Funding

Funding

Co-Founders of Wise Apple, the first recipient of NUseeds funding. Rebecca Sholiton KSM ’16 & Nathan Cooper KSM ’17
Nathan Cooper KSM ’17 & Rebecca Sholiton KSM ’16
Co-Founders of Wise Apple, the first recipient of NUseeds funding

NUseeds is Northwestern’s $4M pre-seed/seed investment fund. The funding comes from philanthropic donations to Northwestern, and is intended to accelerate the successful launch of innovations from NU students and finance the most promising early-stage student ventures. We look for teams who have an outsized vision and would benefit materially from incremental financial support. NUseeds writes checks in the $10,000 - $100,000 range in exchange for equity.

Applicants are required to have:

  • Participated in The Garage Residency Program.
  • Established product-market fit.
  • Entered a growth phase of the company.  

To Apply:

Interested student founders should email Melissa Kaufman, Executive Director of The Garage, with the following: 

  • Executive one-pager on the venture
  • Pitch deck
  • Financial details including a cap table and other investors participating in the round
  • Timing of when the round is closing
  • Statement from the founder on the current state of the business

Teams are vetted by the NUseeds External Investment Committee: 

Shradha Agarwal

Shradha Agarwal

JumpStart Ventures

Chicago

Peter Boyce

Peter Boyce

General Catalyst, Rough Draft Ventures

New York

Ezra Galston

Ezra Galston

Chicago Ventures

Chicago

Tom Loverro

Tom Loverro

KSM ‘11 - IVP Partners

San Francisco

Matt Sacks

Matt Sacks

NEA

Washington DC

Rick Zullo

Rick Zullo

Lightbank

Chicago