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Northwestern University Venture Challenge

What is NU Venture Challenge?

As Northwestern’s premier business pitch competition, NUVC challenges you to build the future. We reward the most innovative and promising student startups with capital and mentorship so your ideas will become real, grow, and make an impact. Where others see impossibility, you see opportunity - that is what we celebrate.

Join us on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 to be a part of the most innovative and exciting NUVC yet.

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Application Process

Teams will need to submit an executive summary outlining their startup proposal.

Step 1. Register an individual profile at iStart (Note: This should be completed by one team leader)
Step 2. Apply at for the executive summary round.

In the preliminary round, competitors will be judged on:

Teams advancing to the semi-finals will give a ten-minute presentation followed by a ten-minute Q&A session with judges. In the finals round, teams will give a ten-minute presentation followed by a five-minute Q&A session.


Green Energy + Sustainability

Consumer Products

Social Enterprise

Business Products

Life Sciences + Medical

$200k in prizes

25 teams

5 tracks



Who can compete?

This competition is open to anyone with at least one Northwestern undergraduate or graduate student with a primary role within the startup.

Can I still enter the competition if I have already received outside funding?

Yes, but you must report all monetary amounts you have earned. This includes any additional funding you may have gotten after you have submitted your application.

Can I be a part of more than one team?

Yes, you can be a part of more than one team.


If you are a business interested in partnering with NUVC, let us know! Sponsorship benefits include publicity, mentorship opportunities, and more. Most importantly, you will get to be a part of the fastest growing business pitch competition. Contact us as soon as possible so we can give you more information about how you can get involved.

Thank you to our 2015 NUVC sponsors

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