The Propel Program
Launched in 2018, the Propel program provides networking, mentorship, and immersive learning experiences that promote diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship. Full-time, women 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.
A trip to New York City to meet women business leaders.
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. In 2020, The Garage launched Activate to promote diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship for Black Northwestern 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 2021: Applications will open in September 2021
To learn more, schedule Office Hours with Propel Program manager, Lilia Kogan here.