The Garage x Weinberg

The Garage is a community and physical space for every Northwestern student interested in entrepreneurship to learn, iterate, and grow. We offer students resources, programming, and mentorship designed to help build the skills and entrepreneurial mindset they need to succeed in any industry.

Students from across the University bring a wide range of diverse academic and personal experiences that enrich the entrepreneurial environment at The Garage through exposure to new ideas, ways of thinking and skill sets.

In winter 2022, there are over 80 Weinberg students participating in programs at The Garage, working on projects ranging from Authentic Media Ascension, a digital media growth agency to Acorn Genetics, a startup focused on creating genetic testing kits that respect their users’ privacy. Below are a few student stories.

Kate Conner, Weinberg ’22

Kate is a participant in The Garage’s Residency program. She is also a participant in the Winter 2021 cohort of The Garage’s revolutionary leadership development program for student founders, X-Factor.

Major: Physics

Project / Company: Acorn Genetics is a startup focused on creating genetic testing kits that respect their users’ privacy.

  • The Garage has been a great resource to access needed startup material. The people in The Garage have been particularly involved with helping aid Acorn Genetics, the startup I am heavily involved in.” 

Gabe Dara, Weinberg ’24

Gabe is a participant in The Garage’s Residency program, where he is incubating his startup with his team. He is also a participant in Activate, The Garage’s program for Black student entrepreneurs at Northwestern to develop their ideas alongside their peers in a small cohort.

Major: Computer Science and Neuroscience

Project / Company: Caped Clinicians is a research publication that works to make scientific breakthroughs by presenting research in a non-traditional way.

  • The Activate program gave me the opportunity to develop and transform what were once wistful ideas into structured plans and projects. It helped alleviate the hesitation I had going into the entrepreneurial space and granted me with a supporting and amazing group of people to consult with. It was a truly amazing experience that set me on my path.

Yasmeena Faycurry, Weinberg ’22

Yasmeena is a participant in The Garage’s Residency program, incubating her startup Unfound. She was also a member of the 2019-20 Propel cohort and participated in The Garage’s pre-accelerator program, Jumpstart. Yasmeena also provides peer-to-peer mentorship to other students by offering Office Hours through The Garage.

Major: Economics
Minor: Entrepreneurship

Project / Company: Unfound is a mobile app to discover unique places and share the ones you love.

  • Propel has connected me to a wonderful community of passionate female entrepreneurs to grow with and learn from.

Adala Makhulo, Weinberg ’23

Adala is a Psychology and Radio/Television/Film double major and a Resident at The Garage incubating her media startup based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Major: Psychology, Radio / Television / Film

Project / Company: 3 Point Productions is a film production company based in Nairobi, Kenya that creates engaging content for the youth, by the youth in which they are represented.

  • “The Garage has been so helpful in allowing me to access resources to help scale my business. Being a Resident has allowed me to network with other Residents and get valuable input and assistance on my idea, as well as learn about others’ startups. The community support is phenomenal and it is clear that everyone wants to help you in whatever capacity they can.

Lila Wells, Weinberg ’23

Lila is a participant in The Garage’s Tinker program, incubating her nonprofit entrepreneurial project. She is also a participant in the Propel program winter 2021 cohort.

Major: Sociology, Legal Studies

Project / Company: Unite Passion Project is an online speaker series empowering students in Tanzania to reach their full potential.

  • I’ve absolutely loved being a part of both the Propel and Tinker Programs through The Garage. As someone who began her relationship with social entrepreneurship, the support from students and mentors alike have truly empowered both my startup, The Unite Passion Project, and I, to be the best versions of ourselves possible.

The Garage x Weinberg News

Adala Makhulo, Weinberg ’23 + Elam Blackwell, Weinberg ’23 featured in Opportunity Fund Update

Robbie Waxman, Weinberg ’23 selected as Little Joe Ventures Fellow

Founder Spotlight: Sarah Ahmad, McCormick + Weinberg ’18

Mission driven company panel featuring Natasha Ramanujam, Weinberg ’15

Student Spotlight: Mateo Price, Weinberg ’21

Daniel Mitrani (Weinberg ’18) and his experience founding a company at The Garage


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