Student Experience

Resources to venture further

To complement a cutting-edge curriculum and our innovation-driven faculty, Kellogg offers a breadth of opportunities to meet the needs of launchers, builders, scalers and innovators for a customizable experience to tackle and solve problems in an increasingly complex business world.

With extensive opportunities in internships, fellowships and funding; a strong community with the foundation student clubs and organizations; and opportunities to hone your pitch and receive guidance in rigorous and highly valuable business competitions: Kellogg offers the knowledge, network and resources needed to propel you and your venture forward.

Kellogg students and, in some cases, alumni are eligible to participate in the following opportunities.

The Garage

The Garage at Northwestern University hosts challenges and competitions throughout the year, including Wildfire, a startup accelerator program.

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Entrepreneurship Funding

Student Engagement

Startup Legacy

Zell Fellows

Introduced during the 2013-14 academic year and funded by Sam Zell, the Zell Fellows Program combines resources, mentoring, experiences and community to provide an MBA candidate with the tools and resources needed to grow a successful venture upon graduation from Kellogg.

Design Wing Startup-in-Residence Program

The Startup-in-Residence Program provides dedicated workspace to Kellogg-founded student startups in the Design Wing of the Global Hub. This program gives highly-motivated entrepreneurs access to a personalized space to use in the way that best suits their needs and goals. The program showcases entrepreneurs and their ventures to the Kellogg community while providing students with valuable, individual workspace that is not easily found on campus.


At Kellogg, we recognize that business competitions provide a highly valuable and rigorous learning experience, regardless of whether your career goals include launching a business, growing an enterprise or designing a corporate innovation initiative.

Student Clubs

With 29 clubs and organizations supporting entrepreneurship, Kellogg entrepreneurs, innovators and scalers make the most of every opportunity. Kellogg offers experiential opportunities to maximize your time and build your network.

Internships and Fellowships

Whether you’re looking for financial support, mentorship, networking or opportunities to gain more real-world experience, you’ll find it here. Kellogg maintains a rich portfolio of internships, fellowships and awards to propel you and your venture forward.


VentureCat is a showcase and celebration of Northwestern’s most promising student startups, culminates in a pitch competition that offers cash prizes, mentors, graphic design assistance for presentations, pitch prep and more for the semi-finalists. For this coming year, thanks to a generous gift from Larry and Carol Levy, there will be over $250,000 in cash prizes distributed to student ventures. VentureCat distinguishes itself from other competitions around the globe by organizing competitors in five industry-specific tracks, which leverages the rich expertise of distinct schools from across the University in both graduate and undergraduate programs.

Technical Literacy Workshop Series

Experts in fintech, mobile, machine learning, cloud, etc. share insights on industry trends and future opportunities. Below are a few examples of insights available to students interested in entrepreneurship.

Varun Jain '14
Qualcomm Ventures Breaking into Venture Capital

Troy Henikoff
MATH Venture Partners Is Entrepreneurship Really For You?

Jack Philbin '07
Co-Founder and CEO, Vibes

Michael Moliterno
Deta Scientist and Design Lead, IDEO

Brian Mehta '99
CMO, Trading Technologies


Kellogg hosts entrepreneurship events year-round for students, alumni, faculty and a strong entrepreneurial network.


Our faculty and programming provide real-world insights and solutions to the broader business community.
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