Who We Are
The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was endowed in 2008 to help evolve engineering beyond the application of the sciences to the creation of businesses that capitalize on innovations. The gift was made by the James N. and Nancy J. Farley Foundation on behalf of Northwestern Engineering alumnus James Farley (EE '50) and his wife Nancy. The center serves as a resource for students, faculty, and alumni from across the University.
The Farley Center is facilitating the next generation of interdisciplinary learning at Northwestern by integrating many different disciplines. Farley brings together faculty from a number of schools to develop courses where students experience the entire innovation/business lifecycle — from ideation to prototyping and business plan development — to create innovative curriculum like NUvention which offers courses in creating web, medical, energy, and social impact companies.
Key piece of the Northwestern entrepreneurship ecosystem
Entrepreneurship at Northwestern is a diverse, complex world. The Farley Center serves a primary role in entrepreneurship education, programming, and support. The cornerstone of our approach to entrepreneurship is interdisciplinarity, which requires collaboration with our campus partners, ranging from Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI) to Medill to the Pritzker School of Law to The Garage.
Meet the Farley Team
There is a host of people working in and around the Farley Center to make it the distinguished resource it is today. From our staff and faculty to the renowned professionals on course advisory boards and Farley Fellows, the individuals associated with Farley offer invaluable contributions to its operation and reputation.
Farley serves several crucial roles:
Academics and Programs
Though situated in Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, Farley serves the entire Northwestern student community. Students from all six undergraduate schools enroll in Farley courses, along with graduate students studying business, law, medicine, and journalism, among other subjects. Farley’s approach to innovation and problem solving is always interdisciplinary. Every team or business developed in a Farley course comprises a mix of students from diverse academic and other backgrounds.
- Foundational courses in entrepreneurship
Courses which equip students with critical thinking and doing skills
Our flagship interdisciplinary courses, which expose students to the entire innovation and entrepreneurial life cycle
- Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship
- Graduate Minor in Entrepreneurship
- Mandela Washington Fellowship
Support for student, staff, faculty, and alumni startups
Startups at all stages utilize the expertise, extensive network, and perspective of the Farley Center staff. We offer one-on-one advising sessions throughout the year. Email us to schedule a session.
Advisers for academic and co-curricular pursuits
Contact us if you have any questions and for all academic pursuits related to Farley. The Farley Center team also provides co-curricular sponsorship and advising for its student groups. Follow the links below to learn more about each of the programs for which we provide advising: