May 2021   After creating custom care packages for her grandmother, student Victoria Da Conceicao now shares Alzheimer’s Brain Box with others who suffer from dementia.

from Northwestern Now

How Product Development is Shaping the Future of Journalism

May 2021   New York Times’ Emily Withrow joined the Farley Center and Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications for a Fireside Chat on April 20 to discuss how how media companies increasingly rely on engineering, design, and data science.

from Erica Masini

Farley Teams are Semi-finalists at Rice University Business Plan Competition and One Brings Home Prize Money

April 2021   The Farley Center had a strong showing at this year’s Rice Business Plan Competition. Three Northwestern University student teams with roots in the Farley Center competed in the competition. blip energy and Hubly Surgical made it to the semifinal round that included the top six teams from three different “flights,” and the at-home diagnostic solution startup Blue Comet Medical Solutions was awarded $25,000 in prize money.

Inventive Thinking Takes Place in the Liquid Space Between Building and Dreaming

April 2021   During the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Segal Design Institute’s April 14 event “Inventive Thinking: Building, Dreaming, and Loosening the Space In-Between,” innovation strategist Gary Zamchick shared ways students can tap into their inner “inventive thinker” and leverage their interests and life experiences to create new ideas.

Farley Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

April 2021   Ibraheem Alinur, Mark Desky, Mary Lou Song, and Neal Sales-Griffin join the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation advisory board as the center continues to expand entrepreneurial education at Northwestern University.

Recap: Author Talk with Suneel Gupta: What Makes Someone “Backable”

April 2021   On April 7, The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and The Garage partnered to welcome author and entrepreneur (and Kellogg/Pritzker alum) Suneel Gupta for an intimate talk and insightful discussion about his latest book, Backable. In Backable, Suneel boldly asserts that the secret to success isn’t defined by your innate talent, connections, or even the strength of your ideas, but the hard work and ability to persuade others to “back” you.

from The Garage at Northwestern

The Pandemic has Inspired and Challenged Medical Innovation

February 2021   During a Farley Center event on February 12, panelists from academia and industry discussed the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare breakthroughs.

How Amazon Moved Faster Than Ever During the Pandemic

February 2021   In the Farley Center’s Fireside Chat, Amazon VP Alicia Boler Davis said machine learning, AI, and even improvisation were critical to success.

Mary Lou Song Joins Farley as Adjunct

February 2021   Mary Lou Song (’91), with more than 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, technology, and digital media, joins the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation as an adjunct faculty member, effective Winter Quarter.

How to Be Entrepreneurial and Innovative During a Crisis

January 2021   Times of crisis create opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. Farley Center Director Hayes Ferguson looks back at modern history and shares how Northwestern students and faculty — and just about everyone else in the world — has the capacity to innovate during times of crisis.

Stretching the Imagination

January 2021   Pioneering professor and Farley Center faculty member John Rogers founded the field of bioelectronics and has invented a mind-boggling number of devices to improve human health, including a sensor smaller than an M&M that measures harmful levels of ultraviolet sun radiation, a wireless patch that measures vitals for premature babies, and many more.

from Northwestern Magazine

Director Hayes Ferguson Discusses Undergraduate Programming at the Farley Center (Video)

January 2021   Get an inside look at undergraduate programming at the Farley Center with director Hayes Ferguson. In this video, she talks about the classes and student groups connected to the Center, as well as entrepreneurial success stories fostered at Northwestern Engineering.


Looking Back on 2020

December 2020   While the new normal of 2020 has created challenges, it has also created opportunities. The Farley Center is a community of innovators and entrepreneurs, including many technologists, who thrive on finding solutions to problems. To this end, Farley has accomplished a lot this year by iterating old ways into something new, and we are excited about what lies ahead.

NUvention Medical alums Rhaeos winner of MedTech Innovator $350k award

October 2020   NUvention Medical Innovation alum, Amit Ayer, and his company Rhaeos was named as MedTech Innovatr's 2020 Global Competition Winner at the MedTech Conference. Startup Receives $350K Grand Prize for Noninvasive Monitoring Device for Hydrocephalus Patients.

from Business Wire


Maziwa Breast Pump Latest News

October 2020   Maziwa breast pump will be joining the 2020 MIT Solver Class, which was selected from a pool of over 2,600 applicants from 135 countries. They were also selected for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded award for Maternal & Newborn Health!

from MIT Solve


Chicago Inno's 2020 Inno on Fire

October 2020   Every year, Inno recognizes the 50 people and companies that are innovating, growing and thriving in Chicago's tech and startup scene, and this year is no different. Building a company is never easy, but it is most certainly more challenging during a pandemic. The tech companies and startups on our list this year are being recognized for their resilience, dedication and success despite the adversity presented by the pandemic.

from Chicago Inno

New director of Northwestern's Farley Center aims to attract diverse students to entrepreneurship

September 2020   As Northwestern University continues to position itself as a significant piece to the Chicago entrepreneurial landscape, the college has named a new director of its Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Hayes Ferguson, who has been part of Northwestern’s entrepreneurial ecosystem for five years, began her new role Aug. 3.

from Chicago Inno


Seven with Northwestern Ties Featured in Chicago Inno’s 2020 ‘25 Under 25’

September 2020   Northwestern students and alumni, many with Farley connections, were featured in a list of young entrepreneurs and technologists who are “contributing to Chicago's tech and startup industry in impactful ways.”

