The Garage x McCormick
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 2021, there were 78 McCormick students participating in programs at The Garage, working on projects ranging from Crown Care, a platform that aims to provide a sense of community and education for curly-haired individuals, to Acorn Genetics, which aims to create genetic testing kits that respect their users’ privacy, to InfernoGuard, a utility patented wildfire detection and warning system.
Kevin Kaspar, McCormick ’24
Kevin got involved with The Garage right away as a first-year student at Northwestern, first joining The Garage’s Tinker program and then becoming a Resident, where he is currently incubating his startup.
Major: Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MADE)
Project / Company: InfernoGuard is a utility patented wildfire detection and warning system for landowners in fire prone areas, ultimately improving response time and minimizing negative impacts of wildfires.
Sreya Parakala, McCormick ’22
Sreya is currently a participant in The Garage’s Residency program and the Little Joe Venture Fellowship. The Little Joe Ventures Fellowship in Entrepreneurship provides a unique experience to students with a demonstrated interest in and commitment to building new ideas. Sreya was also previously a participant in the Propel program and Jumpstart, The Garage’s pre-accelerator program.
Linus Okoth, McCormick ’23
Linus is currently a participant in The Garage’s Residency program. He is also a participant of the Winter 2021 cohort of X-Factor, The Garage’s revolutionary leadership development program. Outside of The Garage, Linus is part of the African Student Association and the Northwestern chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Major: Computer Science, Computer Engineering
Project / Company: Explorate is a website that makes volunteering opportunities feel more meaningful by sharing information across volunteers to stay connected with each other.
Charlotte Oxnam, McCormick ’23
Charlotte is a participant in The Garage’s Residency program. She was also a participant in the 2019-20 cohort of the Propel program. As a student aide at The Garage, she now helps to run the Propel cohort meetings connecting women founders.