Course FAQs

If your question is not addressed below, please contact KIEI at kiei@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Where can I find out more about the NUvention Web application process?
Visit the NUvention website for application and course details.  The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship at the McCormick School of Engineering manages the application process. Applications are accepted in the third or fourth week of the Fall Quarter, shortly after the annual Startup Weekend.  While the course is modified slightly each year, in general, Kellogg students are urged to participate in the Startup Weekend as a means to meet other NU students with the design and development and/or coding skills needed to launch a venture. Most Kellogg applicants who succeed in receiving permission to take the course have applied with a team that includes a designer and a coder. Individuals may apply, however the course has been more successful when teams apply. It is allowable for a team to be composed of all Kellogg students, provided their team includes members with the necessary skill set. The course duration is for both Winter and Spring Quarters.

Find information for NUvention Impact (Winter & Spring), NUvention Energy (Winter), NUvention Medical (Fall & Winter) via the NUvention website

Can I apply to more than one experiential learning ("EL") course to increase my chances of being admitted to at least one?
No, students may apply to only one lab course each quarter. Each lab course requires a minimum of 20 hours engagement (on site or virtually) with the host company, and taking two lab courses would require far too much of a time commitment in one quarter.

If I am interested in Entrepreneurship, but have no startup experience, which courses will provide an introduction? 
KIEI 462: New Venture Discovery -- Focuses on idea generation, team formation and testing key assumptions of a business idea.
KIEI 463: Successful Entrepreneurship -- Exposes students to a variety of case studies. 

If I am planning to launch a new venture immediately after graduation, which courses will be most helpful?
  • NUvention courses in your industry of interest, as well as New Venture Development and New Venture Launch, will provide practical know-how leading to a launch.
  • Experiential courses include Buyout Lab, Venture Capital Experience, Entrepreneurial Experience, and the Business of Commercialization.
  • Building block courses include the following:
    • The Entrepreneurial Firm: Building the Winning Team
    • Entrepreneurial Selling: Business to Business 
    • Entrepreneurial Selling: Skills & Strategies 
    • Entrepreneurial Tools for Digital Marketing 
    • Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs 
    • Business Law for Entrepreneurs 
    • Start-up Programming & Management 
    • Global Governance for Privately Held Companies
   
Find more information about the KIEI professors via the Levy faculty page.

Learn more about KIEI courses via the Course Catalog.

Questions about KIEI courses? Contact kiei@kellogg.northwestern.edu.