The Garage x Medill
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 19 Medill students participating in programs at The Garage. Students were working on projects ranging from 8 in the box productions, multimedia content for beginner to advanced sports fans, to Powder Blue Media, featuring B2B consulting services and Gen Z storytelling, to Hada, an online marketplace for freelance services.
In addition to Medill students participating in programs, The Garage recently partnered with Medill to launch an annual fellowship to support innovative work in the media industry.
Below are a few student stories.
Sophie Davis, Medill ’21
Sophie is a participant in The Garage’s Residency program. Additionally, she was an ambassador for the 2019-20 Propel program. She is currently a Little Joe Ventures Fellow, where she’s gaining invaluable experience through mentorship, a financial award, and other programming. She also participated in Jumpstart, The Garage’s pre-accelerator program, in 2019.
Project / Company: Alula is a smart lamp to remedy the pains of waking up.
Lainey Dow, Medill ’23
Lainey is a participant in The Garage’s Residency program. Additionally, Lainey was also a participant in the Fall 2020 cohort of X-Factor, The Garage’s revolutionary leadership development program and the 2019-20 cohort of Propel, The Garage’s program aimed at empowering female student entrepreneurs.
Nathan Graber-Lipperman, Medill ’21
Nathan is currently a participant in The Garage’s Residency program and previously a participant of the Fall 2020 X-Factor cohort. He also participated in The Garage’s pre-accelerator program, Jumpstart, in 2019 and won first place at the end-of-program Demo Day and a $4,000 prize.
Zaria Howell, Medill ’21
Zaria is a participant in the Winter 2021 cohort of The Garage’s Activate program, an 8-week immersive learning experience with the goal of making entrepreneurship more inclusive and accessible to Black Northwestern students.
Project / Company: @earthmamaa provides resources and an intimate and personal community space for people to experience growth and healing so that they can live a more present, meaningful and joyful life.