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Farley Faculty

Michael MarascoAngel InvestorClinical Full Professor


After 20+ years as an intrapreneur and entrepreneur, Michael joined the full-time faculty of the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in January 2007. Today he is a Clinical Professor at the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (FCEI.) Michael served as the Founding Director of FCEI to offer classes that would be available to all NU students to help them learn about the evolution of an idea into a business. Within 18 months of the Center’s creation, McCormick alum and entrepreneur, James Farley and his wife, Nancy, endowed it. The Farley Center's broad curriculum that includes Nuvention, a series of classes that simulate the acceleration/incubation process. NUvention has expanded from its initial program in health care to areas such as Web, Energy, Impact, Arts, Analytics, Impact and Networked Bodies. NUvention alumni have created many companies that have raised millions in capital and been acquired by companies like Google and Apollo Group.

Michael continues to be an early stage investor. He currently sits on the boards of a number of companies including Sportiqe, NuCurrent, Syndio Social, Agile Health and Ullo. He was recognized recently by Crain’s Chicago Business and TechWeek as a leader in the Chicago technology ecosystem.

Michael received his BS in Accountancy with high honors from DePaul University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Classes Taught

NUvention: Wearables

NUvention: Web and Media

NUvention: Therapeutics

Independent Study

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