Vijay Vaitheeswaran Joins Farley Center as Visiting Fellow

September 2020   Vijay Vaitheeswaran, US business editor for The Economist, has joined Northwestern Engineering’s Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation as a visiting fellow for the 2020-21 academic year. In his role, Vaitheeswaran will participate in Farley Center courses and special programming. In NUvention: Energy, part of the Farley Center’s flagship suite of entrepreneurship courses, he will help student teams develop pitches for their own energy startups. He also will host events open to the Northwestern community, such as a discussion on a to-be-determined topic.

from Northwestern Engineering

Building Healthier Communities Through Opal

August 2020   Building Healthier Communities Through Opal: “It’s not about changing technology but changing the human mindset. Our goal is designing a device that will help change human behavior so that [people] can solve the problem,” says Irewole Akande, co-founder and chief technology officer of City Health Tech, a public-health startup that aims to use technology to build healthier communities and mitigate the spread of infectious diseases.

from Illinois Tech Magazine

A Contactless Bus Designed for the Pandemic Age

August 2020   The design concept from a multi-institutional team of designers and engineers alters the way passengers enter and exit the bus by combining all ingresses and egresses into a single large sliding door.

from Northwestern Engineering

Wildfire 2020: (Virtual) Demo Day Wrap Up

August 2020   Wildfire 2020, despite being conducted in a virtual format, was still an intensive and busy 10 weeks for our student founded startups participating. We were absolutely committed to ensuring the experience online was a valuable one, so we packed the summer with superstar content providers. Students participating in the program were also able to take advantage of one-on-one mentorship to guide them through Wildfire and perfect their pitches in preparation for a (virtual) Demo Day!


Kellogg, McCormick announce MBAi joint degree program

August 2020   The Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering are launching an MBAi joint degree at the intersection of business and technology management. The accelerated five-quarter program responds to a growing and global need for leaders that can spearhead strategic, business-driving innovation while understanding the complexities and nuances of the technologies that enable it.

from Northwestern Now

How McCormick Students are Helping Fashion Become More Green

July 2020   Lura is an online fabric marketplace for sustainable textiles, giving brands access and information needed to source materials. Northwestern Engineering students Regina Morfin and Avantika Raikar wanted to help the fashion industry, often accused of harming the environment, become more sustainable.

from Northwestern Engineering

Students Develop At-home DNA Test with Privacy in Mind

July 2020   Developed by undergraduate Ana Cornell, GenomeLock is a three-part test kit that gives users insightful genetic data while preserving their privacy.

from Northwestern Engineering

Northwestern start-up wins inaugural Nature prize

July 2020   A Northwestern University tech startup has received The Spinoff Prize, a new highly competitive, international award from the journal Nature.

from Northwestern Now


NU researchers develop wearable device that helps monitor COVID-19 symptoms

July 2020   A team of Northwestern researchers, in collaboration with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, developed a wearable device that can monitor COVID-19 symptoms. The device was originally designed for stroke patients to help improve speech and swallowing rehabilitation protocols.

NUvention: Web+Media 2020 Final Pitch

July 2020   Farley’s NUvention courses are key to the center’s goals as it exposes students to the entire innovation and entrepreneurial life cycle through hands-on application. This Spring quarter marked the second quarter of NUvention: Web + Media, a two-quarter capstone course where students design, plan and run web-based businesses. However, this quarter was rather different from its previous half. Coming in to the second quarter and adapting a fully online model of class in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the teams of NUVention: Web+Media had to adapt accordingly. On May 20th, student groups from the course presented their work at the online trade show, presenting their work developed for two quarters to course faculties, guests, and the course’s advisory board.


Farley Summer 2020 Community Newsletter

July 2020   Summer 2020 quarterly newsletter sharing about our Class of 2020, Incoming Director Hayes Ferguson, faculty updates, and wrap-up summaries of each of our Spring 2020 NUvention classes.

Rice Business Plan Competition 2020

July 2020   Congrats to Northwestern's Cardiosense was a finalist in this year's Rice Business Plan Competition. Cardiosense from Northwestern University, which has created a wearable heart monitor device, took sixth place in the competition and won a $5,000 award sponsored by Chevron Technology Ventures. Cardiosense also won two other monetary prizes — TMC Innovation's $100K TMC Healthcare Innovation investment and NASA's $25,000 Human Health and Performance Award — bringing the total amount won to $130,000. The company also won OFW Law's prize.

NUvention: Arts 2020

July 2020   Spring 2020 NUvention: Arts

Thanking Founding Director Professor Mike Marasco

July 2020   In 2006, Professor Michael Marasco wrote a white paper for the idea of creating a interdisciplinary entrepreneurship center and founded the Center in 2007 which was endowed by James and Nancy Farley less than 12 months later in 2008. We celebrate and thank Mike for his passion for teaching, as well as his dedication, kindness and empathy.


Thanking Prof Verinder Syal

July 2020   Thanking Prof Verinder Syal for all of his years of teaching

Water purification startup NUMiX Materials wins inaugural U.S. Bank Cleantech Diversity & Inclusion Award

June 2020   The program supports female and minority entrepreneurs driving innovation in environmental sustainability

from MSL 360

Sherrell Dorsey, founder of digital news platform covering the Black innovation economy, awarded inaugural Medill Garage Media Entrepreneur Fellowship

June 2020   Sherrell Dorsey, founder of digital news platform covering the Black innovation economy, awarded inaugural Medill Garage Media Entrepreneur Fellowship. The Fellowship supports underrepresented groups in addressing challenges facing media. The one-year fellowship supports entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups—with an emphasis on women and people of color—who are working on innovation in the media industry. As part of the fellowship, Dorsey will receive an $80,000 stipend for the year, and access to a variety of resources across Northwestern such as select classes at Medill, the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the University at-large to help her to continue to expand her work.

from Medill

Moses Lee, SESP '20 - Class of 2020

June 2020   Moses Lee, SESP '20 - Class of 2020

Northwestern Commencement 2020

June 2020   Northwestern Commencement 2020

from Northwestern Now

Farley Center's Creative Tech Showcase 2019

June 2020   Creative Tech: A Juried Showcase of Whole-Brain Innovation. In its first year on May 23, 2019, the Creative Tech Showcase is hosted by The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Professor Elizabeth Lukehart. Generously supported by the Murphy Society, the Creative Tech Showcase features innovative and entrepreneurial student projects at the intersection of the arts and technology.

The Inventive Mind of an Intrapreneur

June 2020   Edgar Menezes, with more than 60 patents to his credit, helped lead innovation at Johnson & Johnson for three decades.

from Northwestern Engineering

Farley Faculty Member & Interim Director Mark Werwath to Serve as Inaugural Executive Director of the Office of Professional Education for McCormick School of Engineering

June 2020   An accomplished leader, Werwath brings varied experience in management, business, and higher education.

from Northwestern Engineering

Company Feature: Hubly Surgical

June 2020   Hubly Surgical Inc. is a neurosurgical device company currently focused on reducing the 20% lethal complication rate of the world’s most common neurosurgery: the skull puncture. In this procedure, a physician bores a hole through the skull. It is performed 100,000 per year in the United States, and Hubly aims to make the skull puncture safe. “Born and bred out of Farley Center’s classroom at Northwestern,” Hubly now features a leadership team with three alumni: CEO Casey Grage, Director of Clinical Development Dr. Amit Ayer, and Director Mark Fisher.


Student bikeshare company eo pivots to provide help in a time of need

June 2020   Bikeshare company eo, started by Northwestern students in early 2019, has a new mission to deliver food and supplies to Evanston residents in need. The company, which offers a year-round dockless bikeshare solution to students on Evanston’s campus, found itself without riders during a virtual spring quarter. Rather than shutting down operations, eo partnered with Evanston Mutual Aid to deliver groceries and necessarily supplies to Evanston residents at home.

from Northwestern Now

Tommy D’Alise partners with Joseph W. Feinberg to launch a fundraiser supporting La Rabida

June 2020   Tommy D’Alise, who is majoring in learning and organizational change with a minor in entrepreneurship, is using his independent study, overseen by Professor Heather Aranyi, to partner with Joseph W. Feinberg and lead an important fundraiser to support the children, families, and workers of La Rabida. La Rabida is a hospital in Chicago that provides health care to children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Propel's 2020 Cohort and Virtual Showcase

June 2020   Launched in 2018, Propel provides networking, mentorship, and immersive learning experiences that promote diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship. Full-time, female students can apply for the program, which is made possible by Katherine and Steve Elms, MBA ’92, and Heather and Andrew Zuckerman, Weinberg ’91.

from The Garage at Northwestern

Student Spotlight: Sinthuja Nagalingam and Tilt

May 2020   Sinthuja Nagalingam began working on an idea to make extracurricular activities more accessible to low-income high school students during her first quarter at Kellogg in the fall of 2018.

from The Garage at Northwestern


Mining the Future

May 2020   David Snydacker found Lilac Solutions, a mining technology company. The goal of the company is to become a technology partner to developers of lithium projects. Before starting Lilac Solutions, Snydacker took Northwestern's NUvention: Energy course, which allows students to create energy related startups in teams.

from Northwestern Engineering

VentureCat 2020: The Results

May 2020   The results of Northwestern’s annual student startup competition!

from The Garage at Northwestern

Farley Fellow Milan Mrksich named Northwestern’s Vice President for Research

May 2020   Farley Fellow Milan Mrksich named Northwestern’s Vice President for Research. Award-winning scientist has overseen the University’s research portfolio through COVID-19 pandemic.

from Northwestern Engineering


LENDing a Hand

May 2020   LENDing a Hand: Student entrepreneurs help fill vital needs during the pandemic. An organization run by Northwestern students is working hard to keep Evanston’s small business owners afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Helped by a $100,000 contribution from the city of Evanston, Lending for Evanston and Northwestern Development (LEND) is offering no-interest loans of up to $5,000 to entrepreneurs hit hard by the crisis

from Northwestern Magazine


NUvention Medical Winter 2020 Recap

May 2020   Farley’s NUvention courses are key to the center’s goals as it exposes students to the entire innovation and entrepreneurial life cycle through hands-on application. NUvention: Medical is a two-quarter interdisciplinary experiential learning program that aims to expose students to the entrepreneurial lifecycle of new medical technologies. On March 11, 8 student groups from the course presented their final work.

