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 spring 2021, there were 7 Bienen students participating in programs at The Garage, working on projects ranging from innovative board games created in The Garage’s Makerspace, to STEMPod, a nonprofit virtual tutoring platform providing free tutoring in STEM subjects for high school students. 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!”

Evan Lee, Bienen ’21

Evan is a participant in The Garage’s Tinker program, where he’s further developed his interest and skills in entrepreneurship and green technology. He is a fourth year student in a dual-degree program at Northwestern, pursuing an accelerated BA/MS in chemistry and BM in piano performance.

Major: Piano Performance + BA/MS in Chemistry

Project / Company: STEMPod is a nonprofit virtual tutoring platform providing free tutoring in STEM subjects for high school students.

  •  The Garage has provided access funding for our startup that would otherwise be difficult for me to put in as a FGLI (first-generation and/or low-income) student. Also, the knowledge that I have access to, and a community of Northwestern student entrepreneurs to chat with as we pursue our project, is really helpful.” 

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

Questions?

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