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 the fall of 2022, there were 15 Medill students participating in programs at The Garage. In addition, The Garage, in partnership with Medill, awarded the Media Entrepreneurship Fellowship to Alexis Grant, a graduate of Medill’s Master of Science in Journalism program.
Below are a few student stories.
Izzy Mokotoff, Medill ’24
Izzy has enthusiastically participated in multiple programs at The Garage including Residency, Propel, The Garage’s program for female student entrepreneurs, and Jumpstart, The Garage’s summer pre-accelerator program. Alongside her co-founder, Alexis Chan, McCormick ’24 the team took home first place and the audience favorite award at the end-of-program Demo Day, securing a $5,000 prize. They were also featured in Chicago Inno’s annual ‘25 under 25 ‘ list.
Minor: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Project / Company: SteadyScrib is designing a pen to increase ability and independence for people with Parkinson’s Disease, specifically counteracting the most writing-inhibitive Parkinson’s symptoms.
Eddy (Jun Hyung) Park, Medill ’23
Eddy was a participant in The Garage’s summer pre-accelerator program, Jumpstart. He was also a member of the Residency program building out his startup, WUD’V.
Project / Company: WUD’V is a second-hand fashion marketplace of blank price tags: so that buyers won’t have to lose their favorite items and sellers won’t have to lose their clients.
Lauren Huttner, Medill ’24
Lauren is a current participant in the Residency program, having been involved in The Garage’s programs since 2020. She’s a member of the fifth cohort of the Little Joe Ventures Fellowship where a select group of students are offered immersive learning opportunities, networking, and a financial award. Additionally, Lauren was a participant in the Fall 2022 cohort of The Garage’s revolutionary leadership development program for student founders, X-Factor.
Project / Company: Pebble Community Labs is a boutique agency helping creators and creator-adjacent brands build communities to engage their fans and gain valuable audience insight.
Ben Gardner, Medill ’24
Ben is a current participant in the Residency program working as a Sales and Marketing Lead on InfernoGuard, the VentureCat 2022 Grand Prize-winning team.
Project / Company: InfernoGuard is developing a utility-patented wildfire detection and warning system to improve response time and decrease the negative impacts for at-risk communities.
Nicole Markus, Medill ’24
Nicole is a member of The Garage’s Propel program – designed to create an inclusive community and resources for female student entrepreneurs at Northwestern.
Project / Company: Glass of my Dreams is a stained glass studio aimed at selling custom-made projects and teaching Northwestern students the art of glass.
Medill Students at The Garage
|Josh Miller||Josh Ferrara||Zach Siegel|
|Maria Heim||Andrew Daniels||Tobias Khabie|
|Izzy Mokotoff||Lauren Huttner||Ben Gardner|
|Kate Fawcett||Harrison Larner||Jackson Kruse|
|Izzy Mokotoff||Eddy (Jun Hyung) Park|
|Lauren Huttner||Kate Fawcett|
The Garage x Medill News
Medill student wins big at Jumpstart Demo Day
Alexis Grant: Medill / Garage Media Entrepreneurship Fellowship Recipient
Izzy Mokotoff ’24 of SteadyScrib featured in Chicago Inno’s ‘25 Under 25‘ List
Medill students featured in The Daily Northwestern’s student startup photo gallery
SteadyScrib Team Spotlight: Featuring Izzy Mokotoff ’24
WUD’V Team Spotlight: Featuring Eddy (Jun Hyung) Park ’23