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 2022, there are 16 Medill students participating in programs at The Garage. 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.

Harrison Larner, Medill ’23

Harrison is a participant in The Garage’s Residency program. Additionally, he was a participant in the 2021 Jumpstart cohort, where he worked with a co-founder to push their startup forward over a period of 10 weeks. Harrison is also a participant in X-Factor, The Garage’s revolutionary leadership development program.

Major: Journalism

Project / Company: 8 in the Box Productions helps college athletes monetize their NIL (name, image, likeness) rights.

  • “My time at The Garage has drastically improved my Northwestern experience. I learned how to build, grow, and run a startup through my time in Jumpstart and the advice of Garage peers, mentors, and staff is like having another co-founder on my team!”

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.

Major: Journalism

Project / Company: Authentic Media Ascension (AMA) propels the next generation of brands through growth analytics and digital strategy.

  • “I can’t imagine my Northwestern experience without The Garage. The Residency, Propel and X-Factor Programs have all taught me so much about myself as an entrepreneur, and the support I’ve received from mentors and other students has been invaluable.”

Aaron Boorstein, Medill ’24

Aaron is currently a Resident at The Garage, working with founder Raman Malik on Rhetoric. Additionally, Aaron participated in Jumpstart, The Garage’s pre-accelerator program, where he helped Rhetoric win first place at the end-of-program Demo Day.

Major: Journalism

Project / Company: Rhetoric provides a real-time feedback for presentations.

  • “The Garage continuously opens the door to unparalleled opportunities. In only a few months, I progressed from attending Startup Matchmaking to participating in Jumpstart with Rhetoric to leading various marketing and growth initiatives within a venture-backed startup. Throughout these experiences, I’ve been fortunate to learn from and collaborate with The Garage’s supportive, inspiring, and impactful community.

The Garage x Medill News

Level up – testing your business idea before you go broke with Medill/Garage fellow Sherrell Dorsey

Propel 2020 kickoff featuring Medill student Wyatte Grantham-Phillips

Demo Day 2019 recap featuring Nathan Graber-Lipperman, Medill ’21

Little Joe Ventures x LA 2020 featuring Sophie Davis, Medill ’21

Propel x NYY 2019 featuring Sophie Davis, Medill ’21


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