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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. Learn more about our 2021 semifinalists here.

VentureCat 2021 was held virtually on Wednesday, May 26. If you couldn't join us, you may watch the full Public Showcase LIvestream online here. VentureCat 2022 is expected to be held on Wednesday, May 25.

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 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.

We always look forward to giving our semifinalists a large stage to share their ventures with the world at the Public Showcase!

Watch VentureCat 2021

VentureCat was held virtually again in 2021. 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.