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New in NUvention: Impact

NUvention: ImpactThe NUvention: Impact course is pivoting this spring to a new, local focus under the instruction of professor Mark Werwath.  In the past, the course led students abroad to test design methods to solve social issues. Now, they'll be working to solve problems in their own backyard.

“We've got a lot of problems right here," says professor Mark Werwath. "Let’s get to it.”

From 2012 to 2014, the Kellogg School of Management hosted the NUvention: Impact course. Students walked through the steps to create and implement a social venture that not only addresses a social issue, but maintains financial self-sufficiency. Along the way, students were exposed to a user-centered design process.

While students will still be expected to develop social ventures in the course, the focus will shift from design-based impact in regions around the world to developing strong business models with hyperlocal influence.

Students will study Harvard case studies that highlight various aspects of social entrepreneurship, as well as some living case studies with guest speakers from a variety of social entrepreneurship contexts, Werwath explains.

We also hope to have some local field trips planned to cover various aspects of social entrepreneurship in the Chicagoland area, he adds.

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