Office Hours

Office Hours

Whether you have an idea in mind or want to learn more about entrepreneurship, Office Hours at The Garage are an ideal way for curious Northwestern students to get involved with the startup community or get help to push a venture forward.

Office Hours are provided by The Garage Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, The Garage staff, current students, alumni, vetted professional service providers, and visiting experts in a wide array of topics.

If it's your first time booking Office Hours at The Garage, your first stop is to schedule office hours with a peer to learn more about The Garage experience as a student. As your idea and your commitment grow, we recommend you meet with staff, EIRs, or alumni of The Garage (open to Residents and Tinkerers only). Finally, consider reaching out to a mentor if your startup is taking off and you're an established member of The Garage community.


First time booking Office Hours? Make sure to chat with a peer first.

Weekly Office Hours with Residents of The Garage (open to ALL Northwestern students):

Rachel Cantor, School of Communication ’20, Little Joe Ventures Fellow, Schedule via Calendly

Sam Kim, Weinberg ’20, Little Joe Ventures Fellow, Schedule via Calendly

Chris Rochester, Kellogg ’20, Co-founder of Ribbon Recognition, Schedule via Calendly

Audrey Valbuena, Medill ’20, Little Joe Ventures Fellow, Schedule via Calendly

Drake Weissman, Weinberg ’20, Little Joe Ventures Fellow, Founder of eo, Schedule via Calendly

Matt Zients, SESP ’20, Co-Founder of Connect & Care, Schedule via Calendly

Office hours with peers are intended for students wishing to discuss their startup idea or get entrepreneurial advice. These are not intended for interview sessions for course work. 


Have an idea and looking for feedback on next steps? You should chat with a recent alum of The Garage. 

Office Hours with alumni of The Garage (open to ALL Northwestern students):

Sam Letscher, McCormick ’18, Former Resident, Founder, BOSSY, Schedule via Calendly

Don Meier, Kellogg ’19, Former Resident and Zell Fellow, Schedule via Calendly

Lucas Philips, SESP ’19, Former Resident, Founder, BrewBike, Schedule via Calendly


Ready to commit to your startup? Meet with staff or EIRs at The Garage. 

Weekly Office Hours with The Garage staff + EIRs (open to Residents and Tinkerers ONLY):

Melissa Kaufman, Executive Director,  Schedule via Calendly

Hayes Ferguson, Associate Director, Schedule via Calendly

Paul Burton, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Schedule via Calendly

Tom Hayden, Entrepreneur-in-Residence,  Schedule via Calendly

Lilia Kogan, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Schedule via Calendly

Andrew Parkinson, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Schedule via Calendly

Thomas Parkinson, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Schedule via Calendly

Mike Saunders, Entrepreneur-in-Residence,  Schedule via Calendly


Want to grow your existing startup? Meet with a potential mentor.

Office Hours with mentors (open to Residents and Tinkerers ONLY):

Rich Box, Mentor, Email

Brad Falkof, Mentor, Email

Chris Steiner, Mentor,  Schedule via Calendly


Need advice on a specific topic? Browse our Office Hours with visiting experts.

Office Hours with visiting experts:

IP Legal, Jan. 14, 2-4 PM, Schedule via Calendly 

Immigration, Jan. 16, 12:30-2:30 PM,  Schedule via Calendly

Product Strategy, Jan. 23, 12-2 PM, Schedule via Calendly 

Sales, Jan. 29, 3-5 PM, Schedule via Calendly 

Executive Coaching, Feb. 4, 1-3 PM, Schedule with Calendly 

Accounting, Feb. 11, 2-4 PM, Schedule via Calendly

Product Marketing, Feb. 12 , 1-3 PM, Schedule via Calendly

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