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NUvention: Energy

Applications for Winter 2018 NUvention: Energy are open until November 15th, 2017, 11:59 PM CST. Click here to apply for Winter 2018's NUvention: Energy

NUvention: Energy responds to the demand for innovation and entrepreneurship in the sustainable energy and clean tech space that will increasingly be required to deal with climate change, resource constraint, and other environmental challenges. The Farley Center partnered with the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern to offer this course through the McCormick School of Engineering. 

Students from engineering, business, arts and sciences, law and other graduate schools across campus come together in interdisciplinary teams to develop a product or service, and a business plan, in the sustainable energy or clean tech industry. The objective of the course is to provide students with a realistic simulation of the challenges and opportunities entrepreneurial founding teams face trying to create a business around technologies or services that both meet a market need and have a positive environmental impact.

Past NUvention: Energy teams have gone on to compete in national business plan competitions and have collectively won more than $1 million dollars.

Quarter Time Location
Winter 2018 Mondays, 6-9 p.m. ITW Classroom (1.340) | Ford Design Center


View and download this year's syllabus for NUvention: Energy. The course has been and will be instructed by clinical professor and co-director of the Farley Center Mark Werwath. This course is offered in the winter. 

Past Projects

Since NUvention: Energy debuted in Spring 2010, students have created business models involving solar energy, thermoelectric technology, waster batteries and much more. Learn more about projects in past years.

Advisory Board

NUvention: Energy Advisory Board members bring expertise and perspective from a variety of relevant disciplines and contexts, including law, business development and consulting. View bios and profiles of the NUvention: Energy board members.


The NUvention: Energy faculty is comprised of distinguished members of Northwestern's academic community. Get background information on these faculty members

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