The Propel Program
Winter 2022 applications are open and will close on November 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM. To learn more, schedule Office Hours with Propel Program manager, Lilia Kogan here.
Launched in 2018, the Propel program provides networking, mentorship, and immersive learning experiences that promote diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship. Women who are full-time students can apply for the program, which is made possible by generous donors. Ideas can be for profit or nonprofit, hardware or software, commercial products, or artistic endeavors—anything that requires bringing a new idea to fruition.
The Propel program includes:
Up to $1,000 to spend on an entrepreneurial project.
One-on-one mentorship with accomplished professionals.
Invitations to networking events throughout the year.
An annual showcase at which select participants present their projects.
Plans for a trip are under review per University COVID-19 policies.
40% of US businesses are owned by women. However, less than 10% of venture-backed companies have a woman founder and only 2.8% of venture capital went to all-woman founding teams. The Garage is committed to supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs. In 2018, The Garage launched the Propel program to support women students.
Thank you to the following generous donors for their commitment to supporting the Propel program and student entrepreneurs at Northwestern:
(open to full-time, degree seeking Northwestern students only)
Winter 2022: Applications will open on November 22, 2021 at 9 AM and close on November 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM.
Spring 2022: Applications will open on February 28, 2022 at 9 AM and close on March 6, 2022 at 11:59 PM.
Applications will be live here.
To learn more, schedule Office Hours with Propel Program manager, Lilia Kogan here.