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 spring 2021, there are 20 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.

Major: Journalism

Project / Company: Alula is a smart lamp to remedy the pains of waking up.

  • It’s inspiring being in a space like Propel, created by women with the goal of uplifting women entrepreneurs. I’ve met so many amazing friends and alumni who I can learn and grow from.

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.”

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.

Major: Journalism
Minor: Entrepreneurship

Project / Company: Powder Blue Media is a media company featuring B2B consulting services and a Gen Z storytelling outlet called Unplugg’d.

  • “Being an active member of The Garage community for these last four years has been a defining part of my Northwestern experience. Whether it be meeting lifelong friends and mentors, immersing myself in the startup world, or participating in incredible programs like Jumpstart, The Garage has influenced my time in Evanston so much that I’m not sure if I would be the same person without it.”

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. 

Major: Journalism

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.

  • The Garage has provided me with an amazing opportunity to invest in myself and my future. The entrepreneurial experience that I’m gaining now will not only help scale my business but will be transferable to whatever career path I choose to take going forward.”

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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