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NUvention: Arts

Please note that NUvention: Arts will not run in the 2020-2021 academic year, but will return to the schedule in Spring 2022.

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

Recent Projects

Creative Collab

Creative Collab is a connectivity app that helps creatives find success in the film & TV industry.


Dandelion is a non-profit studio and co-working space that empowers creative communities.


Ensemble is a new business model that provides boutique artist-fan interactions.

The Seen

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

Advisory Board

Hank Adams, CEO of Sportsvision, Inc

Jaclyn Bucksbaum, Co-Founder of the Focus Foundation

Matthew Burnham, Managing Partner at Dragonfly Group, LLC

Chris Deutsch, Founder & Managing Director of Lofty Ventures and Re-Founder, Board Director & Investor of teaBOT

Bonny Dolan, Executive Producer at Comma Music

Freddie Feldman, Voice Design Director at Wolters Kluwer and CEO & President of VocoLabs, Inc.

Barry Friedland, Global Brand Manager at Peter Mars Authentic and Co-Founder of InnerWorkings

Liz Heller, Managing Partner at memBrain and Founder & Ceo of Personal PowerWorks and Co-Founder & Chairman of ScreenSpaces

Tom Giles, Co-Founder & CSO of Project Admission and Founder of Megatron Ventures and Partner at Fresh Science 

John Greene, Chief Product Officer

Zack Johnson, General Manager of Embedded Solutions at Visier, Inc.

Josh Kaplan, Owner of Troglia Kaplan LLC and Co-Founder of Leftbrain and Co-Founder of Songfinch

Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa, President & Artistic Director, The People's Music School; pianist

Mike Knoblach, President of Film, Music, and Publishing, Universal Pictures; NU alum; Deans' Advisory Committee Member, School of Communication

Kevin Law, CEO & Founder, Uncommon Content

Claire Lew, CEO, Know Your Team

PJ Loughra, Founder at EMÁJYN

Evan Lowenstein, Founder & CEO, Stageit

Jeff McCluskey, CEO & Founder, Jeff McClusky & Associates

Jason Narducy, Musician; founding member of the band Split Single

Ken Obel, Principal of goodcounsel, named "Best Law Firm for Startups" in Chicago by Above The Law

Julian Posada, President of LiftUp Enterprises

Dan Pounce, Television journalist, WGN-TV; radio talk-show host, WLS-AM; Founder, Straight No Chaser (a cappella group)

Andrew Razeghi, Founder & Managing Director, Strategy Lab, Inc.; Author; Lecturer, Kellogg School of Management

Chris Ritter, Co-Founder, Crafty; NU alum

Neal Sales-Griffin, Managing Director at Techstars Chicago

Jim Spinello, Co-Founder at Confidential; CEO at Birdsong Ventures

Jeremiah Seraphine, Product and Growth Advisor

Genevieve Thiers, Co-Producer and Tech Trainer at RUN the Series

Trish Lindsay Thomas, Co-Founder Whole & Free Foods, Dir. of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Lake Forest College, Adjunct Lecturer Northwestern Univ.

Zane Waxman, Creative Strategy & Artist Development at Jeff McClusky & Associates

Bob Wolters, CEO Advisory Board Member at Inc. CEO Project

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