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NUvention: Adv. Materials

NUvention: Advanced Materials, formerly known as NUvention: Nanotechnology, is a new partnership between the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN). Interdisciplinary students teams will be created and assigned to an NU faculty member to work on commercializing a technology the faculty member believes has potential. This technology will have been already disclosed to INVO and the faculty member has expressed an interest in creating a start-up to commercialize. There is no expectation for student-developed intellectual property. Any decision to create a start-up rests with NU faculty member, INVO and class faculty. The focus of the class is to determine a viable business model to commercialize faculty research. Student teams are not engaged in technology innovation, but their efforts may inform technology evolution. This singular focus has not been attempted in other NUvention classes. 

Quarter Time Location
Winter 2019 Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm Global Hub (2120)


View and download the current syllabus for NUvention: Advanced Materials, which is instructed by Mark Werwath and Jon Servaites. This course is offered in Fall.

Past Projects

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Why Advanced Materials?

NUvention has attempted to focus on areas where Northwestern has strengths with classes in the areas of Analytics, Medical, Energy, Web, Digital Media, and Social Entrepreneurship. Advanced materials and nanotechnology is a unique strength of NU with a long and established track record of commercialization already. Therefore, an obvious question is why should a NUvention class be offered. Reasons include:

NUvention: Advanced Materials Differentiators

NUvention: Advanced Materials differs from other NUvention classes in a number of areas:


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Advisory Board

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