The Garage’s Pre-Accelerator program, Jumpstart (formerly known as Wildfire), aims to develop students as both leaders and founders by introducing new ways of thinking and problem solving.
The Jumpstart Pre-Accelerator program (formerly known as Wildfire) at The Garage seeks to accelerate early-stage student teams by giving them additional resources and coaching over a period of 10 weeks – June 20 through August 23, 2023. We aim to help them to reach problem solution fit, and prepare them for the next phase of their ventures whether it’s customer acquisition, growth, fundraising, or applying to accelerators. Jumpstart culminates with Demo Day, where students will present their proposal and gain feedback from established judges. This is a program designed to help early-stage ventures learn, grow, and overcome obstacles preventing the launch of their ventures.
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.
Jumpstart is comprised of three vital pillars: development of the entrepreneurial toolkit, learning to sell yourself and your idea via pitch practice, and gaining an entrepreneurial mindset. 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. Student teams are also offered a stipend to sustain their ventures through the summer.
After Jumpstart wraps, student teams pitch their ventures at Demo Day, where a prize pool of $10,000 is up for grabs.
Team led by program participants Elliot Hall, Kellogg ’23 & Rahul Srivathsa, Kellogg ’24.
Team led by program participants Zahra Hussain, Weinberg ’25 & Mohammad Hasan Khokhar, Weinberg ’24.
Team led by program participants Bella LeSage, Weinberg ’25 & Leah Kelly, Harvard ’25.
Team led by program participants Hyeyun Jeong, Weinberg ’25 & Taejune Yoon, Weinberg ’25.
Team led by program participants Akito Kashiwai, Kellogg ’24; Alex Saavedra, Weinberg ’23; Mark Fortes, Weinberg ’25; & Jesse Ozdamar, Kellogg ’24.
Team led by program participants Scott Tsangeos, Kellogg ’24; Jerry Han, McCormick ’26; Anna Xiao, Weinberg ’24; & Rafael Biedron, McCormick ’26; & Haley Hooper, SESP ’23.
Team led by program participants Ashley Guo, SESP ’25 & Ryan Lee, McCormick '26.
Team led by program participants Eagan Notokusumo, McCormick ’25; Pavli Papadakis, SoC ’23; Julie Park, Weinberg/Feinberg ’25; & Austine Omondi, McCormick ’26.
Team led by program participants Tanjeria Crite, Kellogg ’24 & Upashruti Agrawal, Kellogg ’24.
Team led by program participants Grayson Donnelly, McCormick ’25 & John Hileman, McCormick/Weinberg ’26.
Team led by program participants Patrick Giavelli, McCormick ’24 & Kallie Mingay, McCormick ’24.