NUvention: Impact

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NUvention: Innovate for Impact is an interdisciplinary experiential learning program designed to expose students to the design and launch of market-based ventures that address unmet societal and environmental needs of both an international and domestic nature. The social entrepreneurial approach to addressing global challenges such as poverty, hunger, lack of access to sanitation, the need for sustainable energy supply and affordable health care will be the focus of the course. Innovate for Impact will walk students through the steps associated with creating and implementing a social venture—a venture that addresses a social issue while simultaneously being financially self-sufficient.

Students will be exposed to the user-centered design process for social impact, market and nonmarket contexts of resource-challenged settings and the nuts-and-bolts of launching a venture. In addition to the classroom component, Innovate for Impact is unique in that it will include a two-week field research component, where student teams are completely immersed in the communities with which they are working. Like other NUvention courses, Innovate for Impact represents the most aggressive attempt to allow students to create a start-up social venture within the framework of a class.

NUvention Impact - Promo Video from Christopher Egusa 
Kellogg School of Management


View and download the most recent syllabus for NUvention: Impact, which was instructed by the clinical assistant professor of entrepreneurial practice at Kellogg, Jamie Jones.


This course was previously instructed by Jamie Jones and the founders of Greater Good Studio, an innovation consultancy that uses design methods to solve social problems. It will now be led by Mark Werwath, the Director of Masters in Engineering Management in McCormick. Learn more about the faculty for NUvention: Impact.


Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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