Academic Year 2021-22 Application Dates

SPRING 2022 RESIDENCY

Open: February 28, 2021 at 9 AM CT

Close: November 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM CT

2021-22 TINKER SIGN UP

Open: September 1, 2021

Close: May 1, 2022 

SUMMER 2022 JUMPSTART

Open: January 24, 2022 at 9 AM CT

Close: February 6, 2022 at 11:59 PM CT

SPRING 2022 PROPEL

Open: February 28, 2021 at 9 AM CT

Close: November 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM CT

SPRING 2022 ACTIVATE

Open: February 28, 2021 at 9 AM CT

Close: November 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM CT

SUMMER 2022 CO-WORKING

Open: TBA

Close: TBA

More about The Garage's Programs

Programs at The Garage are open to full-time, degree seeking Northwestern students at all levels of study, with the exception of the Little Joe Ventures Fellowship, which is open to sophomores only. 

PROGRAM

WHO IT'S FOR

BENEFITS

21-22 APPLICATIONS

TINKER

Entry-level, self-paced

Students who want to learn more about startups.

Access M-F, 9 AM – 9 PM
Slack + newsletters
Step-by-step emails
Tinker events + Startup Matchmaking access

9/1/21 – 5/1/22 (rolling)

PROPEL

For women students with an entrepreneurial project

Women students with a startup idea or entrepreneurial project.

$1,000
Access M-F, 9 AM-9 PM
Dedicated mentor
Weekly check-ins for feedback + guidance

Winter: 11/11/21 – 11/28/21
Spring: 2/28/22 – 3/6/22

ACTIVATE

For Black students with an entrepreneurial project

Black students with a startup idea or entrepreneurial project.

Access M-F, 9 AM – 9 PM
Slack + newsletters
Step-by-step emails
Tinker events + Startup Matchmaking access

Winter: 11/11/21 – 11/28/21
Spring: 2/28/22 – 3/6/22

RESIDENCY

Incubation program for the most serious student-founded startups

Students with 2+ teammates that have participated in Tinker

24/7 access
Dedicated desk + mentor
Weekly Family Dinner
Garage hoodie

Winter: 11/11/21 – 11/28/21
Spring: 2/28/22 – 3/6/22

THE OPPORTUNITY FUND

Financial award for low-income and / or SES eligible students

Current Resident or Tinkerer that identifies as low-income and / or SES-eligible

Up to $1,000
Access M-F, 9 AM-9 PM
Peer mentorship

9/1/21 – 5/1/22 (rolling)

X-FACTOR

Leadership development

Students who demonstrate leadership potential and are looking for individual development and growth

Hogan assessment + debrief ($1,500 value)
Access M-F, 9 AM-9 PM
Leadership programming

Invited quarterly by staff

JUMPSTART

Summer pre-accelerator program

Startups with 2+ team members (founder + 1)

$10K in funding (+ prize $)
10-week programming with experts + pitch coaching
Dedicated desk + mentor
24/7 access

Round 1: January ’22
Round 2: April ’22

LITTLE JOE VENTURES FELLOWSHIP

Elite fellowship for sophomores who demonstrate entrepreneurial potential

Sophomores nominated by faculty + staff (program runs through senior year)

$5,000
24/7 access
Trip to LA (junior year) / Spring break trip (senior year)
Hands-on mentoring + guidance

Nominations made annually in January ’22