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VentureCat is Northwestern’s annual student startup competition and celebrates the University’s most promising student founders. The program culminates in a pitch competition in which more than $325,000 in non-dilutive prize money is distributed to student ventures. The program and non-dilutive prize money awarded to student ventures is made possible by generous sponsorship from the Levy Institute and Lanny and Sharon Martin, and Exelon, our Energy and Sustainability track sponsor.

VentureCat (formerly NUVC) was the first time that we had presented to investors and our success in winning money in the Energy track certainly gave us the confidence that we could go out, raise more money and build the business. ”

Dave Snydacker

Lilac Solutions

Energy & Sustainability Track Winner, 2016

Lilac Solutions has raised more than $20 million in Series A funding.