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The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is dedicated to helping you develop your entrepreneurial skills and abilities so that you can thrive in an ever-changing world. We believe every student can use entrepreneurial thinking to identify and address new challenges and opportunities. That is why we bring together faculty from an array of disciplines to teach a unique interdisciplinary curriculum in which you can experience the entire entrepreneurial life cycle — from ideation to prototyping and business plan development. So, whether you want to be a consultant, artist, activist, or business owner, our courses meet you where you are in your entrepreneurial journey.

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About the Farley Center
Who We Are and What We Do

  • Focused on Education

    Focused on Education

    The Farley Center serves as Northwestern’s primary source of entrepreneurship education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We offer a minor for delving deep into entrepreneurship, as well as single courses if you want to sample our offerings or just try something new.

  • Open to All Northwestern Students

    While offered through the McCormick School of Engineering, Farley Center classes are open to students from all schools within Northwestern University. Are you a music student looking to innovate in a dynamic and evolving industry? Are you a journalism major who dreams about new ways to share stories? Check us out.

  • Breaking Barriers to Innovation

    You don’t need to be tech savvy or have personal access to large amounts of capital to become an entrepreneur. The Farley Center can provide you with the skills, connections, and mindset you need to move your unique ideas into the world.

  • Embracing Cross-disciplinarity

    Embracing Cross-disciplinarity

    By drawing on faculty and students from across campus, as well as mentors and guest speakers from beyond the university, the Farley Center connects diverse thinkers to generate innovative teams and ideas.

Courses & Programs
What We Teach

The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers interdisciplinary courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels that are open to all students at Northwestern University.

Undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurship

Innovation is more than an idea. It's a mindset. The undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship is designed to give you the practical tools, education, and mindset to start a business, grow your venture, or make innovation a part of any career path you choose.

Graduate Minor in Entrepreneurship

The graduate minor in entrepreneurship is designed to provide the requisite skill sets to students who plan to create or participate in a start-up endeavor during their careers. It can also provide knowledge to assist researchers when traditional funding sources no longer exist and commercialization is the next logical step.

NUvention Courses

NUvention is our flagship interdisciplinary and experiential learning program designed to expose you to the entire product and business development lifecycle in a variety of specialized fields. In doing so, the NUvention program can help you understand how innovations become viable businesses.

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Other Individual Courses

You can also take Farley courses other than NUvention without committing to completing a minor. We offer a variety of individual courses focused on particular areas of expertise that will prepare you for your next entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship venture.

For example:

  • Learn about the basics of starting a company in Principles of Entrepreneurship (ENTREP 225)
  • Understand how to identify a problem and build a business to solve it in Engineering Entrepreneurship (ENTREP 325)
  • Explore how to grow your personal brand in Personal Branding and How to Grow Your Fanbase (ENTREP 310)
  • Refine your storytelling skills so you can nail an interview, motivate a team, secure funding, or inspire your future customers in Storytelling for Business (ENTREP 311)
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