NUvention Web + Media Winter 2020 Recap

May 2020   Farley’s NUvention courses are key to the center’s goals as it ex poses students to the entire innovation and entrepreneurial life cycle through hands-on application. This winter marks the first quarter of ENTREP 473, or NUvention: Web + Media, a two-quarter capstone course where students design, plan and run web-based businesses. On March 11, 9 student groups from the course presented their work thus far in creating their own startups. Also in attendance was members of the course’s advisory board, which consists of around 40 founders or directors of recent startups.


Monitoring COVID-19 from Hospital to Home

May 2020   McCormick/Farley faculty member John Rogers lab as part of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab team develops the first wearable device to continuously track key symptoms

from Northwestern Now

Wearable Device to Monitor COVID-19 Symptoms with John A. Rogers, PhD

May 2020   Monitoring patients and frontline health care workers for symptoms of COVID-19 could get much easier with a small wireless sensor developed by scientists at Northwestern and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Northwestern’s John A. Rogers, PhD, explains.

from Feinberg School of Medicine

Student Spotlight: Ibraheem Alinur and City Health Tech

April 2020   Ibraheem Alinur is an Engineering senior at Northwestern and the founder of City Health Tech.

from The Garage at Northwestern

Message from Interim Director

April 2020   A message for the Spring 2020 quarter from Interim Director Mark Werwath


NUvention Energy Winter 2020 Recap

April 2020   Farley’s NUvention courses are key to the center’s goals as it exposes students to the entire innovation and entrepreneurial life cycle through hands-on application. ENTREP 474:NUvention: Energy, is the product of a collaboration between the Farley Center and the Institute of Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern. On March 10, 5 student groups from the course presented their work at the Tech Nexus building in Chicago.

The S.A.F. E. Cartridge System

April 2020   Joshua Kim, EDI ’18 and a participant in the Farley Center’s NUvention Medical class, led a team that designed the S.A.F. E. Cartridge System and associated mask assembly to be an easy-to-make, homemade filtration system that filters out 5% MORE than an N95 mask. The S.A.F. E. Cartridge System was tested in the same way N95 masks are tested at the hospital and from those tests are proven to be effective. They are currently awaiting final approval from the FDA and are working with manufacturing companies.

City Health Tech Produces Device to Help Handwashing

April 2020   Founded by Ibraheem Alinur, City Health Tech is working to minimize the spread of preventable illness through encouraging longer hand washing times. The company created a device called Opal, a wireless waterproof device that provides hand washing instructions.

from Northwestern Engineering

Sprout 2020

April 2020   Sprout is an annual immersion trip to San Francisco for students from who are interested in entrepreneurship at Northwestern. It’s run by EPIC, Northwestern’s entrepreneurship student organization.

from The Garage at Northwestern


April 2020   Rheaply and the McCormick School of Engineering launched a medical supply exchange to help healthcare providers get the necessary supplies to face the COVID-19 crisis in Illinois.

from The Daily Northwestern

Little Joe Ventures x LA 2020

April 2020   The five Northwestern juniors who comprise the second cohort of the Little Joe Ventures fellowship had the opportunity to visit some of the most innovative technology companies in Los Angeles.

from The Garage at Northwestern


Rhaeos is one of nine companies accepted into the 2020 TMCx Accelerator

April 2020   Rhaeos, which won 4th place in the 2019 Rice Business Plan Competition, is one of nine companies accepted into the 2020 TMCx Accelerator. The nine accepted startups come from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Toronto, London, and Copenhagen. The accelerator will start virtually due to COVID-19.

A Natural-Born Performer Pays It Forward

April 2020   Entrepreneur and investor Genevieve Thiers makes waves toward equality.

from Northwestern Magazine


March 2020   Farley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation - IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

Northwestern's Blockchain Group Hosts an Industry Talk on Everyday Uses of Cryptocurrency

March 2020   The Northwestern Blockchain Group hosts a seminar by CoinFlip on what people are using cryptocurrencies for, how people are getting cryptocurrency, and CoinFlip's initiatives in making crypto more accessible to all.

Farley Students Launch Medkit in Northwestern Dorm

January 2020   Medkit is a vending machine that sells medication, hygiene products, and sexual health ite

from Northwestern Magazine

Farley Student Wins Prize at BMAC Kellogg Conference Venture Competition

November 2019   City Health Tech won second place and $1500 at the competition.

Alumnus Morgan Lewis Launches Design Collaboration with Nike By You x Cultivator

November 2019   Alumnus Morgan Lewis has designed a limited edition Nike sneaker that celebrates lesbians and country music.

