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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 has provided financial and judging support for VentureCat as an Energy and Sustainability track sponsor for several years. 

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