The Garage is excited to announce the selection of five new students for the Little Joe Ventures (LJV) Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, a program designed to support promising, entrepreneurially minded undergraduates across different schools at Northwestern. The Fellowship, made possible by Tony Owen ’93, ’03 MBA, and his wife, Monique, provides thoughtful programming, domestic and international travel, and $5,000 stipends to pursue an innovation project or unpaid professional opportunity. All areas of the program are intended to help students explore and pursue passion projects and dream career paths.
The five new LJV Fellows have an impressive range of interests, backgrounds, and projects. Students were carefully selected by a committee from a pool of qualified candidates nominated by faculty and staff. Together, they form the third cohort of the Fellowship, which launched two years ago.
Annually, the Fellowship starts in the spring of the students’ sophomore year and ends at graduation, offering a comprehensive experience filled with networking events and special opportunities to meet accomplished entrepreneurs. This year, The Garage is sensitive to the challenges we are all facing including operating fulfilling programs remotely. Currently, these five students are based all over the world accessing their Northwestern coursework and the Fellowship remotely from their homes. The Garage is excited to engage and connect with them in creative ways and work together to develop the resiliency and problem-solving skills they need to navigate a trying time.
“We were impressed with all of the nominees from across Northwestern,” said Melissa Kaufman, executive director of The Garage. “At this challenging time, the spirit of entrepreneurship is thriving like never before – and innovation is more important than ever. We are excited to bring together this accomplished, eclectic group of sophomores and see what problems they solve. We hope they will all grow from the Fellowship and learn from each other.”
For complete bios of all of the new Little Joe Ventures Fellows, click here.
During their junior year, the cohort will be given an unparalleled opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, dependent on travel restrictions that may be in place, curated by Tony Owen, an investor in emerging food and consumer businesses. Past cohort trips included tours of SpaceX, lunch with Gwyneth Paltrow at her startup, goop, a visit with Maye Musk, Elon Musk’s mother and entrepreneur, and insightful roundtable discussions with other industry leaders from Owen’s network. During their senior year, the cohort will take an international trip together.
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