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Schedule & Key Dates

VentureCat 2022

VentureCat 2022 is expected to be held on Wednesday, May 25.

VentureCat 2021 

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

  • Applications Opened - March 30
  • Applications Closed - April 9 at 5p CT
  • Semifinalists Announced - April 19
  • VentureCat Competition Day & Public Showcase - May 26

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