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Perspectives: Entrepreneurship

Whether it's working on a team to solve an everyday problem or designing a business case for a promising technology, Northwestern entrepreneurs are confident in their ability to shatter convention and make an impact in the world. Across academic disciplines and market sectors, these entrepreneurs are seizing opportunities, challenging precedent and working with communities to find compassionate solutions for complex problems.


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Creating a more open workplace

“As a business owner, when you first start off, you only have five, maybe 10 employees. You all know and support each other. Then, you get to 20, 50 and you keep growing. Suddenly, you’ve lost touch, valuable employees are leaving and you’re the last to know. That’s the problem we’re trying to solve with Know Your Company.”

Learn how Claire Lew '11 SESP  helps CEOs ask the right questions, stay connected to their employees and increase workplace happiness here.

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Teaching coding confidence

"We need women taking up those opportunities to work on tech projects, but we also need to make sure that their voices are included in solving really important problems with tech."
Find out how Emily Harburg's '18 McC research on supportive learning environments in tech inspired her to start confidence-building coding camps for girls here.

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Predicting solar outages

“It costs a lot of money and a lot of manpower to detect an outage and restore power. We are able to confidently say, 80 percent of the time, that this panel at this site will go out within the next two months.”

Learn how Lance Li '17 KSM developed an algorithm to predict solar outages months before they happen, minimizing the cost of repairs and maximizing efficiency here.

Published: December 13, 2018. Updated: January 25, 2019.

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