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Schedule & Key Dates

VentureCat 2022

  • February 2022: Info sessions and office hours -- see below for more info
  • March 29, 2022 - April 8, 2022: Application period
  • April 19, 2022: Semifinalists announced
  • May 25, 2022: VentureCat competition and Public Showcase

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Winter Quarter (Winter 2022) Prep Sessions & Office Hours

VentureCat 2022 Info Session

An info session for VentureCat, Northwestern’s annual student startup competition, was held virtually on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 6:15pm CT. VentureCat 2022 applications will open on March 29 and the competition will be held on May 25. 
Watch the recorded session here. 

Business Entity Formation & University IP Policy Overview Session

To apply to VentureCat, teams must have a registered business entity at the time of application. In February we hosted a virtual session with Esther Barron and Darren Green, of the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center. They covered commonly asked questions about entity formation and founders' 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. Watch the recorded session here.

Business Entity Formation Legal Office Hours

Professors Esther Barron and Darren Reed from the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center will host office hours on Friday, February 18th to discuss your questions on forming a U.S. based business entity or founders' agreements. Update - office hours have been filled.


Past Recorded Sessions

You can access the 2021 recorded session on Business Entity Formation & University IP Policy here

VentureCat 2021 

VentureCat 2021 was held on Wednesday, May 26. Read the full recap here.