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INVO is an innovation hub for student inventors and entrepreneurs. Get started by learning about our resources, programming and support for students.

Inventions and intellectual property

Like Northwestern faculty, all students are governed by Northwestern’s Copyright and Patent and Invention policies.

  • If the invention has been created as the result of Northwestern space or collaboration with a Northwestern faculty member it will need to be disclosed.
  • If not, you can petition to formally release University intellectual property rights to you.

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Startup resources


Assistance and support

INVO can connect you with Northwestern resources specifically for student entrepreneurs, including training opportunities and courses, legal resources, mentoring, work space and funds.

Startup support for students

The Garage

Get to know The Garage, a cross-disciplinary space on campus designed for all Northwestern students to explore innovation and entrepreneurship. Apply to become a resident for 3-4 month-long programs, or attend non-resident programming such as workshops and courses.

More on The Garage

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Training Opportunities

INVO Practicum in Technology Transfer

Students who participate in this six-month program become interns at the INVO office, where they will gain hands on experience evaluating technologies for patentability and marketability.
Apply Now for INVO Practicum

N.XT Fund Associates

N.XT Associates are Northwestern graduate students typically from the Kellogg School of Management who are  trained to evaluate commercial opportunities and create market summaries.
Learn more about N.XT Associates