The Garage x Bienen School of Music

The Garage is a community and physical space for every Northwestern student interested in entrepreneurship to learn, iterate, and grow. We offer students resources, programming, and mentorship designed to help build the skills and entrepreneurial mindset they need to succeed in any industry.

Students from across the University bring a wide range of diverse academic and personal experiences that enrich the entrepreneurial environment at The Garage through exposure to new ideas, ways of thinking and skill sets.

In winter 2022, there were 7 Bienen students participating in programs at The Garage, working on projects ranging from imaginative teas to improving healthcare. Below are a few student stories.

McKenna Troy, Bienen ’23

McKenna is a participant in The Garage’s Tinker program, where she is incubating her startup Troy Gardens. She participated in the Propel program during the winter 2021 quarter. Additionally, McKenna is a member of the fourth cohort of the Little Joe Ventures Fellowship where she’ll be offered immersive learning opportunities, networking, and a financial award.

Major: Voice and Opera, Communications
Minor: Entrepreneurship, Design, and Arts Administration

Project / Company: Troy Gardens creates imaginative tea blends rooted in herbalist heritage.

  • “I cannot wait to learn from, connect with, and grow alongside my peers in our cohort of inspired and excited entrepreneurial spirts!”

Shanth Gopalswamy, Bienen + Weinberg ’23

Shanth is a participant in The Garage’s Residency program, where he’s working closely with a team on a health-tech startup. He is passionate about using emerging innovations towards the benefit of humanity.

Major: Music + Cognitive Science

Project / Company: Venture Health Studio (VHS) is a health-tech startup holding company striving to improve the health and lifestyle quality for people worldwide through the development of innovative technological solutions.

The Garage x Bienen News

McKenna Troy, Bienen ’23 selected as Little Joe Ventures Fellow

Recap: Natasha Ramanujam, Bienen ’15 + Propel

Founding a Mission-Driven Company featuring Natasha Ramanujam, Bienen ’15


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