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The VentureCat Public Showcase celebrates Northwestern’s most-promising student founders and is open to students, alumni, investors and the general public. 

To begin competition day, semifinalist teams pitch their ventures to industry experts organized in five separate tracks in private sessions. Finalists are announced and they move onto one more round of closed-door pitching and Q&A with a new panel of esteemed judges. The day ends with the public event, which includes a keynote speaker and finalist teams pitching to the crowd. 

Audience members vote for their favorite venture to award the audience favorite vote prize and the finals winners are announced.

Whether we are hosting the event virtually, or in person we look forward to giving our semifinalists a large stage to share their ventures with the world at the Public Showcase event.

Save the date for VentureCat 2021 – Wednesday, May 26! More information on event registration will be posted as available. Sign up to receive updates with registration information via email.

Watch VentureCat 2020

VentureCat went virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic. While we missed gathering with everyone in person, the finalist pitches during the Public Showcase were watched via livestream by hundreds of alumni, investors, friends and family across the globe. View the recorded Public Showcase event below.