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Kellogg – Q Lab Entrepreneurial Residency

Spring 2024

Kellogg and the Querrey InQbation Lab are collaborating to offer a unique one-quarter Independent Study course, the Kellogg – Q Lab Entrepreneurial Residency.  This program offers MBA students the opportunity to be embedded in Northwestern research centers with facilitated University connections through structured entry points into cutting edge technology areas and offers exposure to cross-disciplinary research.

Information sessions took place at The Global Hub in January 2024 and featured an assortment of project pitches from research scientists based in Centers and Institutes including:

Based on the needs of each research project and interest of the PI, the MBA student may conduct a market study, a competitive analysis, a gap analysis or an initial assessment of commercialization potential.  They are expected to devote approximately 6-8 hours per week.  The MBA students may request to use a stipend of $2000 to support relevant market reports, customer discovery and trade show travels, etc

Application Process

Applications for the Kellogg-Q Lab Entrepreneurial Residency are due on Friday, February 9, 2024. To access the application form, follow the LINK HERE. This form will ask you to rank up to 3 labs/projects for your preferences and attach a cover letter to discuss your interest in the program and your selected projects, as well as why you are uniquely positioned to bring value to the research team. The application review team hopes to have final decisions sent out by February 23. *NOTE: Kellogg students are encouraged to bid for classes assuming that they will not be selected for the Independent Study.*

Pitch Summaries and Recordings

Below are the ten NU research labs that pitched a project for the KQ Entrepreneurial Residency. To review videos of each of the pitches, follow the LINK HERE.

  • Yosi Kratish (Prof. Tobin Marks, Trienens Institute for Sustainability & Energy): Catalysts that can depolymerize nylon-6 to its monomers with high efficiency to reduce environmental waste and promote the circular economy
  • Rebecca Keate (Prof. Guillermo Ameer, Center for Advanced Regenerative Engineering) Novel molecule with antioxidant properties to promote wound healing for severe burns and skin ulcers
  • Jack McGee (Prof. Neil Kelleher, Chemistry of Life Processes Institute): Platform to improve the drug discovery process by helping developers understand more precise biological implications in preclinical and clinical trials
  • Prof. Matthew Major (Prosthetics-Orthotics Center): A mechanical testing system for prostheses and orthoses to aid clinical decision-making 
  • Prof. Nathan Gianneschi (International Institute for Nanotechnology) and Dr. Kurt Lu (Lurie Cancer Center): An engineered mimetic of natural skin melanin, harnessing the reparative anti-oxidant properties for use as a therapy for skin burns and a cosmetic ingredient for anti-aging
  • Samuel Pennell (Prof. David Dunand, Trienens Institute for Sustainability & Energy): A process and formulation solution to reduce performance degradation during cycles of use for Fe-Air batteries
  • Bin Chen (Prof. Ted Sargent, Trienens Institute for Sustainability & Energy): New perovskite solar cell technology offering greater energy efficiency and a cost-effective alternative to silicon solar cells
  • Prof. Jonathan Rivnay (Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics): Living cell therapeutic implants that allow long-term treatment
  • Jihye Kim (Prof. John Rogers, Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics): Platform to detect lactating milk production and consumption by NICU babies
  • Matthew Flavin (Prof. John Rogers, Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics): Epidermal virtual reality device

Once accepted, the MBA student will engage for the entire quarter by:

  • Initiating follow-meetings with faculty
  • Joining group meetings
  • Scheduling one-on-one meetings with graduate student/post-doctoral researchers
  • Attending relevant seminars
  • Organizing two mixers with researchers (April and May)
  • Coordinating and scheduling biweekly meetings with Kellogg mentors
  • Presenting their work at the end of the quarter

If you have any questions, please feels free to reach out to the InQbation Lab team at