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At Northwestern, innovation isn't limited to one school, one program, one building. Innovation occurs at the intersections.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

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From Ideas to Reality

Northwestern scholars, scientists and students fearlessly challenge assumptions to imagine what’s next.

The goal? To make a difference and solve big problems. See some of this impact, by the numbers.

#14
among top worldwide universities granted US utility patents
37%
The Kellogg School has the highest proportion of female startup founders
1,000+
students, faculty, & staff visit The Garage each month

Projects & Products

Explore student ideas

In courses, student groups and self-assembled teams, Northwestern students learn how to harness their creativity and ambition to impact areas such as healthcare, energy and environment. Every quarter, they pitch these solutions to clients, investors and the world. They bring their ideas to life.

News & Events

Every day, new discoveries and connections are being made.

They occur all over campus, in labs and classrooms, at networking events and competitions. Read about the latest news and events from Northwestern's schools, research centers, student groups and more.

News

Creating artificial ‘muscles’ for safer, softer robots

Simplified, low-cost soft devices enable worm-like crawling, bicep-like lifting and more

Forget imitation crab — researchers test snackable snails

Shedd Aquarium and Northwestern students design tasty artificial shelled treats for ocean predators

Events

Q Founder Series | Project Leadership in Drug Discovery

July 18, 3:00 PM
Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center, 303 E. Superior Street
After 25 years at GlaxoSmithKline as a medicinal chemist and department director, in 2019 Mike Bishop started Bishop Dru...

FoundHer Stories | A Fireside Chat with Nishita Deka

August 9, 1:00 PM
Northwestern University's Querrey InQbation Lab is hosting the FoundHer Stories series to amplify the startup stories of...

FoundHer Stories | A Fireside Chat with Mariana Matus

October 21, 1:00 PM
Northwestern University's Querrey InQbation Lab is hosting the FoundHer Stories series to amplify the startup stories of...

More Innovation News

Northwestern names multimillion-dollar technology accelerator

Querrey InQbation Lab

Rendering of building facade.

The Querrey InQbation Lab will be a hub for university startup companies. It will provide a home for Northwestern’s highly entrepreneurial faculty to contribute to innovation through commercialization of sophisticated scientific discoveries as well as bring economic growth and opportunities to the Evanston and Chicago communities.

Initial renovations have enabled five Northwestern startup companies to move into the space, with a sixth startup moving imminently. The five companies are:

Acinta
HemoRhythmics
Rhaeos
Stemloop
Volexion