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 provides valuable educational experience and idea-exchange, thereby fostering commercialization, new venture formation, and hands-on experience in entrepreneurship. More information is available here.
The second annual Kellogg Real Estate Venture Competition will be held in Chicago on April 27, 2015. The team-based competition will showcase MBA students, who will have the opportunity to pitch to a high-profile panel of judges. The winning team will receive a cash prize of $100,000 and will have the possibility of securing up to $10,000,000 in equity funding.
Energy 2.0: Growth in a Post-shale Gas World, will explore business opportunities in a new energy economy fueled by cheap natural gas. The conference will provide insights on the impact of fracking on traditional business models in the energy and utility sectors, as well as implications for policymakers. In addition, the conference will discuss growth opportunities and risks in a global context and how industry leaders and entrepreneurs can best capitalize the benefits of shale gas.
The Innovation Group within U.S. Cellular® is sponsoring a team-based Innovation Challenge at Kellogg. This challenge will provide an opportunity for student teams to work on a real-world issue while leveraging their skills and creativity in solving unique business problems.
This is the local round of the international VCIC, used to name one Kellogg team to advance to the regional round. In advance of the Kellogg VCIC, students receive training on how VC firms conduct due diligence, prepare term sheets, and negotiate with entrepreneurs. Kellogg VC alumni provide practical feedback, coaching, and judging, and then select the winning team by the end of the day.
As a partner and one of five senior executives, Paul works with clients, partners, and colleagues to bring to market human-centric, commercially successful, and socially significant new businesses, products, services, and experiences. He is responsible for content excellence across IDEO, and is active in developing and publishing new thinking in the field of human-centered and design-led innovation.
KIEI has a variety of summer funding opportunities and internships available. Come learn about these opportunities here.
The Innovation Group within U.S. Cellular® is sponsoring a team-based Innovation Challenge at Kellogg. This challenge will provide an opportunity for student teams to work on a real-world issue while leveraging their skills and creativity in solving unique business problems. Come learn about this Challenge here.
Please join Dean Sally Blount '92, Professor Ben Jones, Professor Mike Mazzeo and an alumni panel including Larry Gies '92 and Scott Dorsey '99, for a discussion about growth.
Challenges in Middle Market PE and Early Stage VC Investing
will focus on new challenges faced by today’s middle-market private equity investors and early stage venture capital investors. Keynotes and panels will explore industries attracting investor attention, how investors are finding new opportunities, and new strategies for deal-making and sourcing.
A conversation with Dean Sally Blount '92, Professor Carter Cast '92, Tod Francis '83 of Shasta Ventures, and Sam Shank '04 of Hotel Tonight. Register online
"Filling the Governance Gap: Aligning Enterprise and Advocacy"
The 2014 Kellogg/Aspen Business and Society Leadership Summit: Today’s business leaders must consider the consequences of global governance gaps and the rise of “private politics,” in which corporations and NGOs are collaborating to address these gaps by imposing regulation of their own. The globalization of companies, the pressure of social media channels, and increased activity among advocacy groups have made this topic an especially important one.
Powering Innovation in a Dynamic Market
will explore how advancements in disruptive technologies are benefiting young companies and creating growth opportunities for traditional firms. Speakers will focus on the challenges and risks that come with the changing business environment and how industry leaders are approaching the future of energy.
All successful startups begin with the same recipe: a good idea, a great pitch, a hardworking team, a business plan. Some take years to get off the ground, but we're giving you two days. That's right—just 48 hours. We've revised the Startup Weekend blueprint of taking a company from concept to creation in 54 hours into a two-day event where NU student entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers and all-around business enthusiasts will be immersed in the business development process in overdrive. Hear from Michael Marasco, the director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Linda Darragh, the executive director of the Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. Plus Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal, co-founders of ContextMedia, will share lessons learned. Participants and spectators are welcome. Get details on the weekend's events and register online today. This could be the most productive weekend of your life!
As our economy grows increasingly complex, so do the problems facing our planet. To address these issues, leaders must work across sectors to create shared value. Harnessing Markets for Impact will explore strategies for connecting the next wave of business leaders with individuals who are creating social impact across enterprises.
Now in its seventh year, the Turnaround Management Conference continues to grow in strength. Once again, the Kellogg School of Management, in conjunction with the Larry and Carol Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice, will host the conference to provide executives, managers, investors, and students a forum to learn about factors critical to success in turnaround situations, address current challenges posed by today’s economic environment, and discuss current trends in the industry. Register online
November 29, 2012The J.W. Marriott Chicago151 West Adams Street Chicago, IL 606037:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.This event explores the entrepreneurial landscape, the age of founders and whether it relates to the long-term success of new ventures. It will feature a panel of influential leaders from Chicago:Guillermo Herrera '02, Chairman and CEO, Pinnacle BiologicsJonathan Miller '08, CEO, Element Bars and Co-Founder, Buzz ReferralsFrank Muscarello '03 CEO, MarkIT ExchangeJai Shekhawat '96 CEO, Fieldglass Inc.Please visit the Alumni website for more information.
November 7, 20121871 | Merchandise Mart 12th Floor6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Panelists:Mike Evans, Co-Founder, President and COO at GrubhubAndrew Sieja, President and CEO at kCuraMike Sands, President and CEO at BrightTag, Kellogg '96Robert George Chesney, COO at Trunk Club, Kellogg '98Please visit the Tech Speak event webpage for more information.
November 5, 2012Jacobs Center | Room G035:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.Reception to followGuest Speaker: Daniel Rosenberg ’97, Managing Director, Sterling PartnersPlease visit the KIEI KelloggGroups page for more information.
November 3, 2012Allen Center5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.The 2012 Conference, Profit and Purpose: A 360° View on Stakeholder Engagement will feature visionaries who are reshaping the way the world views and values social impact, innovators who are leveraging the potential of business to bring about wide scale social change, and leaders who are inspiring the development of new models and new talent to fuel the movement.Please visit the Innovating Social Change Conference page for more information.