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Engineering Entrepreneurship: ENTREP 325 & IEMS 325

This experiential course is a capstone option for the Farley undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship. It is also a valuable course for graduate students in engineering fields. The goal of the course is to introduce students to innovation-driven entrepreneurship, a process by which emergent technology serves as the catalyst for new venture formation. In partnership with Northwestern’s Innovation and New Ventures Office, this course challenges student teams to develop strategies for commercializing cutting-edge technologies. Each year, the course focuses on a significant innovation space.

The fall 2021 section of the class will focus on innovations that can address society’s upcoming challenges in sustainability and healthcare, drawing on advances in materials, green chemistry, and synthetic biology. Students taking this class will learn how to quickly gain proficiency in new fields of technology and learn the fundamentals of customer discovery, product-market fit, revenue modeling, and financing.

Quarter Offered

Mondays at 6 – 8:50 p.m.


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Course Details

Prerequisites: Startup Accounting & Finance: ENTREP 330

Requirements that this course satisfies: Serves as core requirement for the Farley undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship as one of several “experiential course” options. It can also fulfill an  elective requirement for the Farley graduate minor in entrepreneurship. It also serves as a management science elective for the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering program and can count towards a concentration in either Management Science or Entrepreneurship for students in the same program.  

Duration: 3 hours, once per week; 1 quarter

Class size: 35

Who Should Enroll

Open to all Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students, particularly those who have an interest in engineering.

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