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First Some Good News… Entrepreneurship promoted by several groups Why have two student clubs for entrepreneurship? Kellogg Law McCormick Feinberg Medill Both clubs serve broader audiences – only overlap is with entrepreneurship at Kellogg’ Students are encouraged to join both clubs

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Why have two student clubs for entrepreneurship?






  • Both clubs serve broader audiences – only overlap is with entrepreneurship at Kellogg’
  • Students are encouraged to join both clubs




Venture Capital

Private Equity

innuvation overview
InNUvation Overview

Mission: To kindle the entrepreneurial spirit by providing opportunities for education and idea exchange, thus fostering commercialization, innovation, and new venture formulation.

8 chapters university-wide




McCormick (Graduate and Undergraduate chapters)


Weinberg (Graduate and Undergraduate chapters)


Kick-Off Meeting


2006 07 year in review
2006-07 Year in Review

InNUvation has established itself as a nexus for interdisciplinary innovation at Northwestern

Kick-Off Meeting


2007 2008 innuvation events
2007-2008 InNUvation Events
  • Speakers
    • Paul Sagan – CEO of Akamai
    • Mary Lou Song – 1st Employee at eBay
  • Workshops (1 in Chicago)
    • Abstract writing and elevator pitch
    • Marketing
    • Finance
    • Intellectual Property
    • Investors
  • Applied Research Day
  • Feinberg Event (Chicago)
  • Law Event (Chicago)
  • Socials and Mixers
  • Mentoring and Office Hours
  • 2008 NU Venture Challenge
  • University-wide idea competition
  • Three round competition
    • Abstract submission
    • Elevator pitch
    • Final presentation
  • Judged by entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors
  • Last year, 60 teams and 200+ students representing all schools at Northwestern competed for $27,000 in prizes

Kick-Off Meeting


2007 nu venture challenge
2007 NU Venture Challenge

Kick-Off Meeting


2007 applied research day
2007 Applied Research Day

Kick-Off Meeting


why get involved
Why get involved?




Diverse ideas

Broad network


Building companies

Kick-Off Meeting


opportunities for involvement
Opportunities for Involvement

Join the listserv to receive communications about upcoming events

Participate in Applied Research Day

Participate in the NU Venture Challenge

Apply for an Evanston leadership position

Applications due by Friday October 12th

Visit our website for the application and a list of open positions (

Contact Matt Krutky if interested in becoming a Chicago Campus Leader

Kick-Off Meeting


leadership opportunities
Leadership Opportunities
  • NUVC Logistics
  • NUVC Judges
  • NUVC Mentorship
  • NUVC Communication
  • External/PR Marketing
  • Medill Chapter President
  • Speakers Director
  • Social Director
  • Corporate Relations
  • Alumni Relations
  • Co-Internal Marketing Chair
  • Graphics Designer

To apply, go to and complete the leadership position application form

E-mail the completed application to

Application deadline - Friday October 12th

Kick-Off Meeting


key dates
Key Dates

October 8th – NUVC Kick-Off, Paul Sagan (CEO of Akamai) and Mary Lou Song (1st employee at eBay)

October 12th– Applications for leadership positions due

Mid-November – Applied Research Day

February 22nd 2008 – NUVC abstract submission

Early-April 2008 – NUVC semi-finals

Early-May 2008 – NUVC finals

Kick-Off Meeting



Tejash Unadkat, Kellogg Chapter President (

Kick-Off Meeting



Overview of PEEK

  • Organization Goal:

Educating members about private equity and entrepreneurship, strengthening relationships with alumni, and facilitating career and networking opportunities

  • Who should participate in PEEK events?
    • All students interested in pursuing a role in private equity or entrepreneurship, whether directly after graduating from Kellogg or later in their careers
    • Students pursuing careers in industries in which they would be working with entrepreneurs or private equity professionals, such as investment banking, consulting or general management

What is Private Equity?

