The Propel Program
Launched in 2018, Propel is an internationally recognized, award-winning program providing networking, mentorship, and immersive learning experiences. 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.
Participants attend an all-expenses-paid annual field trip to visit industry-leading brands.
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)
Fall 2022 Applications Open: September 12, 2022
Fall 2022 Applications Close: September 25, 2022 @ 11:59 PM CT
Winter 2023 Applications Open: November 7, 2022 @ 9:00 AM CT
Winter 2023 Applications Close: November 25, 2022 @ 11:59 PM CT
Spring 2023 Applications Open: TBA
Spring 2023 Applications Close: TBA
To learn more, email Propel Program manager, Charlotte Oxnam, at firstname.lastname@example.org