As we wrap up the 2019-20 academic year at The Garage, we’re looking back on both an exciting and challenging year for our entrepreneurial community. A few highlights included taking students on star-studded field trips to Los Angeles, New York City, and Austin and launching two satellite locations in San Francisco and downtown Chicago. Facing a global pandemic, in March, we moved all of our operations and events online and rebranded to become The (Virtual) Garage.
Through it all, we were inspired by the strength and resiliency of our community of diverse students from across Northwestern. They taught us what it means to be flexible, to adapt, and to stay connected from all over the world.
As students graduate and start new chapters, we’re excited to virtually celebrate with them and wish them all the success in the world! These students are forever members of our community, and we are committed to continuing to support them as alumni of Northwestern and The Garage.
Some students will be taking jobs at startups here in Chicago, like Sam Kim, Weinberg ’20, who has accepted a position at Catch Co., while others are heading to Los Angeles, like Brian Clifford, Kellogg ’20, who’s headed to Scopely. Audrey Valbuena, Medill ’20 has already started her dream job at the Washington Post, and Vincent Park, Weinberg ’20 will be an internal consultant at Discover.
A few of our students are excited to begin graduate school next year, like Catswork co-founder and X-Factor participant Nicholas Tan, McCormick ’20, who will soon start his Master’s at Stanford, and Alex Halimi, Weinberg ’20, is looking forward to beginning the MSMS program at Kellogg.
Of course, some students are planning to pursue their startups full time after graduation, like Ibraheem Alinur, McCormick ’20, co-founder of City Health Tech and Spencer Glesmann, Kellogg ’20 who is excited to continue on his startup, LoudChat.
Whether a student opts to take a job or continue down an entrepreneurial path with their startups, we know that their experience at The Garage will have shaped them into superior networkers, creative problem solvers, and innovative thinkers with the confidence to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. Our students are true, living examples of The Garage’s three pillars: trust yourself, do the work, and forge your own path. We can’t wait to see where their paths lead!