  • General Definition:

Equity capital invested in private companies

  • Who is investing?
    • Private equity firms invest capital on behalf of their limited partners
    • For simplicity purposes, we divide private equity firms into two general categories:
      • Venture Capital: Firms making investments in companies in their early stage of operation
      • Buyout: Firms making investments in companies in their later stages of operation. These firms usually recapitalize acquired company with some level of debt after transaction.

Club Organization

  • PEEK events will be targeted/marketed to one of three interests:
    • Buyouts
    • Venture Capital
    • Entrepreneurship
  • Why does PEEK cover all three?
    • Line is blurry between Buyout and Venture Capital investing. Students can learn investing principals in one area that might apply to other; having a club that oversees both encourages such insight
    • Individuals working in Buyouts and Venture Capital will often work closely with entrepreneurs, and vice versa. Having a club that oversees all three areas provides greater opportunity for interaction during business school
  • Students can, and are encouraged to, attend any PEEK event


John Thorpe


Anand Babu



Andy Phipps


Savinay Berry


Venture Capital

Laura Lester

Director, 1Ys

Mike Teplitsky

Director, Buyouts

Jeanette Cajide

Director, Careers


Faculty Advisors

Professor Rogers

Professor Stowell

Professor Petersen

Professor Sutter

Scott Whitaker

Professor Merkin

Professor Collins

Professor Hochberg


CareerLeader says you should be an entrepreneur… what now?

  • Get Inspired:Listen to speakers/panels that have been through it AND that you can relate to
  • Get Networked: Meet classmates, alumni, others that share your interests
  • Get Ready: Participate in business plan competitions, explore “platform” jobs

Entrepreneurship Events

Get Inspired

Get Networked

Get Ready

  • Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Range of entrepreneurs and investors come to Kellogg to speak
  • Search Fund Panel: Kellogg alums with search fund backing speak at Kellogg
  • Other possible panels:
    • Bootstrap stories
    • Working at a VC-backed company
    • Working at a company post LBO/MBO
  • PEEK Social Events
  • Participate in Kellogg Alumni Entrepreneur Conference
  • Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Trek: Opportunity to meet start-up firms, and their investors, in Silicon Valley
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship Panel

Other PEEK Events



  • KPEC:
    • Quarter-long projects for venture capital and buyout firms and start-up companies.
    • Applications due each quarter
    • Students matched with interested parties
    • Great opportunity for students to get additional, real-world experience while in school
  • Resume Review and Mock Interviews: First-years receive counseling from second-years
  • NFTE: Kellogg students provide mentorship to young entrepreneurs. Information session Thursday 11th Oct, 12.15pm, G36
  • Socials:
    • Opportunity for students interested in PEEK-related careers to meet in informal social situations
    • At least one per quarter
  • Venture Capital Bootcamp: General introduction to VC industry
  • Chicago Trek Day: Opportunity for students to meet firms in Chicago
  • Venture Capital Case Competition: Educational event. Preparation for national, intra-business school case competitions.
  • Silicon Valley Venture Capital Trek: Opportunity for students to meet firms in Silicon Valley

Get Involved

  • PEEK encourages you to do the following:
    • Sign up for listserv: Best means for keeping up-to-date on all PEEK events
    • Attend events: As mentioned throughout presentation, all Kellogg students are encouraged to attend all PEEK events.
    • Volunteer at events: PEEK events are organized and staffed entirely by students. There is plenty of capacity for interested students!
    • Apply to be member of PEEK leadership team:
      • Applications have been distributed through listserv.
      • Deadline for submitting applications is Friday, October 5th
      • Office hours this week in the atrium

Upcoming PEEK Events

  • PEEK Fall Social
    • Wednesday, October 3rd
    • 8:00 pm
    • Prairie Moon
    • Limited food and drinks provided- come early!
  • Private Equity Bootcamp Series
    • General Introduction:
      • Saturday, October 6th, 8:30 am
    • Buyouts Sessions:
      • Saturday, October 6th, 11:00 am
      • Saturday, October 13th, 8:30 am
    • Venture Capital Sessions:
      • Wednesday, October 10th, 12:15 pm
      • Wednesday October 17th, 8:30 am