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NUvention: Arts

NUvention: Arts for Spring 2020 will NOT have applications, however, undergraduate students will need to submit a resume to Ryan BrownlowNUvention: Arts (ENTREP 476) targets students from across Northwestern with a passion for the arts. Our hope is to facilitate the creation, innovation, and organization of new ideas and companies in the field of creative arts. The goal of this course is to help students understand that success in the arts is a function of passion, work ethic, talent, and entrepreneurial drive. Those applying for this class should share a desire to learn about and/or desire to start a company in the creative arts. 

In the past twenty years, digital disruption has upended many industries including the music, film, and television, and has erased most of the barriers to entry in those industries. Furthermore, the transparency of the Internet has shifted the power from large corporations to anyone who has a great idea, talent, and Internet connectivity. Digital technology allows artists to have greater control over their careers and enables entrepreneurs to create new companies that disrupt the traditional way of doing things.  

NUvention: Arts studies how different industries within the arts currently work and examines opportunities for disruption through a variety of teaching approaches including:


Quarter Time Location
Spring 2020 Fridays, 9:00 am - 11:50 am The Garage Workspace Classroom 1


View a previous syllabus for NUvention: Arts (ENTREP 476)

Recent Projects

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The Seen

The Seen stimulates local music scene by gamifying the engagement and attendance of community members at events.

Advisory Board

Willem Bakker, Innovation Coach

Tom Burns, Director of Business Development, IoT Analytics at Intel

Thomas Chiang, Catapult Chicago, Executive-In-Residence, MATTER Chicago, mentor

Tim Collins, Chief Technology Officer, Business Development, Electrical Engineer

David Jakopac, Vice President and Co-Founder at Lisle Technology Partners, LLC

Anne Marie Johlie, Senior Program Director at Mobilitie

Valinda Scarbro Kennedy, IBM Academic Initiative Skills Leader and Architect

James Kouris, Board Member at The Incubator - Science Innovation Labs

Dean Malmgren, Co-founder at Datascope Analytics

John Nelson, President of The Applied Research Company

Plamen Petrov, Director, Cognitive Technology, KPMG

David Rosen, Founder and CEO of TechXFoundry, Partner of Acrelic Group

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