The Garage

What is The Garage?


The Garage is Northwestern's hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation. We bring together a cross-disciplinary community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who all share a passion for building new ideas. The 11,000 square foot space, located in the University’s North Campus Parking Garage, is currently home to approximately 60 student-founded startups per academic quarter. Twice a year, The Garage runs Wildfire, a pre-accelerator program, to prepare student teams for the next stage of their start-ups—be it an accelerator program, raising capital from angel investors, or bootstrapping their way to success. Over 1,000 students, faculty, and staff visit The Garage each month for classes, office hours, events, and workshops.


Our Mission

The Garage is a unique educational space for students to experiment, collaborate and build new ideas. Our community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni inspire each other to be bold innovators and successful entrepreneurs.