Northwestern’s best and brightest student startups compete May 24 for $100,000 in the annual VentureCat competition where prize money comes with no strings attached and no equity taken.
Winning teams present a compelling problem and solution to a panel of judges and the University community. Unlike many other university competitions, VentureCat includes undergraduate and graduate students across many disciplines and represent diverse, innovative perspectives. “Students of many backgrounds play a central role in Northwestern's strategy to create a vibrant and distinctive entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Alicia Löffler, executive director of the Innovation and New Ventures Office, one of the key campus sponsors of VentureCat.
This year's VentureCat emcee is Samir Mayekar, co-founder and CEO of SiNode Systems. The company won nearly $1 million at the Rice Business Plan Competition while Mayekar was a student in the Kellogg School of Management.
Check out the schedule, and RSVP to attend the finals.