Summer is in full swing at Northwestern, and while we’re busy working with 12 on-the-rise teams after the first week of The Garage’s pre-accelerator program, Wildfire; summer is always bittersweet for us as we say goodbye to graduating Residents (who we then fondly refer to as our extended family).
At The Garage, we aim to instill an entrepreneurial spirit and mindset in Northwestern students by teaching grit, resilience, and encouraging thinking in new and innovative ways. We know this entrepreneurial toolkit will take students far beyond their startups, as we are on a mission to build billion dollar people, not just billion dollar companies. The ability to get up again after a failure, seeing a new solution to a unique problem, and taking risks to succeed all happens at The Garage every day through experiential learning and programming, an innovative space, and a supportive community of mentors.
Many of our graduated Residents are pursuing full time careers around the country at companies like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Uber, Formlabs, and Instagram, and we’re so excited that The Garage is represented in the tech community. We’re also excited that some of our extended family (which continues to grow) will be pursuing their startups full time after graduation. We can’t wait to keep track of what happens after The Garage.
Just in case you want to keep up with those who are continuing their entrepreneurial journey and pursuing their startups after this year’s recent graduation, here’s a short list to get you started.
EatPakd: Founded by Nathan Cooper, Kellogg ’17 + Rebecca Sholiton, Kellogg ’16
Rebecca and Nathan are on a mission to find a better way for kids to enjoy their lunches with healthy (and yummy) options that satisfy both child and parent. Rebecca spent her earlier career working in management consulting and building business education programs in Latin America to empower female entrepreneurs. Nate grew up in the food industry, and after nearly a decade starting and building a national restaurant chain, Nate has brought his expertise to EatPakd, and is eager to share it with millions of children nationwide. EatPakd is currently based out Humboldt Park in Chicago, and is serving seven midwestern states.
eRetirements: Founded by Jared Scharen, Kellogg ’17
Millions of retirees deserve to know what retirement place best suits their needs, and not rely on a random source that generates a general list. Through various studies, eRetirements learned most take retirement relocation advice from friends and family. Why? Because friends and family know your interests, preferences, and priorities, and therefore give the most knowledgeable advice. eRetirements worked tirelessly to recreate that exact “friends and family” experience.
IFM: Founded by Marc Gyongyosi, McCormick ’17
IFM uses robotics, computer vision and machine learning to automate indoor data capture, with a focus on warehouse inventory tracking. IFM’s autonomous robots fly up and down warehouse aisles scanning barcodes, tracking inventory 400 times faster than current methods, according to the startup. The IFM team recently relocated to their new headquarters in Chicago.
Tiltas: Founded by Tiffany Smith, Kellogg ’17
Tiltas aims to use technology to improve re-entry into society following incarceration by highlighting the stories and paths of those who have demonstrated success through various methods. This is a new type of social network that provides support and information to those who need it.
Welltended: Founded by Carolyn Snider, Kellogg ’17
Welltended is the houseplant selection & delivery service for city-dwellers. The customer selects a gorgeous houseplant & beautiful, modern planter, and then Welltended will pair it with potting soil, plant it, and bring it to you and also provide easy-to-follow care instructions, taking the hassle and stress out of tending well to your houseplant.
Zcruit: Founded by Ben Weiss, SESP ’17
Zcruit wants to bring football recruiting into the 21st century. With the help of Zcruit, school programs will find and recruit the right players earlier, improving recruiting efficiency and generating stronger recruiting classes. Zcruit’s team is currently co-working out of The Garage.
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