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VentureCat 2023: Northwestern's Annual Student Startup Competition

When: Wednesday, May 31, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT

Where: Kellogg Global Hub, White Auditorium, 2211 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: The Garage   (847) 467-7155

Group: The Garage

Category: Lectures & Meetings


VentureCat is Northwestern’s annual student startup competition and celebrates the University’s most promising student founders.

The program culminates in a pitch competition in which more than $325,000 in non-dilutive prize money is distributed to student ventures. The program and non-dilutive prize money awarded to student ventures is made possible by generous sponsorship from the Levy Institute, Lanny and Sharon Martin and Exelon.

Join us on Wednesday, May 31 at 6 PM CT for the Public Showcase where we will feature the six finalist teams and their pitches. You will vote to award our audience favorite prize and we will announce our finals prize winners–including the grand prize of $150,000.

Our 25 semifinalist teams span five tracks - Business Products & Services; Consumer Products & Services; Energy & Sustainability; Life Sciences & Medical Innovation; and Social Impact.

This event is free and open to the public to attend. We're excited to offer a hybrid event, with an in-person showcase on Northwestern's Evanston campus and a livestream. 

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