Office Hours at The Garage

Office Hours are a great way for Northwestern students to learn more about The Garage or get help with an entrepreneurial venture – or both!

Members of our community are available to provide guidance on a wide array of topics. Read on to determine which expert is the best fit for you at this juncture. Due to the high demand for Office Hours, please note that these meetings may not be used for class interviews. At this time, Office Hours will be held virtually.

Office Hours with Peers


Elam Blackwell, Weinberg + SoC ’22
Founder at Mark IV Games

Elam is studying Physics and Theatre as a double major. He’s currently working on Mark IV Games, a startup he created in 2019. Mark IV Games is focused on designing and publishing board games. Elam and his team are excited to launch their first game, Factions of Sol. Elam has participated in the Tinker program, the Residency program, X-Factor, and also provides Office Hours as part of The Opportunity Fund.


Josh Breite, SESP ’22

Josh is a senior at Northwestern majoring in learning and organizational change and minoring in computer science. He’s a former Resident in The Garage where he led an educational technology project. He just finished a 6 month internship at Pogo, working on product (and other things), a startup, that is reimagining the data economy by directly rewarding people for their data. He is also a AWS university scout, giving free credits and helping students out with their AWS needs.


Nicola Craig, Kellogg ’22
Founder at Palette

Nicola Craig is a Kellogg student from Toronto, Canada. After graduating with a b.comm from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University she started her career working as a management consultant at Bain & Company. She came to Kellogg to focus on entrepreneurship and spent her first year building Palette, which aims to be the ‘DryBar’ for makeup and offers inclusive and dependable makeup services.


Yasmeena Faycurry, Weinberg ’22
Founder at Unfound

Yasmeena is a senior studying economics. For her honors thesis, she is researching how big tech companies use behavioral economics to hook their users. Currently, she works at Listen Ventures, a B2C VC based in Chicago. She also runs her startup Unfound – an app community where people share the places they love. Unfound launched in March 2021 and currently has over 6,000 users spanning 70+ countries (with 1,000+ MAU). Yasmeena has also grown several TikTok accounts (25k+ followers) which she uses to market Unfound organically. She has participated in Jumpstart, was an ambassador for Propel, and was a student in YC’s Startup School. 

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Kevin Kaspar, McCormick ’24
Co-founder at InfernoGuard

Kevin is a sophomore studying Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MaDE) and Business Institutions. He is the co-founder of InfernoGuard, a startup that provides prompt wildfire detection and notification through continued monitoring of environmental conditions. InfernoGuard recently participated in the Jumpstart Pre-accelerator program and placed third at Demo Day! Kevin’s eager to help all students swiftly integrate into The Garage community.


Raman Malik, Kellogg ’22
Co-founder at Rhetoric

Raman is a graduate student at the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of Rhetoric – a presentation feedback platform.  Prior to Northwestern, Raman spent six years in data science, the majority on the growth team at Lyft as a Data Science Manager. He is passionate about building products to help founders grow and advance their careers.


Adala Makhulo, Weinberg + SoC ’23
Founder at 3 Point Productions

Adala is a Radio/Television/Film and Psychology Major at with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is passionate about the Film and Media Industry. She’s an alumnus at the MultiChoice Talent Factory East Africa. Adala is working on 3 Point Productions, a film production company based in Nairobi, Kenya making content for the youth, by the youth. Adala also provides Office Hours as part of The Opportunity Fund.


Office Hours with Alumni


Sarah Ahmad, McCormick ’18
Co-founder of Stable

Sarah is the co-founder and CEO of Stable (YC W20) – a virtual address and mailroom for startups. Previously, she was a UX Engineer at LifeLink. During her time at Northwestern, she co-founded HotPlate, a food app to help diners find the best dishes at local restaurants. She graduated from Northwestern in 2018 with a B.S. in Integrated Engineering Studies and a double major in Economics.


Ibraheem Alinur, McCormick ‘20
Co-founder at City Health Tech

Ibraheem is a former Resident at The Garage, and participated in Jumpstart and X-Factor. He’s currently an NU Entrep Advisory Board Member and a DeepWork Capital Venture Fellow. He was also named in Chicago Inno’s 25 under 25 in 2019. He’s excited to launch Opal, City Health Tech’s first product, seen on Forbes, TechCrunch, Politico, ABC, Fox, Obama Foundation, WGN Radio, Cleaning and Maintenance Magazine, and Northwestern Now.


Rachel Cantor, SoC ’20
Sidekick Writer at Morning Brew

Rachel is the creator and one of the writers of Sidekick, Morning Brew’s recommendations newsletter. Prior to joining Morning Brew, she built out Brightly‘s newsletter content strategy and freelanced for various direct to consumer brands and SaaS companies. Outside of work, she’s one of the founders of Oddly Specific, a NYC-based event series helping people connect in oddly specific ways and build lasting friendships. At Northwestern, Rachel was part of the first cohort of Little Joe Venture Fellows and was one of the Exec Co-Chairs of NUDM. She graduated in 2020 with a B.S. in Communication Studies, a minor in French, and certificates in IMC and Entrepreneurship. 

