A cross-disciplinary approach to endeavors constitutes a core value of Northwestern University, my alma mater. The mixing of ideas and resulting tensions creates a perfect wavelength for new approaches. On May 23rd, I had the great pleasure to be a semi-finals judge and meet an enthusiastic support team for the Entrepreneurship program at the Northwestern VentureCat competition.
All of the various schools have contributed teams to the mix. The Garage at Northwestern serves as a central meeting place for cross-campus entrepreneurial activity. Yesterday, the magnificent new Global Hub for the Kellogg School of Management served as the scene for the annual Northwestern VentureCat competition.
Numix, a materials science company treating heavy metals in wastewater, scored top honors. Brew Bike, a nimble cold-brew coffee company won second place, and Rheos, a medical device play focusing on shunt maintenance secured third place.
As to be expected from the top-tier corporate and media experience of the Kellogg students, and the domain expertise of the various students from other schools, the presentations were polished, with novel approaches to a wide range of opportunities.
Yesterday's competition was the 11th such event for NU, with an ever-expanding list of alumni helping the cause.
Northwestern looked its best with fresh gardens, budding trees and the mesmerizing Lake Michigan in the background. I'm biased, but it's hard to imagine a more beautiful and optimistic environment from which to make an entrepreneurial launch - in the springtime anyway!
As a music major, I had to spend some time at the incredible Bienen School of Music and the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, marveling at the elegant and expansive architecture built to house the vigorous instruction and performances within.
Northwestern's cross-disciplinary has proven itself to be transformative from my experience, having built a community music school (CYM) while applying a multi-dimensional analysis to investments I've made along the way.
Thanks to everyone at NU who organized and participated in a fantastic competition.