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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.

For corporations, sponsoring VentureCat provides your company with a first look at leading innovations, as well as exposure to other organizations connected to the Northwestern entrepreneurial ecosystem. For individuals, VentureCat is an opportunity to give back in a way that directly supports student founders. If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for this year and future years, please email us at