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NUvention: Nanotechnology

NUvention: Nanotechnology is a new partnership between the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN). Interdisciplinary students teams will be created and assigned to an NU faculty member to work on commercializing a technology the faculty member believes has potential. This technology will have been already disclosed to INVO and the faculty member has expressed an interest in creating a start-up to commercialize. There is no expectation for student-developed intellectual property. Any decision to create a start-up rests with NU faculty member, INVO and class faculty. The focus of the class is to determine a viable business model to commercialize faculty research. Student teams are not engaged in technology innovation, but their efforts may inform technology evolution. This singular focus has not been attempted in other NUvention classes. 


View and download the current syllabus for NUvention: Nano, which is instructed by Mark Werwath and Jon Servaites.

Why Nanotechnology?

NUvention has attempted to focus on areas where Northwestern has strengths with classes in the areas of Analytics, Medical, Energy, Web, Digital Media, and Social Entrepreneurship. Nano is a unique strength of NU with a long and established track record of commercialization already. Therefore, an obvious question is why should a NUvention class be offered. Reasons include:

NUvention: Nano Differentiators

NUvention: Nano differs from other NUvention classes in a number of areas:


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