John Rogers, Farley Professor, Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

October 2019   Rogers becomes one of only 25 people ever to be named to all three National Academies

from Northwestern Engineering

Hazel Technologies Raises $800K for Their Food Waste-Fighting Tech

October 2019   A startup aiming to fight food waste just raised a seed round to grow their venture.

From Food Waste to Biomass, NUVention Alum Seeks Sustainable Solutions

October 2019   $800k is raised by a NUVention: Energy Alum who looks to fight food waste.

Farley Center October Newsletter

October 2019   Read about the Farley Center in our monthly community newsletter.

Bienen and Farley Center Alumni Create Musical Instruments for Students with Disabilities

October 2019   Inclusive Instruments, a project spearheaded by recent Bienen School of Music alumnus Ryan McCaul (Bienen ‘19), provides free electronic musical services and technologies for students with disabilities.

from The Daily Northwestern

Farley Interim Director Facilitates Discussion on the Future of Energy

October 2019   In September 2019, over 30 participants gathered at the Chicago Connectory to discuss the global energy transition as part of The World Innovation Network Global (TWIN Global), an annual gathering of innovation and growth leaders from across sectors and geographies, and Mark Werwath acted as the facilitator.


Farley Center September Newsletter

September 2019   Read about the Farley Center in our monthly community newsletter

Michael Marasco, Founding Director of the Farley Center, Has Stepped Down After 13 Years

September 2019   After almost 13 years as Director of the Farley Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Michael Marasco has stepped down as the founding director.

NUvention Networked Body Professor Pioneers New Medical Technologies

September 2019   The future of medical monitoring is taking shape in a laboratory in Evanston.

from WTTW


SESP Magazine Features Entrepreneurship and the Farley Center

September 2019   The story of five entrepreneurs who found there’s no better place to start (up) than SESP.

from SESP Magazine

Sahar Jamal, Farley Alumna and Kellogg Graduate, Featured in Northwestern Magazine

September 2019   The founder of Maziwa is featured in an article titled, "Alumna’s Startup Gives Babies a Healthy Start"

from Northwestern Magazine

Farley Center Featured on Northwestern Intersections Podcast

August 2019   Heather Aranyi, who's on faculty at the Farley Center, comments on the branding classes she teaches through the Farley Center on the Northwestern Intersections podcast.

Former Farley Student Built Nanograf Around Northwestern Battery Technology

August 2019   The entrepreneurs behind NanoGraf Corporation reveal how they built an international company around a Northwestern battery technology

from Northwestern Now

Why This Midwestern City Has the Highest Concentration of Women Entrepreneurs in America

August 2019   The nation's third-largest city boasts the greatest concentration of women founders.

From Materials to Market

August 2019   The entrepreneurs behind NanoGraf Corporation reveal how they built an international company around a Northwestern battery technology.

from Northwestern Now

It Takes A Village

July 2019   With an overwhelming message to set high standards and believe in yourself, the power of women mentorship is monumental. For Kristen Sanders, mentors Heather Aranyi, Elizabeth Lukehart and Trish Thomas provided life-changing advice and support.

Recent Farley Alumni Take Their Watch Startup to the Next Level by Beginning Production

July 2019   Following a successful Kickstarter, Eli Wallace ‘18 and Michael White ‘18 will actively pursue venture capital funding in Chicago this summer for their digital watch company, Life Watch.

Farley Alumnus Tells His Story of Building the First AI-Powered Kitchen Assistant

July 2019   How He Took An Idea from a Farley Course to Silicon Valley

McCormick Magazine Features Farley Center in Article

July 2019   Farley Center alumni featured in "So, You Sold Your Startup?"

from McCormick Magazine

Sales-Griffin to lead Techstars startup program

July 2019   The entrepreneur and coder is taking over a well-known startup boot camp. Techstars, Neal, Sales, Griffin, Farley, Northwestern

from Chicago Business

NUvention Web + Media Students Pitch Their Pioneering Startups

July 2019   NUvention Web + Media Students Pitch Their Pioneering Startups

Sports Watch Dreamt Up by Farley Student Hits Kickstarter

July 2019   Life Watch was dreamed up two years ago by a Farley student who was shopping for a simple, well-designed sports watch. Now see the result of his hard work with the debut of his kickstarter.

from Kickstarter

Celebrating Women at the Farley Center

July 2019   This month we're celebrating some of the remarkable women who are making an epic contribution to the Farley Center.

Music Business & Technology meets Entrepreneurship & Innovation

June 2019   Music Business & Technology meets Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Jon McNeill ‘89 Addresses His Journey from NU to the C-Suite at Lyft

June 2019   Jon McNeill ‘89 Addresses His Journey from NU to the C-Suite at Lyft

Brew Bike Places Sixth in Rice Business Plan Competition

June 2019   BrewBike earns $100,000 GOOSE Society Investment Prize at the annual startup competition.

Spring 2019 Newsletter

June 2019   Read about what happened during spring quarter in the Farley Center!

