Northwestern University’s prestigious Kellogg School of Business runs the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. Ranked No. 16 in 2010 by Entrepreneur Magazine and the Princeton Review, the program boasts that of the roughly 700 Kellogg graduate students, 75 percent take at least one class in entrepreneurship, with 10 percent specializing in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program. In addition, Northwestern has four entrepreneurship organizations and clubs, and six mentorship programs for entrepreneur-students (http://www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges/grad/1.html).
The interdisciplinary club, inNUvation (www.innuvation.org), links graduate and undergraduate students, as well as various schools within NU, including the McCormick School of Engineering, Kellogg, and the Bluhm School of Law. In addition to connecting students with the resources necessary to start their own businesses, inNUvation holds workshops, networking events, and venture challenges for NU students. As a research institution, Northwestern produces cutting-edge technologies and business theories. INVO (Innovation and New Ventures Office) helps members of the Northwestern community license and develop new companies based on university-developed innovations (http://www.research.northwestern.edu/invo/index.html). The Bluhm Legal Clinic, in partnership with the Northwestern School of Law, also runs the Small Business Opportunity Center for non-student entrepreneurs. The group helps answer legal questions for local small-business owners and non-profits. (http://www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/sboc/about/index.html). For more information on small business and entrepreneurship law, check out the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth’s special report, The Economics of Law and the Entrepreneur (https://www.law.northwestern.edu/searlecenter/issues/index.cfm?ID=39). The SBOC’s website also lists resources for small businesses. including federal, state, and city information pertaining to business, as well as links to banks, news organizations, model business plans, and funding sources at http://www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/sboc/resources.html.