The Garage operates 10 impactful programs focused on startup incubation, student development, and offering funding opportunities. All programs at The Garage are designed to allow students to explore entrepreneurship and gain a community.
Programs at The Garage are open to all full-time, degree-seeking Northwestern students (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD) from any school, with the exception of the Little Joe Ventures Fellowship.
GETTING STARTED + INCUBATION PROGRAMS
A space to turn ideas into reality through a supportive community and incubation programs.
The Tinker program is an entry-level, self-paced annual program for students who want to explore entrepreneurship.
The Residency program is a quarterly startup incubation program with exclusive perks and work spaces.
Jumpstart accelerates student startups by giving them resources and coaching over the summer.
Unparalleled opportunities to grow and develop as founders, leaders, and innovators.
Propel is a quarterly program for women students with an entrepreneurial project.
Activate is a quarterly program for Black students with an entrepreneurial project.
X-Factor helps Northwestern student founders develop heightened self-awareness so they can become better leaders.
Little Joe Ventures Fellowship
This highly competitive program offers financial awards, mentors, and transformational experiences.
Funding, support, and experiences for startups ready for growth.
The Opportunity Fund
SES-eligible current Residents or Tinkerers who identify can apply for up to $1,000.
VentureCat is Northwestern’s annual student startup competition.
The Northwestern investment fund supports the launch of NU ventures.