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 hyperlocal challenges that affect the City of Chicago. 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. 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.

In 2014, NUvention: Innovate for Impact was instructed by the clinical assistant professor of entrepreneurial practice at Kellogg, Jamie Jones, in a two-quarter format. Once the new syllabus is finalized, it will be posted here. Please note that the format and professor for the class have changed; it is now a one-quarter class, instructed by Mark Werwath in spring quarter.

Advisory Board

The members of Nuvention: Impact Advisory Board bring a lot of expertise and leadership experience from a variety of disciplines and career paths, including healthcare, education, and design consulting. View bios and profiles of the NUvention: Impact board members.


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.


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