Events, Conferences and Competitions

Kellogg Events, Conferences, and Competitions

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Inspiration Days (SIEID)

Social Innovation

A Northwestern student uses a design research method to understand the motivations of farmers in Candelaria, Honduras.  Photo @ Galen Macluskey 

Passionate about using your MBA to positively impact the world? Eager to chart your social innovation path at Kellogg? Seeking fellow classmates that share your interest in food security, health/wellness, clean energy, water access, social justice, poverty mitigation, etc.? Over the course of a day and a half, we will help you find classmates who share your social innovation interests and prepare you to use your time at Kellogg to maximize the impact you’ll have on the issues important to you. You will hear from Kellogg social entrepreneurs about how they’re using their MBAs to start world changing businesses and from Kellogg faculty and staff about opportunities you will have throughout your time at Kellogg.   More information is available here

NewDay Innovating for Chicago Speaker Series
Read about the Chicago-based speakers who will speak on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  If you are looking for your "Big Idea" then speakers will help point you to areas that are ripe for disruption.

Entrepreneur in Residence Program
The Entrepreneur in Residence program enables students sincerely interested in entrepreneurship to learn from experts in a personable one-on-one session. Each quarter, 4-5 experts will be invited to spend an entire day meeting with students in 30 minute sessions to answer any question that s/he has and to provide advice.  E-I-R’s include experienced entrepreneurs and investors. 

Students that attend these meetings report multiple benefits:
• Customized, tailored feedback on the students’ venture or concept
• An experienced view of entrepreneurship challenges already overcome by the E-I-R
• A point-of-time by which to organize the most salient questions relating to the venture or aspirations to be an entrepreneur
• Confidential answers to questions
• Potential networking benefits
• Potential relationship with the E-I-R

Sign up for an appointment with an E-I-R on Campus Groups.  Email your questions to

Venture Capital Investment Competition
VCIC Winners

Pictured here are students and volunteer entrepreneurs and judges just after the winning Kellogg VCIC team was announced: Robbie Salter JDMBA '13, David Fischer '13, Guest VC Judge Robert Zierserl of KB Partners, Guest Entrepreneur Mikah Mackison of NexHand, Guest VC Judge Gabe Greenbaum of New World Ventures, Viren Tellis JDMBA '13 and Adam Hopson JDMBA '13. Not pictured: Rushi Sheth '13 

The team later went on to capture the Mountain regional title. Photo @ Adam Hopson, JDMBA '13

The Kellogg Venture Capital Investment Challenge (VCIC) was first introduced during the 2012-2013 academic year, and is sponsored by the Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI). The purpose of the challenge is to select the team that will represent Kellogg in the national VCIC, run by the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina.

The Kellogg VCIC during the 2013-2014 academic year will be held at the end of January. In advance of the Kellogg VCIC, students will receive training on how VC firms conduct due diligence, prepare term sheets, and negotiate with entrepreneurs. Kellogg VC alumni will provide practical feedback, coaching and judging for the Kellogg VCIC.

Northwestern-wide Events, Conferences, and Competitions

KIN Global
The Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) is a platform for on-going collaboration between Kellogg faculty, corporate innovation leaders, nonprofits and government. Founded in 2003, the KIN facilitates strategy and management dialogue to promote innovation led growth and build long-term value.

The KIN Global Summit is a flashpoint for innovation and action that fosters global prosperity. We unite top leaders from myriad professions, countries and industries to define what it means to build and sustain a prosperous global society. Read more about KIN here.

NUVenture Challenge
NU Venture Challenge is Northwestern’s largest business pitch competition, open to all of Northwestern’s schools and disciplines. It seeks to provide capital to the best student startups. It also seeks to present these terrific start-ups to the Northwestern, Evanston, and Chicago community at the annual Entrepreneur Conference. NUVC is the cornerstone event of Northwestern’s entrepreneurial community, as it provides valuable educational experience and idea-exchange, thereby fostering commercialization, new venture formation, and hands-on experience in entrepreneurship. 

Startup NU 
Startup Weekend will take place on November 9-10, 2013.  More information is available here