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Lilliana de Souza, McCormick ’21
Software Engineer at Captain

Lilliana was a Computer Science and Entrepreneurship student, an LJV Fellow, and has won competitions such as ImproveNU and Stanford’s Hackathon. She loves helping ventures succeed and mentoring students to find their passions. For the past two years, Lilliana worked in venture capital at Techstars Chicago, a startup accelerator.


Peter Dorward, McCormick ’21
Founder at Litterbox

Peter was a Mechanical Engineering and MaDE student from Milwaukee, WI. He has previously interned at Tesla and P&G and is a co-founder of Litterbox, a Northwestern student-run summer storage company. He is an X-Factor participant and former President of EPIC, NU’s undergrad entrepreneurship club. Peter is passionate about team mentorship and getting underclassmen involved in entrepreneurship.

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Caleb Holland, SESP ’21
Associate Consultant at Slalom

Caleb was a student studying Learning and Organizational Change and Entrepreneurship. He is passionate about building businesses with a focus on social impact and social justice. As a Resident, he worked on Innovestments, a real estate investment company that empowers everyday people to become ethical real estate investors.


Sam Kim, Weinberg ’20
Data Strategy Analyst at Catch Co.

Sam is passionate about helping people and companies succeed. As a student, he founded multiple startups that incubated at The Garage including Care Package and Receiver. He participated in the inaugural cohort of Little Joe Ventures Fellows. In his current role, his team is on the hunt to make Catch Co.’s processes more efficient and strive to build infrastructure that enables everyone to think like the founder.

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Spencer Levitt, Weinberg ’21
Co-founder at Buffd

Spencer was a Computer Science student from Baltimore, MD. He previously interned at Under Armour HQ and worked as a web developer at an EdTech startup. Most recently, he co-founded Buffd (previously Qade), a platform that provides automated stats and performance reports for gamers, winning grand prizes at VentureCat and Jumpstart.

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Don Meier, Kellogg ’19
Startup & Innovation Scout

Don is an Industry 4.0 startup and innovation scout at Deloitte. He has experience founding a startup, LineShift, and working in the high-technology space. He earned his BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

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Lucas Philips, SESP ’19
President at Newark Auto Parts

In Lucas’ freshman year at Northwestern, he founded BrewBike.  He then participated in the Jumpstart Pre-Accelerator, won second place at VentureCat 2018, and retained Residency at The Garage for 15 quarters. After Brewbike, Lucas acquired and now leads Newark Auto Products, a 114-year-old manufacturer of automotive interior parts that preserve the timeless beauty of vintage cars. 

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Mateo Price
Founder and CEO at AMA

Mateo studied Psychology and Economics at NU and is passionate about brands, social media, and building digital communities. He’s the founder of Authentic Media Ascension (AMA), which is a creator growth studio helping brands & creators better engage their audiences through data. The business started with a cold email to his favorite YouTuber and has since grown to creating $5M in incremental revenue for their partners.

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Connor Regan, SESP ’16, Medill ’20
Product Manager at Facebook

Connor is a Product Manager at Facebook, working on building and scaling advocacy experiences. Previously, he worked on product and policy at YouTube, led retail marketing for Nest Labs in Northern Europe, and built products for kids and families on Google’s privacy and security team. At Northwestern, he helped launch a robotics startup at The Garage and co-led entrepreneurship group Student Holdings.

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Arshya Srinivas, McCormick ’21
Data Science Intern at SONIC Research Group

Arshya studied Industrial Engineering and completed the Kellogg Undergraduate Certificate in Managerial Analytics. She is passionate about diversity in entrepreneurship, leadership techniques, and data analytics. She helped co-found ScopeNU, a discount aggregation platform that connects savings to our communities.


Matt Zients, SESP ’20
Operations Coordinator at Everytable

Matt is passionate about civic engagement, volunteering, and social justice. At Northwestern, he studied Social Policy, Design, and Playwriting. Over 5 years ago, Matt founded Connect & Care, a nonprofit tech startup that aims to connect young people to impactful organizations around the world.

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Office Hours with Staff and Fellows


Mike Raab
Associate Director of The Garage

Meet for general questions or information about The Garage and our programs.


Melissa Kaufman
Executive Director of The Garage

Meet if you’ve been referred by someone else  on this page.


Lilia Kogan
Propel Program Manager

Meet for general questions and information about the Propel program.


Katherine Lewis
Medill / Garage Fellow


Chandra Whitfield
Medill / Garage Fellow


Office Hours with Visiting Experts for Fall 2021


Product Marketing
with Mark Desky

October 6, 1-3 PM

IP and Corporate Legal
with Fox Swibel

October 13, 2-5 PM

Leadership Coaching
with Judy Lubin

October 20, 2-4 PM

Accounting and Taxes
with Rob Pasquesi

October 27, 1-3 PM

Product Marketing
with Mark Desky

November 3, 1-3 PM

General Legal
with Chinh Pham

November 4, 1-3 PM

with Alexis Douglas

November 17, 1-3 PM


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