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The VentureCat program and non-dilutive prize money awarded to student ventures is made possible through the generosity of donors and sponsors. 

VentureCat is powered by the Levy Institute and co-sponsored by Lanny and Sharon Martin.

Lanny Martin is a longtime trustee of Northwestern University and earned his bachelors in 1968 and his JD from Northwestern University School of Law in 1973. Larry Levy is also a longtime trustee and received his MBA from Kellogg School in 1968.

Exelon also provides financial and judging support for VentureCat as the Energy and Sustainability track sponsor.

For corporations, sponsoring VentureCat provides organizations an inside view into the innovative products, services, and technologies being developed by Northwestern's most dedicated student entrepreneurs. For individuals, VentureCat is an opportunity to give back in a way that directly supports student founders and the University's entrepreneurial ecosystem more broadly.

To learn more about VentureCat sponsorship opportunities, please email us at

In Memoriam: Honoring Legacy of VentureCat Benefactor

Remembering J. Landis Martin

J. Landis Martin







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