NUvention: Web

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NUvention: Web is a two-quarter capstone course in which students work across disciplines and Northwestern schools to design, plan, and run web-based businesses. Project areas include iPad/Tablet App, Mobile Applications, New Media, Social Gaming, Twitter or Facebook Apps, eCommerce/Deals, Analytics, Cloud, Big Data or ideas from students in the program.

Teams are be able to continue to work on their projects after the completion of the course. Past NUvention:Web teams have gone on to make TechCrunch, PCMag, Rolling Stone and GigaOM headlines and join incubators, while others are bootstrapping and building their businesses to this day.


View and download the current syllabus for NUvention: Web, which is instructed by adjunct professor of the McCormick School of Engineering Todd Warren.

Current Projects

cardcastCardCast: A secure, cloud-based, digital version of your business card shoebox StickieStickie: Simple and streamlined tagging and retrieval for smartphone photos
alpacaAlpaca: Industry-leading social media analytics combined with psychological profiling vet-compareVet Compare: Smart shopping and price comparison for your pet’s health
STIdentifySTIdentify: Reducing STI transmission through a safe and secure sexual partner verification platform AthenaHireAthena Hire: The online platform for moms with high-end skill sets who want flexible, project-based work.
SwoleTrainSwoleTrain: brings customized weight lifting workouts to your phone. Set goals for yourself. Track your progress. Achieve your goals. GET SWOLE. Visit SEAMSEAM: Improving meeting productivity with an all-in-one tool for prepping, running, and recapping a meeting in record time
DivitDivit: For busy roommates who want to easily managed shared expenses, Divit is a mobile app that allows you to painlessly enter expenses the second you get them and automatically split them among your roommates. Visit Outrovert is the warm marketplace that allows Outdoor Enthusiasts to buy or sell used gear/equipment with fellow “Outdoorists” and also share stories from their outdoor adventures. This is a place meant for people who are not only passionate about the outdoors but enjoy connecting with others who share the same passion.

Past Projects

Since NUvention: Web began in Winter 2010, students have brought business ideas to life involving social-network advertising, photo-sharing, professional career tracking software and much more. Explore the projects seeded in the course.


One student called this course life-changing and the best decision made at Northwestern, but don't take our word for it. Take a look at honest feedback from former NUvention: Web students.

Advisory Board

The NUvention: Web Advisory Board is made up of dynamic professionals, including founders, serial entrepreneurs, and capital advisors. View bios and profiles of the NUvention: Web board members.


The NUvention: Web faculty is comprised of distinguished members of Northwestern's academic community. Get background information on these faculty members.


Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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