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Applications for VentureCat will open in March 2024.

To receive updates for students on upcoming events and program information related to VentureCat, please join the student e-mail list.

 VentureCat Application Components:

  • 10-slide pitch deck 
  • 60-second elevator pitch video (no graphics/animations, just you speaking to the camera)
  • Application questions based on the program's evaluation criteria 
  • A completed W9 for your company - please read full details on the eligibility requirements page

VentureCat is a startup competition, not a business idea competition. Applicants should be able to provide specific details regarding steps they've taken to build a product or service that is addressing a market need. 

Applicants may be in different stages with their businesses, but all applicants need to show progress beyond an initial idea.  

Review the evaluation criteria to determine if you are ready to address each area. Many applicants will be pre-revenue, although some may have already shown traction via sales or pilot programs.   

Student founders should be actively working on the startup, and able to demonstrate a level of commitment towards developing the business beyond VentureCat.

Resources to Prepare