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Northwestern Faculty Discuss Startups in Farley Fellows Lecture Series
Other Farley Center Stories

Farley Fellows Discuss Startups in Lecture Series

The Farley Fellows Seminar Series began this fall with a selection of Northwestern faculty members who have succeeded in commercializing their technologies. Professor Gregory Olson kicked off the series back in October and professor Milan Mrksich closed the fall series in November with his "Slide-Into-Start" business model. See the complete list of our fall Farley Fellow lecturers below. Stay tuned for details on our next series of entrepreneurs.

Fall Farley Fellows

  • Gregory Olson, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Michael Peshkin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • J. Edward Colgate, Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Senior Professor in Design 
  • David Mahvi, James R. Hines Professor of Surgery; chief, Division of Surgery-Surgical Oncology; and chief, Division of Surgery-Gastrointestinal and Endocrine
  • Chad Mirkin, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemical and Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Milan Mrksich, Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Cell and Molecular Biology
View photos of the lecturers from this fall's series.

StartupNU 2013

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 gave students two days. That's right—just 48 hours.
In a two-day event Northwestern student entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers and all-around business enthusiasts were immersed in the business development process in overdrive. Plus, leading entrepreneurs shared best practices and lessons learned.

Visit to find out which teams came out on top and view photos from the event.

More from the Farley Center

The Tech World's Budding Case of MBA Aversion

Farley Center director Mike Marasco writes a Crain's Chicago Business op-ed on an anti-MBA culture rising in the tech entrepreneurship space.

Northwestern Formula Racing Gets Boost from the Farley Center

The Farley Center donated $5,000 for new workstations that will improve the design process for Northwestern Formula Racing's latest car.

SwipeSense Makes "WSJ Startup of the Year" Final Three

SwipeSense, a biomedical company that produces portable hand sanitizers, is recognized by The Wall Street Journal as an up-and-coming business. It was co-founded by Northwestern alums Yuri Malina and Mert Iseri.

myPower Takes Top Honor in Challenge Cup

Former NUvention: Energy team myPower wins 1776 Challenge Cup for their device for runners, which captures kinetic energy while they run.

Farley Professor Verinder Syal makes the Honor Roll

Farley faculty member Verinder Syal makes the Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll.

Patrick Awuah on the Road to Sustainability in Social Entrepreneurship

The Farley Center welcomed Patrick Awuah, the founder and president of Ashesi University in Ghana, to campus October 9, 2013 for a talk on the road to establishing his social entrepreneurship venture in higher education.
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