Farley Alumni Featured in Northwestern Magazine

June 2019   A recent Farley alumni has been featured as a standout senior from the 2019 class

from Northwestern Magazine

Farley Alum and Her Company Featured in Northwestern Magazine

May 2019   Farley Alum and Her Company Featured in Northwestern Magazine

from Northwestern Magazine


Five new innovators join Chain Reaction Innovations in third cohort Argonne helps innovators accelerate energy and science tech-to-market

April 2019   Five new innovators join Chain Reaction Innovations in third cohort Argonne helps innovators accelerate energy and science tech-to-market

IEMS Student Published in ThriveGlobal

March 2019   The article written by Sydney Agus is titled "Why We Need to Start Talking About the Stress of Academic Competition"

from Thrive Global

Farley Faculty Member Named as Crain's Tech 50

January 2019   Crain’s annual list that brings the headliners, behind-the-scenes heroes, new faces and emerging stars of Chicago tech you need to know now includes a Farley Faculty Member.

from Chicago Business

Reflections from a McCormick Industrial Engineer on Wall Street

November 2018   Industrial Engineering graduate, Shuyang Bai, reflects on his experiences as a Northwestern University IE student and shares how his work on a biofuel business innovation for Farley Center's Engineering Entrepreneurship (ENTREP 325) course prepared him for his Wall St. investment job.

Hidden Option "E": How Northwestern Helped Me Find My Inner Entrepreneur

October 2018   Farley Center alumna, Stephanie Wiegel, NU' 17, shares how the people and resources at Northwestern helped her break out of a "rigid, test-like mentality" and realize her own options for her future.

Northwestern University Student Group Brings Design Thinking to Holy Trinity

September 2018   What problems are facing today’s high school students and how can we solve them? That was the big question posed to Holy Trinity students in our NFTE/Corporate Experience class on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, by student leaders from Northwestern University’s EPIC club.

from Holy Trinity High School

Northwestern Engineering Launches New Deep Learning Lab

September 2018   As artificial intelligence grows in prominence, Northwestern Engineering is launching a Deep Learning Lab, which will build a community of deep learning-focused data scientists to service the research and industry needs of the Midwest.

from Northwestern Engineering


Farley Center Year in Review: 2017-2018

July 2018   Farley Center's record enrollment growth is linked with increased student diversity and marked by notable events and guest speakers, seven new courses, and the unveiling of a brand new Undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurship.​

McCormick, Kellogg and Medill Students Pitch Their Startup Ideas to Investors, Entrepreneurs

June 2018   Eight teams of entrepreneurial Northwestern students bravely went before 30 critical judges to conclude the 2018 NUvention Web + Media class.

from Medill

Alumnus Akshat Thirani Named to Crain’s “20 In Their 20s” for 2018

May 2018   Alumnus Akshat Thirani was recognized as co-founder and CEO of Amper Technologies, a startup he launched while a student in Farley Center's NUvention: Energy course.​

from Northwestern Engineering

Northwestern alum Jun Sung Ahn shares YouTube journey, entrepreneurship tips

May 2018   Northwestern alum Jun Sung Ahn, known by his stage name “JuNCurryAhn,” shared his story of how he became a multi-talented YouTube star on May 4.

from The Daily Northwestern

Reconnecting Art and Science in the Classroom

May 2018   Blending art and science in education opens the door to innovative thinking.

from Northwestern Now

In the Mix - A Q&A with NU Startup NUMiX

April 2018   In this exclusive Q&A interview, NUMiX member shares insights about their team and how it came to participate in and capture a winning prize at the 2018 Rice Business Plan Competition.

NUvention Web + Media Teams Seek Feedback from Entrepreneurs, Investors

April 2018   Nearly 30 members of the NUvention: Web + Media advisory board attended the course's midterm presentations in March 2018, to give their expert advice to the Web + Media student teams.

from Medill

VC Competition Helps NU Students Decipher the VC Enigma

March 2018   VCIC, a day-long venture capital contest, aims to teach student entrepreneurs how to tackle enigmatic VC questions, and more, by putting them through a real-time investment test. NU student entrepreneur Rushi Shah shares his 3rd-place winning team's 2018 competition experiences.

Farley Center Success Story: Erik Robinson, Sintact Medical Systems CEO

February 2018   Erik Robinson, Sintact Medical Systems Founder/CEO, shares the in-depth story of his journey from NU student to successful MedTech-industry entrepreneur.

Student Perspective: 10X Momentum Awards

January 2018   Hosted by Chicago’s premier tech incubator, 1871, the 10th annual Momentum Awards celebrated the progress the city has made in establishing itself as a center of technology and startup culture.

Student Entrep Group Buds During Sprout San Francisco Trip

January 2018   EPIC's Sprout trip to tech mecca, San Francisco, was a whirlwind journey that taught NU student entrepreneurs to ideate, develop, and evolve as creative thinkers and as business-minded achievers—as recapped by Farley Center's Ria Hirsch.

Closing the Digital Divide - A Q&A With Mary Lou Song

December 2017   Mary Lou Song is the CEO & co-founder of FuelX, a direct response video targeting company and a Farley Center advisory board member. Song sat down with Medill graduate student, Reedhima Mandlik, to share her ideas on building career paths, on what students should look for to succeed, and on finding happiness in work and in life.

