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Schedule & Key Dates

VentureCat 2022

  • March 2022: Applications open
  • April 2022: Semifinalists selected
  • Wednesday, May 25: VentureCat competition and Public Showcase

Fall Quarter (Fall 2021) Information Session

An info session on VentureCat, Northwestern’s annual student startup competition, will be held at The Garage on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 6:15pm. Register for the session here to get an early start on understanding application requirements, resources available to help you prepare and timelines. We have a few new updates for 2022. Applications will open in March. 

To receive all updates for students on VentureCat news, deadlines and more, please join the student e-mail list here.

Winter Quarter (Winter 2022) Information Sessions & Office Hours

Winter Quarter info sessions, workshops and office hour dates will be posted here when available. Below is a recorded workshop held last year on business entity formation and University IP policy. 

Business Entity Formation & University IP Policy Overview Session
This session featured Esther Barron, Director of the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center (DPELC), and Darren Green, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital and Practice and faculty in the DPELC. They covered commonly asked questions about entity formation and co-founder agreements. Sarah Kamper, Invention Manager at INVO, Northwestern’s Innovation and New Ventures Office, presented an overview of the University IP policy and steps to ensure you are working in compliance with all guidelines.

VentureCat 2021 

VentureCat 2021 was held on Wednesday, May 26. You may read the full recap here.