Propel is a quarterly program for women students with a startup idea.
Launched in 2018, Propel is an internationally recognized, award-winning program providing networking, mentorship, and immersive learning experiences. Women who are full-time students can apply for the program, which is made possible by generous donors. Ideas can be for profit or nonprofit, hardware or software, commercial products, or artistic endeavors—anything that requires bringing a new idea to fruition.
Project: ReWear is an online platform that allows college students to buy, sell, trade, or lend their clothing or accessories to ease the stress of last-minute shopping and promote secondhand practices on campus.
Project: Desperado Denim is a clothing brand created to conserve western values to inspire others to live authentic and with unity.
Topics: Alpime Health offers a reliable, secure, and efficient electronic medical record system, following a three-pronged objective of data storage for healthcare administrators, data representation for doctors and patients, and data analytics for hospitals, starting in Côte d’Ivoire and expanding to neighboring West African countries.
Project: Sahara is a platform designed to bridge South Asian individuals with mental health professionals from the same cultural background.
40% of US businesses are owned by women. However, less than 10% of venture-backed companies have a woman founder and only 2.8% of venture capital went to all-woman founding teams. The Garage is committed to supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs. In 2018, The Garage launched the Propel program to support women students.
Thank you to the following generous donors for their commitment to supporting the Propel program and student entrepreneurs at Northwestern:
Invitations to networking events throughout the year.
Participants attend an all-expenses-paid annual field trip to visit industry-leading brands - plus a $1,000 award to spend on an entrepreneurial project.
One-on-one mentorship with accomplished professionals.
"It’s inspiring being in a space created by women with the goal of uplifting women entrepreneurs. I’ve met so many amazing friends and alumni who I can learn and grow from."