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Schedule & Key Dates

Below is information on key competition dates and Winter Quarter sessions to help students prepare for applying to VentureCat.  Please sign up for our student news e-mail list to receive the latest details on prep events and application timelines.

VentureCat 2021 

  • Applications Open - March 30
  • Applications Close - April 9
  • VentureCat Competition Day & Public Showcase - May 26
See below for Winter Quarter info session, workshop and office hours dates

 

Winter Quarter Information Sessions & Workshops

 

VentureCat 2021 Info Session

Wednesday Feb 3 at 12p CT and 6:15p CT

If you missed the info sessions, you may view the recording here (NetID required for access).

VentureCat, Northwestern’s annual student startup competition, will be held on May 26, 2021 (please note the date change) and applications will open in March. Attend this information session to learn more about eligibility requirements and benefits of the program. Last year we awarded $327,000 in non-dilutive capital to our 25 semifinalist teams, and we look forward to another year of celebrating entrepreneurs at Northwestern!

Business Entity Formation & University IP Policy Overview Session

Tuesday, February 9 at 6:15p CT

If you missed the session, you may view the recording here (NetID required for access).

VentureCat, Northwestern’s annual student startup competition, will be held on May 26, 2021 and applications will open in March. Teams must have a U.S. based registered business entity and its IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN) at the time of application. If you have questions about the business entity formation process, join us for this session with 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 will cover commonly asked questions about entity formation and co-founder agreements. Sarah Kamper, Invention Manager at INVO, Northwestern’s Innovation and New Ventures Office, will also present an overview of the University IP policy and steps to ensure you are working in compliance with all guidelines.

Winter Quarter Office Hours

 

Business Entity Formation General Legal Office Hours with Professor Steve Reed

Thursday, February 11, 1:30p – 3:50p CT

Sign up for a 20-minute session via Zoom with Professor Steve Reed, Clinical Professor of Law and Assistant Director, Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center to discuss general questions about business entity formation. Teams must have a U.S. based registered business entity and its IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN) at the time of application to VentureCat.

Slots were filled for office hours. If you have questions, please email venturecat@northwestern.edu.

International Founder Office Hours with Attorney Beata Leja

Friday, February 5, 12:00 – 5:00p CT

Sign up for a 1-hour session via Zoom with Beata Leja, Principal of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. to discuss questions about your individual situation as an international founder.

Slots were filled. If you are an international student with questions about VentureCat, please email venturecat@northwestern.edu.

 

Applications Open

Applications are expected to open on Tuesday, March 30 and close on Friday, April 9. 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 on Wednesday, May 26. More details about format and timing will be posted when available.