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Student Resources

Below are helpful resources to consult when preparing to apply for VentureCat. Please review more details on what is required to apply here

Organization & Planning

Student Business Formation Resources website | Developed by Northwestern faculty & staff
This site includes guidance on many common questions and concerns about forming a business as a student. Students will find helpful information on complying with University IP policy, transitioning from class project to business, developing co-founder agreements and more. A Northwestern NetID is required for access.

How to Write a Great Business Plan by William A. Sahlman | Harvard Business Review

Build Your Lean Canvas | Techstars

Business Model Canvas: The One Tool Startups Need to Brainstorm, Test and Win | First Round Review


Sample Executive Summary

Mert Iseri NU ’13, SwipeSense 60-second elevator video pitch | Wall Street Journal

VentureCat 2020 Semifinalist Pitches | Playlist of recorded pitches on YouTube

TED’s Secret to Great Public Speaking by Chris Anderson | TED

30 Startup Pitch Decks And What You Can Learn From Them | Piktochart

31 Pitch Deck Slide Examples | Crunchbase

How to Pitch Your Startup | Y Combinator

Master Your Pitch | Techstars

The Pitch | Gimlet Media Podcast

Office Hours at The Garage

Sessions with experts held quarterly

Several of The Garage's quarterly office hour sessions are open to all Northwestern students. Seek consultation from experts in legal, accounting and marketing fields.

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