The Garage x Kellogg
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. Kellogg students learn alongside and from the undergraduate community at The Garage, while also enjoying sharing professional knowledge with students.
Many Kellogg candidates who incubate their projects at The Garage go on to become Zell Fellows, a point of pride for The Garage. For instance, Kinsey Hart ’21 and Adam Turville ’21 both participated in The Garage’s pre-accelerator program, Wildfire in the summer of 2020, and Sarita Patankar ’21 and Alyssa Marazzo ’21 were also both involved in The Garage prior to becoming Zell Fellows.
In spring 2021, there are over 50 Kellogg students participating in programs at The Garage, working on projects ranging from Alva, a custom jewelry e-commerce business to Ciclo, a second hand fashion curation website. Below are a few student stories.
Kinsey Hart, Kellogg ’21
Kinsey, a Zell fellow, has enthusiastically participated in multiple programs at The Garage including Residency and Propel, The Garage’s program for female student entrepreneurs. Kinsey also participated in the summer 2020 Wildfire Pre-accelerator program, and won third place at the end-of-program Demo Day, winning $2,000.
Charlie Kerhin, Kellogg ’21
Charlie most recently participated in the summer 2020 Wildfire Pre-accelerator program with his co-founder, receiving a $10,000 financial award to work on Amasu full time. Charlie is also a member of The Garage’s Residency program.
Alyssa Marazzo, Kellogg ’21
Alyssa, a Zell Fellow, is a participant in The Garage’s Residency program. As a Resident, Alyssa is an active member of a community of the most committed Northwestern student entrepreneurs.
Sarita Patankar, Kellogg ’21
Ben Preston, Kellogg ’21
Ben is a founding member of The Garage’s downtown initiative, The Garage at The Sardine Bar. The Sardine Bar is a satellite extension of The Garage located on Northwestern’s Chicago campus. Ben was also the grand prize winner at VentureCat 2020, Northwestern’s annual student startup competition, winning $161,000 in non-dilutive prize money. Ben is also a member of the Zell Fellows 2020-21 cohort.