The Residency Program

For the truly committed entrepreneurs looking to grow their ideas as a part of The Garage community.

The Residency program is an opportunity for student teams, both undergraduate and graduate, to be core members of The Garage’s entrepreneurial community. Resident teams use The Garage as their office and receive special privileges like 24/7 access, a weekly Family Dinner and priority for Office Hours with mentors and staff.

Ideas can be for profit or nonprofit, hardware or software, commercial products or artistic endeavors—anything that requires bringing a new idea to fruition. Resident teams are selected on a quarterly basis. To qualify for Residency, the team lead must have spent at least one quarter working on the current venture in the Tinker or Residency program, and have at least two team members. Also, any team with new leaders must spend at least a quarter in the Tinker program.

The Benefits

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24/7 Access

Selected Residents get 24/7 access to The Garage, a dedicated desk, and access to reservable meeting rooms.

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Family Dinner

Residents get an exclusive invite to our weekly Family Dinner, where we hear from a startup superstar.

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Resident teams are assigned a dedicated mentor in their industry, to help them on their entrepreneurial journey.

Resident Teams

Fall 2023 Cohort


Allura disrupts the traditional social media model by empowering influencers and stylists to curate personalized, shoppable fashion content directly based on consumer requests, creating a more efficient and intent-driven shopping experience that enhances earnings for creators and satisfaction for shoppers.

Alpime Health

Alpime Health offers a reliable, secure, and efficient electronic medical record system starting in Côte d’Ivoire and expanding to neighboring West African countries.

Aulive and Onion Studio

Aulive and Onion Studio creates unique and immersive digital experiences with emerging technologies.


B2B is a platform that facilitates fundraiser events between student organizations and local restaurants, connecting both parties and providing essential infrastructure.


Boardible is a digital board game marketplace that offers an immersive gameplay experience for players and a no-code game development engine for publishers. supports group cohesion among sports teams with a multimodal wearable.


Borrough is a marketplace that enables residents in large buildings to share household items with their neighbors.

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Caped Clinicians is a research publication that works to break down barriers that prevent some from understanding scientific discovery in STEM fields.


Cogno is an sales automation tool customized for seamless global commerce.


Convident is an app for students who identify as being in the intermediate plateau, who are seeking for a new solution to give them directions/milestones and motivation to continue their language learning journey.


Dearily is an online platform for remembrance of those who have passed away, where loved ones can share and hold dear the memories of those they have lost.

Desperado Denim

Desperado Denim is a western-style inspired apparel brand offering highly-quality, unique apparel that allows women to feel authentic to the Great American West.


Envo produces sustainable alternatives for single-use plastic products.


Explorate is a platform that makes intl. volunteering more accessible by bridging those passionate about social & environmental justice with an NGO volunteering opportunity that resonates with them.


Glucolyzer's mission is to develop and commercialize a noninvasive glucose monitoring tool for widespread use.


GrantApp is a common grant application for nonprofits and philanthropists.


Hapt-E creates advanced, realistic haptics for AR/VR.

Hiero 6 dba Voltsensa

Hiero 6 dba Voltsensa creates large, utility-scale advance analytics products to further enable smart grids & improve distribution grid reliability.


hostU matches students who are looking to sublet their place or find a place to stay; our algorithm verifies university-affiliation and sends users direct matches.


Inbound provides HR software to streamline university recruiting for enterprises.


JusticeArch provides digital solutions to enhance access to legal services, currently by linking individuals with legal issues to pre-vetted attorneys tailored to their needs.

Kitchen Kapital

Kitchen Kapital provides superior risk visibility to unlock accessible financial options for small foodservice owners.


Leva is a customized mentorship software and service designed to empower women in the workplace and enable strong retention.


LITTERBOX IS WHERE WILDCATS STORE THEIR SH*T! Summer storage made for Northwestern students — by Northwestern students.

Nesian News

Nesian News connects Islanders across the world through media.


OLYMPUS is a mobile application that empowers people who lift weights to track, analyze, and share their workouts.


Orthobot is a sports and emergency medicine triage bot meant for athletes, physical therapists, physicians, and more.

Overture Games

Overture Games makes video games for musicians.


Oyster empowers everyday people with simplified and accessible rentals - so you can spend more time enjoying your new experience, not planning it.


Payforme enables paying for other people's purchases online.

Pebble Community Labs

Pebble Community Labs is an agency helping influencers and brands connect with their audience and build community


Kosisonic creates innovative signal processing designed to make hearing easier.


RelationTrip is app that helps long distance couples get closer through appreciating the small actions they do for each other.


Roete is a B2B SaaS tool that centralizes a company's software solutions under one roof, to reduce data sparsity and optimize operational performance.


Rootify is a family connection platform that seeks to bridge generations, history, and distance.

Rux Chai

Rux Chai aims to introduce the genuine flavors and cultural essence of Indian Chai directly to the American consumer.


Skuy is a community-driven events and discussion platform.


Soul is an application to confirm the truth of digital information by proving human identity and verifying data authenticity.


SPLIT books cheap rides to the airport for students by matching them with their peers.

Square One

Square One is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to promote children’s health and wellness through an equitable and accessible health curriculum based on principles of problem-based learning.


SteadyScrib invented the first writing utensil specifically designed for those with Parkinson’s.

Stella's Imagination

Stella's Imagination is a thriving sewing business specializing in handmade plushies since 2015, dedicated to delivering high-quality craftsmanship with a keen attention to detail with shipping worldwide.


TailorTalk is an AI startup focused on developing Companion AI that grows with its user to fulfill emotional and friendship-like needs, blending technical innovation with a commitment to diverse and impactful user experiences.


TegoTech is revolutionizing safety and accessibility with our game-changing magnetic wall outlet technology.

The Neuron

The Neuron teaches people about AI.

Tilt Desserts

Tilt Desserts is a non-dairy frozen dessert brand that boasts a naturally high protein & fiber content derived solely from chickpeas.


turbolearn turns lecture recordings, pdfs, and youtube videos into study guides.


Vaulterra leverages Enhanced Rock Weathering to remove atmospheric carbon dioxide and support farmers.


WhenWeEat is a mobile application streamlining the process of users finding a common date, time, & location to share a meal on campus.