10X Momentum Awards Honor Chicago Entrepreneurs

December 2017   The 10X Momentum Awards, Chicago’s premier entrepreneurial award gala, took over the city’s Hyatt Hotel on November 6th, 2017, and showcased the accomplishments of Chicago’s network of entrepreneurs.

Farley Center Launches Undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurship

November 2017   At the Farley Center, a student’s passion for business is the only requisite for our Undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurship which will launch in Winter 2018.

Find Your Calling In Life – Be An Entrepreneur

November 2017   There has never been a better time than now to become an entrepreneur. Thanks to the growth of the Internet and the power of technology and global connectivity, a great product or idea can come from anywhere, anyone and at any time.

From Classroom to Career

November 2017   Zahid Panjwani (NU'14), shares how he began his entrepreneurial journey at the Farley Center, gained practical experience throughout his time at Northwestern, and eventually secured a career in startup business post-graduation.

A Better Approach to Co-Founder Equity Splits

October 2017   The traditional approach to negotiating equity splits is fundamentally flawed. Farley Center Faculty, Mike Moyer, explains why this is and the solution he has found.

Can a Startup Mentality Help Artists Succeed? Sittercity's Founder Thinks So.

October 2017   How can liberal arts students use startup lessons to launch their budding careers? That’s the question opera singers and entrepreneurs Genevieve Thiers and Heather Aranyi tackled in a class they developed at Northwestern University.

from Chicago Tribune

A Year of Progress: Farley Center's 2016-17 Year in Review

October 2017   The 2016-2017 academic year reflects a year of positive growth for the Farley Center in more than just student enrollment numbers.

NUvention Course Looks to the Future of Transportation

August 2017   From autonomous vehicles and drones to car-sharing services, the transportation industry is rife with headline-grabbing, disruptive innovations. Our upstart course at Northwestern University is getting in on the action.

from Northwestern Engineering

Behind the Scenes: An Inside Look at NUvention: Arts

July 2017   Spring 2017 NUvention: Arts Teaching Assistant, Zane Clarke Waxman, NU '17, explains why he calls Farley Center's NUvention: Arts course "an extremely exciting experience unlike any you will find elsewhere."

Something Educational This Way Comes

June 2017   Northwestern Ph.D. Candidate E.B. Hunter is making Shakespeare approachable for modern audiences — with an ambitious repackaging of a 400-year-old text as a video game.

Journey and Reward - A Q&A With Meenu Satiya, NU '17

June 2017   Meenu Satiya shares the academic and personal experiences she had taking our pilot NUvention: Transportation course in the Fall of 2017. She has worked at Airbus and Cessna, and is currently a Program Management intern at HERE Technologies. She graduated in 2017 with a Masters in Engineering Management (MEM). Satiya also has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from The Aeronautical Society of India.

Avenues to NUvention and Beyond

May 2017   Farley's NUvention program is structured to equip students with the skills most essential for the budding entrepreneur. Find out how the program empowers its students and how students enroll in it.

Silicon Valley Law Firm Visits Northwestern University for Day-Long Entrepreneur Boot Camp

May 2017   One of the biggest startup law firms in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), visited Northwestern University in late April to offer entrepreneurs step-by-step advice for forming and protecting a business.

Three NUvention Courses Deliver Diverse Innovations in Winter 2017

April 2017   This year, several breakthrough innovations came out of the Fall/Winter NUvention Medical, Energy, and Web + Media courses.

Launch's Winter Pitch Night Picks A Winner

April 2017   Launch, Northwestern’s year-long, student-led student accelerator helmed by student entrepreneurial group EPIC, picked a winner during its Pitch Night event in early March.

Farley + Medill Media Innovation Students Present Startup Ideas

April 2017   After 10 weeks of team-building and hard work, nine teams of Northwestern students pitched their startup business ideas March 7 to an audience of investors, entrepreneurs, students and faculty.

from Medill

SiNode Systems wins Sustainable Practice Impact Award

March 2017   Chicago-based company SiNode Systems has won this year’s Sustainable Practice Impact Award to honor a company that develops clean technologies, implements sustainable practices, or provides exceptional educational opportunities to university students.

When Do Startups Need An Accountant?

March 2017   Most startups bring in an accountant too late into the startup creation process. So when should startups make the call and outsource their accounting and tax work to an accountant? Certified accountant and Farley Faculty member, Joshua Lance, has the answer.

from Lance CPA Group

Smarter Energy Usage from Northwestern Spin-out Company

February 2017   Discovering how expensive off-campus electrical bills could be led Northwestern student, Akshat Thiranilay, to lay the foundation for Amper, a Northwestern spin-out.

Entropy and Entrepreneurship: Why the Successful Simplify

February 2017   The reason some very successful entrepreneurs simplify could be due to the same reason a cloud of smoke swirls and dissipates in the air or why the universe is expanding—it could be because of entropy.

