The Garage’s reach is far and wide. We’ve met some extraordinary people, had dinner with established founders, and visited some of the most talked about offices in the country.
Through alumni connections, field trips, and more, students at The Garage have been offered exciting opportunities for conversations with some of their favorite people, including:
Mark Cuban, Founder of Broadcast.com; Investor on SharkTank
Candace Nelson, Founder & CEO of Sprinkles Cupcakes
Dinesh Moorjani, Co-founder of Tinder
Gwyneth Paltrow, Founder of goop
Katrina Lake, Co-founder and CEO of Stitch Fix
Bryan Leach, founder & CEO of iBotta
Ann Crady Weiss, Co-founder of HatchBaby
Chuck Ursini, co-founder of System1
Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO at SpaceX
Brian Chesky, Co-founder of Airbnb
Liz Giorgi, co-founder & CEO of soona
Anna Macsalka, founder of Zenimal
Every week during the academic year, The Garage holds Family Dinner for our Resident students. With an exclusive invite, students hear frank talks from accomplished founders and storytellers in an intimate and casual environment.
In addition to quarterly field trips to innovative Chicago-based offices, we’ve taken students on treks to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, and New York City, where we’ve spent time with accomplished alumni. We’ve stopped by the Northwestern spaces in NYC and SF, and visited amazing places like the New York Stock Exchange and Uber’s headquarters.