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Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Corporate partners interested in student innovation and entrepreneurship get a first look at leading innovations, as well as exposure to other organizations connected to the Northwestern entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students across campus are involved in entrepreneurial activities and Northwestern’s vast entrepreneurship and innovation network provides a wide range of resources and support. Learn more about student innovation centers, institutes and offices below.

Student Innovation Centers, Institutes and Offices

The Garage

  • Interdisciplinary student incubator home to approximately 60 student-founded startups per academic quarter.
  • The Garage also runs an accelerator program, Wildfire, twice a year that offers students a quarter to work on an idea within team culminating with a “shark tank-like” demo day.
  • VentureCat: Our larger startup competition for more established teams takes place in May every year. We have 25 teams compete in six semifinal tracks: business products/services, consumer products/services, green energy/sustainability, life sciences/medical innovations, social impact/nonprofit and transportation/mobility.

Learn more about the Garage.

Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship (KIEI)

Focuses on innovation at all stages of the business lifecycle, specifically seeking connections in corporate innovation for speakers in the classroom, student groups and project work.

Learn more about Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship (KIEI).

Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Brings together faculty from an array of disciplines to develop a unique interdisciplinary curriculum in which students experience the entire entrepreneurial life cycle—from ideation to prototyping and business plan development.

 Learn more about the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Segal Design Institute

  • Educates innovators and design thinkers while expanding the research frontiers of human-centered design.
  • Design for America - National network of 1,300 current students on 40+ campuses with 850 (and growing) young alumni using design innovation and design thinking practices for positive social impact.

Learn more about the Segal Design Institute.

Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center (DPELC)

The DPELC clinical program has served hundreds of entrepreneurs while educating future lawyers about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinking through a variety of traditional, clinical, and simulation-based course offerings, a marquee annual conference, a speaker series and workshops and outreach efforts in the entrepreneurship community.

Learn more about the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center.