The Jumpstart Pre-Accelerator program at The Garage seeks to accelerate early-stage student teams by giving them resources and coaching over a period of 10 weeks. This summer, the program officially kicks off on June 20th and will culminate with a Demo Day on August 23rd, where students will present their proposal and gain feedback from established judges for a chance to win from a prize pool of $10,000. Read last year’s Demo Day recap here!
Through thoughtful content workshops, team building activities, and one-on-one guidance, students learn the ABC’s of entrepreneurship, master the art of storytelling, and develop important soft skills like resiliency and the ability to have difficult conversations. In fact, each of the student teams that placed first, second, and third in last year's Jumpstart Demo Day went on to become Semifinalists in VentureCat: Northwestern's Annual Student Startup Competition.
Like all programs at The Garage, Jumpstart welcomes all ideas: for-profit, nonprofit, arts-based, technology, or anything that students wish to see come to life through innovation and hard work.
The Garage is pleased to present the following students and startups chosen to participate this year!
Each of these exceptional student teams received a $10,000 award upon acceptance into the program. "I'm very excited for the opportunity to work on Olympus full-time as part of the Jumpstart program. With the time, resources, and support of the Garage ecosystem, I have no doubt that we will reach our development and growth goals far faster than we could have otherwise,” shared Scott Tsangeos, founder & CEO of Olympus.
Zahra Hussain, founder & CEO of Envo, shared that “it is the ideal way I want to spend my sophomore summer – working on a project I love in an extremely innovative and motivating environment. I am really looking forward to meeting other founders, learning more about running a startup, and having a productive and entrepreneurial summer!”
Jumpstart applications open in the winter and spring quarters every year. Learn more about the program here.