Commit selected for VentureCat, Northwestern University's start-up showcase

Northwestern VentureCat start-up competition

On April 25, 2018 the Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI) selected 15 Kellogg teams as semifinalists in the 2018 VentureCat competition, the annual event that showcases and rewards the most promising student-founded startups from across Northwestern University. 

Thirty semifinalist teams, competing in six industry tracks, will participate in a four-week prep program that features pitch coaching, advice from industry experts and professional graphic design support. The first-place winner of each track will compete for the grand prize in the VentureCat Finals at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, in the Kellogg Global Hub’s White Auditorium.

Commit was selected as a semifinalist in the B2C industry track. 

Commit was also featured by the Segal Design Institute, part of the McCormick School of Engineering, as one of four VentureCat semifinalists being worked on by MMM (MBA + MS Design Innovation) students

Commit showcased at 1871's Hispanic Technology Incubator

CEO Co-Founder of Commit

Commit co-founders Mia Velasquez, Josh Kim, and Dan Kolb became members of 1871 and Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's (IHCC) Cohort 3 of start-ups with Latinx co-founders. They participated in 13 weeks of educational programming, resources, access to funding and technological support which culminated in pitches to investors, friends, and family. 

"Commit helps community builders and social leaders organize and fund successful events without taking on financial risks and burdens themselves. Through our platform, event organizers can crowdfunding event payments and gauge interests through a commitment goal, leading to better event coordination, management, and connections." – Mia Velasquez, CEO and Co-Founder, Commit

So far, the program has graduated 39 Latinx entrepreneurs, created 80 jobs, raised $2 million in capital, and fostered nearly 800 client introductions.