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, female students can apply for the program, which is made possible by generous donors.

Pictured above, Propellers visit the Goldman Sachs office in New York City on a 2018 field trip.

Program

The Propel Program includes:

Award

Up to $1,000 to spend on an entrepreneurial project.

Mentorship

One-on-one mentorship with accomplished professionals.

Networking

Invitations to networking events throughout the year.

Showcase

An annual showcase at which select participants present their projects.

Field Trips

A trip to New York City to meet women business leaders.

Propellers

Background

40% of US businesses are owned by women. However, less than 10% of venture-backed companies have a female founder and only 2.8% of venture capital went to all-female founding teams. The Garage is committed to supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs. In 2018, The Garage launched the Propel program to support female students. In  2020, The Garage launched Activate to promote diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship for Black Northwestern students. 

Press


STUDENTS DEVELOP AT-HOME DNA TEST WITH PRIVACY IN MIND

VIRTUAL PROPEL SHOWCASE 2020

PROPEL 2020 KICKOFF

PROPEL + NYC 2019

PROPEL SHOWCASE: THE WRAP UP

GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK: TWO NORTHWESTERN STUDENTS HOPE TO CLEAN UP THE FASHION INDUSTRY

PROPEL PROGRAM ELEVATES YOUNG FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS

LUX, A REMEDY TO THE PAINS OF WAKING UP

PROPEL 2019

BIG 10 FEATURES PROPEL

NEW PROGRAM EMPOWERS NEXT GENERATION OF FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS

STEVE AND KATHERINE ELMS ESTABLISH PROGRAM PROMOTING DIVERSITY IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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