Northwestern Material Science Startup Advances to 2017 DOE CleantechUP Competition

February 2017   Pitching to a panel of energy innovators at the 2017 Midwest CleantechUP competition was nothing new to Purpled, a Northwestern material science startup championing a compact, convenient, and cost-effective way to disinfect water.

Engineering Your Pitch: Insights From A Cornerstone Angels Meeting

January 2017   If you’re vying for early investment money, what’s said behind closed doors can make or break a deal.

Farley Center, Nuvention Courses, Highlighted in Dean Ottino's Award

January 2017   Dean Ottino's recent Bernard M. Gordon Prize recognizes his continued support of the entrepreneurship, the Farley Center and our Nuvention courses.

In Memoriam: Nancy Jo Farley (1930-2017)

January 2017   A message from the Farley Center in memory of Nancy Jo Farley.

Student Entrepreneurs Ignite Their Ideas At Wildfire

January 2017   The Garage's Pre-accelerator program is pairing with the Farley Center's Radical Entrepreneurship course, to help student entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to the next level.

from Northwestern Now

Farley's Startup Accounting Course Is Designed for the Entrepreneur

December 2016   This course's focus, from day one, is to strip away much of the tedium and monotony associated with accounting, and provide a unique spin on how accounting fits into the life of an entrepreneur.

Disruptive Innovation In The Marketplace

December 2016   NUvention: Transportation (ENTREP 450) professor and Farley Center Co-Director, Mark Werwath, shares his thoughts on disruptive technology and what it needs to succeed in the mass marketplace.

Blending Art And Business To Develop Next-Gen Ideas

December 2016   NUvention: Arts (ENTREP 495) shows students what it takes to launch a company in the age of digital disruption.

from Northwestern Now

The Ninth Annual Momentum Awards: Celebrating Chicago's Entrepreneurial Momentum

November 2016   The 2016 Momentum Awards, at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, honored the entrepreneurial momentum that’s been building in Chicago since 1871 - a year that holds significant culture and historical ramifications for the city.

Cultural Tourism Through VR

November 2016   Reedhima Mandlik, NU '17, attended the "Explore Your World in VR with CyArk: Exploratorium After Dark" event in San Francisco. Read her review.

Tinker. Tailor. Entrepreneur.

October 2016   Creating custom innovations for his dual-loves, hiking and photographer, led Northwestern Engineer, Jacob Morgan, NU '18, to design a new major that focuses on entrepreneurship.

Farley's Director, Michael Marasco, Named to VentureWell's Board

October 2016   Northwestern University’s partnership with VentureWell just got stronger. Michael Marasco, director of NU’s Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, has been named a VentureWell board member.

Bringing Technology to DIY

October 2016   Reedhima Mandlik, NU '17, walked, literally, into the realm of virtual reality during her visit to Brit + Co.'s Re:Make expo in San Francisco, California.

Electric car battery startup SiNode gets a charge from the Big Three

July 2016   SiNode Systems, one of the most promising spinouts from Northwestern University, got a big shot in the arm from the Big Three.

Farley Center 2015-2016 Year in Review

June 2016   The Farley Center engaged hundreds of students, alumni and faculty through courses and events this past year. Here are some highlights.

Startup Accounting: A Sneak Peek of New Course

June 2016   Two startup accounting veterans give a preview of what to expect from their class. How you crunch your numbers matters hugely to the success of your business, they said.

Farley Co-directors Spotlight NUvention Course Offerings

May 2016   Center co-directors Mike Marasco and Mark Werwath held an information session about the NUvention program's offerings. Applications for these experiential, interdisciplinary, mentor-based courses are now live.

Amper Revamps Energy Consumer Experiences

May 2016   Clean energy start-up enables clients to understand their energy usage on a per-appliance basis.

Innovative Food Service Foodrop to Be Launched by Students

April 2016   NUvention Web + Media students perfect a streamlined new food delivery service, Foodrop, set to debut in May. The service requires no minimum order amount or delivery fee.

NUvention: Energy Students Embrace Clean Tech with Sustainable Startups

March 2016   Ampér, FerraPower among 10 teams that pitched their clean energy businesses on March 8

from Northwestern Engineering

NUvention Students Pitch Medical Technologies

March 2016   On March 9, students pitched their ideas and business plans

from Northwestern Engineering

Steve Olechowski Breaks Down Sports Social

February 2016   Professor Olechowski, CEO of Blinkfire Analytics, harnesses social media to assess the value of sports logos, teams and star athletes.

from Chicago Business

Dean's Seminar Series: Howard Tullman Predicts Future Tech Trends

February 2016   Tillman talks industry trends like saving time, customization, attention as currency, and more.

from Northwestern Engineering

Northwestern Alum Makes Forbes 30-Under-30 List

January 2016   Audrey Cheng, co-founder of Moringa School, has been recognized by Forbes as one of the top 30 entrepreneurs in social entrepreneurship under the age of 30.

from Forbes

NUvention: Energy Alum Makes Forbes 30-Under-30 List

January 2016   Cary Hayner, co-founder of SiNode Systems, has been recognized by Forbes as one of the top 30 entrepreneurs in energy under the age of 30.

from Forbes

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