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Schedule & Key Dates

VentureCat 2021 

  • Applications Open - March 30
  • Applications Close - April 9 at 5p CT
  • Semifinalists Announced - April 19
  • VentureCat Competition Day & Public Showcase - May 26; Register to view the Public Showcase

Winter Quarter Information Sessions & Office Hours

Winter quarter info sessions, workshops and office hours have ended. If you missed these sessions, please view recordings linked below. A Northwestern NetID is required for access.

VentureCat 2021 Info Session
This session covered eligibility requirements, application processes and other details about the program.

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.

Office hours were also held with attorneys to consult on business entity formation and international founder questions. If you have questions, or need referrals to legal professionals, please email  

Applications Open

Applications open on Tuesday, March 30 and close on Friday, April 9 at 5p CT. Please review the Eligibility Requirements.

Semifinalists Announced

Semifinalists are expected to be announced on Monday, April 19.

Competition Day & Public Showcase

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

VentureCat 2021 will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 26. Semifinalists need to reserve the entire day for competition activities.

The Public Showcase Livestream featuring the finalist pitches starts at 7p CT and is open to the public to attend. Register via Eventbrite here