When I arrived in Evanston in Fall 2009, there was little - if any - acknowledgement that Kellogg, and Northwestern, should be a place that a person should consider if they were genuinely interested in entrepreneurship. Since then a number of new initiatives have arisen. Here are some of the notable ones:
- Northwestern's Farley center expanded its NUvention entrepreneurship courses from one to three, and won national acclaim for them.
- At Kellogg, the Levy Center has opened an incubator to support student startups.
- For social entrepreneurship, there is noticeable support from the Levy Social Entrepreneurship Lab and KIN (pdf).
- The tradition of Northwestern Entrepreneurship Week was started last year. This year's is this coming week.
The reality is, entrepreneurship plays a huge role in the economies of countries and the world. While Stanford may be a hub in the West, and MIT a hub the the East, the Midwest has been lacking strong leadership in this area. This is a shame, because entrepreneurship in the Midwest has its own, unique culture.