The Garage operates a variety of impactful programs focused on startup incubation, student development, and funding opportunities.
All programs at The Garage are designed to allow students to explore entrepreneurship and gain a community. Programs at The Garage are open to all full-time, degree-seeking Northwestern students (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD) from any school, with the exception of the Little Joe Ventures Fellowship. Check out our programs & apply below!
Looking to get involved at The Garage? Start here! The Tinker program is an entry-level, self-paced program with no commitment for students who want to explore entrepreneurship.
The Garage's core program for startups beyond the idea stage, featuring mentorship, weekly family dinners, and 24/7 access.
Jumpstart is a 10-week summer accelerator program for the most commited student teams - providing mentorship, $10,000, and 10-weeks of programming to accelerate your startup.
Propel is a quarterly program for women students with an entrepreneurial project.
Luminate is an entry level program for first-generation or low-income (FGLI) students with a startup idea.
X-Factor is a leadership development program that helps student founders develop heightened self-awareness so they can become better leaders.
The Opportunity Fund provides up to $1,000 in funding for SES-eligible current Residents or Tinkerers with a startup idea.
This highly competitive program offers financial awards, mentors, and transformational experiences for Sophomore students studying at the university.