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VentureCat Impact

Each year, VentureCat brings together Northwestern’s most promising student founders from across the University. But VentureCat is much more than a business plan competition — the event represents the culmination of the many layers of entrepreneurial resources and programming at Northwestern that impact the trajectory of student founders beyond their time at Northwestern. 

Past participants have gone on to raise millions in venture capital funding, participate in prestigious accelerator programs, launch new products, and create jobs through their business growth. The following video includes updates from a handful of past participants and highlights VentureCat’s impact and value in their entrepreneurial journeys. Additional details about these founders and their business are also included below.

VentureCat Impact Video - Featured Past Participants


Amper Technologies

Akshat Thirani Co-Founder & CEO 

Amper is a real-time factory production management solution that connects your people, processes, and assets in one place - providing high-impact visibility to meet your production goals and avoid surprises.

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Sarah Pinner Co-Founder & CEO

Beni is a browser extension finds the best secondhand swaps while you shop your favorite brands. It's like Honey meets Expedia for recommerce.

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Ben Preston, Co-Founder and CMO

Gearflow is simplifying the parts ordering process for heavy equipment fleets by providing better supplier access, communication, and reporting, all in one easy-to-use platform

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Kevin Kaspar, Co-Founder & CEO

InfernoGuard provides prompt wildfire detection and notification to large-scale landowners.

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Todd Cruikshank, Co-Founder and COO + Alexei Mlodinow, Co-Founder and former CEO

SIA develops next-generation solutions for reconstructive and aesthetic surgery that improve patient outcomes.

SIA was Acquired by Integra LifeSciences in Dec. 2022



Jaime Tabachnik, Co-Founder and CEO

Solvento is building the payment infrastructure for the trucking industry in LATAM. Helping small and medium sized shippers, logistics operators and carriers to make their payment processes easy.  

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Nicole Cuervo, Founder & CEO

Springrose designs adaptive intimate apparel that improves the quality of life for millions of women with limited mobility.

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Ben Weiss, Co-Founder and former CEO

Zcruit takes the guessing out of the football recruiting process, allowing programs to allocate time and resources in an efficient manner and improving overall recruiting yields.

Zcruit was acquired by Reigning Champs in December 2017.


Zuri Fertility

Blair Matthews, Co-Founder and COO + Giuliana Zaccardelli, Co-Founder and COO

Zuri Fertility At Zuri, our mission is to modernize fertility care for today's patients

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