The Garage’s Pre-Accelerator program, Jumpstart (formerly known as Wildfire), aims to develop students as both leaders and founders by introducing new ways of thinking and problem solving.
The Jumpstart Pre-Accelerator program (formerly known as Wildfire) at The Garage seeks to accelerate early-stage student teams by giving them additional resources and coaching over a period of 10 weeks. We aim to help them to reach problem solution fit, and prepare them for the next phase of their ventures whether it’s customer acquisition, growth, fundraising, or applying to accelerators. Jumpstart culminates with Demo Day, where students will present their proposal and gain feedback from established judges. This is a program designed to help early-stage ventures learn, grow, and overcome obstacles preventing the launch of their ventures.
Like all programs at The Garage, Jumpstart welcomes all ideas: for-profit, nonprofit, arts-based, technology, or anything that students wish to see come to life through innovation and hard work.
Jumpstart is comprised of three vital pillars: development of the entrepreneurial toolkit, learning to sell yourself and your idea via pitch practice, and gaining an entrepreneurial mindset. Through thoughtful content workshops, team building activities, and one-on-one guidance, students learn the ABC’s of entrepreneurship, master the art of storytelling, and develop important soft skills like resiliency and the ability to have difficult conversations. Student teams are also offered a stipend to sustain their ventures through the summer.
After Jumpstart wraps, student teams pitch their ventures at Demo Day, where a prize pool of $10,000 is up for grabs.
Jumpstart 2021 Teams
3 Point Productions
3 Point Productions is a film production company based in Nairobi, Kenya that creates high quality content for the Youth, by the Youth in Kenya.
8 In the Box
8 In The Box Productions is a new-age sports media company specializing in football coverage focusing on the placekicking niche.
bekome is a web platform helping Gen-Z, millennials, and people of color find their right therapist based on personality, lifestyle and cultural fit.
It is a research publication that works to make scientific breakthroughs by presenting research in a non-traditional way.
Cue the Curves
Cue the Curves is an online platform for plus-size women to find and discuss clothing brands.
Empowered Conversations is a non-profit startup dedicated to helping sexual assault survivors have empathetic and healing conversations with their chosen confidants using a web-based training tool.
Explorate strives to make international volunteering feel more at home through connecting travelers around the world and sharing transparent information about the programs.
Indigo Social Club
Indigo Social Club will curate pop-up nightlife events at Evanston venues with the goal of creating fun experiences for Northwestern students and supporting local businesses.
InfernoGuard is developing a utility patented wildfire detection and warning system to improve response time and the negative impacts for at-risk communities.
KOYLD is an afro-textured hair focused brand with a mission is to restore the hair identity of the African and African diasporic woman while creating an environment for her to flourish.
Leva is a customized mentorship software and service designed to empower women in the workplace, enable strong retention, and provide structured mentorship programming.
Liquid Confidence is the first kombucha cocktail on the market, a great-tasting RTD functional beverage that allows you to party without compromise.
Litterbox provides convenient, affordable, and secure summer storage for Northwestern students.
Mark IV Games
We’re Mark IV Games, a group of Northwestern students dedicated to designing and self-publishing engaging and fun board games.
Palette aims to be the DryBar for makeup services, which provides women a way to feel like the most confident version of themselves by offering a makeup service that is dependable, inclusive and convenient.
Pyaariweddings.co is a first-of-its-kind South Asian wedding directory where couples can shop for wedding vendors based on pricing, reviews, and more; add them to their ‘cart;’ and check out with a customized, a-la-carte wedding plan in less than 5 minutes.
For the aspiring leader, Rhetoric is an application that provides real-time feedback on spoken communication to develop into a more confident, empathetic, and persuasive communicator. Our mission is to enable personal growth, unlock efficiency, and promote powerful habits through “companion artificial intelligence”.
Talaria aims to make it easier for people to manage the various administrative tasks that follow the death of a loved one such as transferring bills & assets; closing subscriptions or digital accounts; notifying employers, the Social Security Administration, or Veterans Affairs.
The Walnut Brain
Our company, The Walnut Brain, leverages a unique learning mechanism to help lifelong learners retain key ideas from their favorite non-fiction books through powerful questions, increased interactivity, and active recall.
Venture Health Studio (VHS)
A health-tech startup holding company striving to improve the health and lifestyle quality for people worldwide through the development of innovative technological solutions.
In order to apply, a team must include at least two members. The lead team member must be a full-time student (undergraduate or graduate, at any Northwestern school) during the duration of the program. Priority is given to students that will still be enrolled in the following academic year. Teams can include members from other universities as long as all participating team members commit to the 10 weeks of the program.
At least two members of the team, with at least one of those members being a co-founder, are expected be dedicated to participate in Jumpstart on a full time basis during the summer. Participants are expected to participate in lieu of other employment, an internship, travel, etc. and dedicate 40 hours per week, per team member, to the program.
Applications are currently closed.