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Schedule & Key Dates

VentureCat 2022

  • March 29, 2022 - April 8, 2022: Application Period
  • April 19, 2022: Semifinalists announced
  • May 25, 2022: VentureCat competition and Public Showcase

Fall Quarter (Fall 2021) Information Session

An info session on VentureCat, Northwestern’s annual student startup competition, was held at The Garage on Thursday, October 21, 2021. If you missed the session, you may view a recorded walkthrough of the materials shared.

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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 prep session from Winter 2021 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.