Chicago is buzzing with innovation, talent, and inspiration across every industry from education to marketing. Chicago Inno selects 50 of these people and organizations each year, celebrating the best of the best in our communities. According to Chicago Inno, 50 on Fire is about honoring the people and organizations that are heating up the Chicago innovation economy, including professors, non-profit organizations, executives, entrepreneurs, co-working spaces and more.
The Garage’s resident visionary and Executive Director, Melissa Kaufman, was named one of Chicago Inno’s 2016 50 on Fire in the Education category this year, and The Garage couldn’t be more excited! As The Garage’s strategic leader, Melissa has curated a modern co-working space to act as the hub for entrepreneurship and innovation at Northwestern. The Garage opened its doors in June of 2015, and has since grown to be home to 60 resident teams per academic quarter and more than 100 student-founded startups. She also personally mentors students pursuing their own ventures at The Garage, referencing her wealth of experience in the tech and startup world. Melissa said that being “in the company of so many innovators in Chicago is very exciting,” and she is thrilled to be an integral player in the Chicago entrepreneurial scene.
Innovation is in Northwestern’s DNA. Melissa is among ten other affiliated with Northwestern as alumni, students, or faculty. Join The Garage as we congratulate:
Badal Shah: TurboAppeal
David Schonthal: Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
Lorena Mesa: Sprout Social
Marketing, Advertising, Design, and Development:
Michael Sachaj: Hyde Park Angels