The Garage Opportunity Fund

Description of Fund:

  • Many types of business expenses are covered, but some examples include:
  • Marketing expenses like buying a domain name, hosting a website, or getting a logo designed.
  • Prototyping expenses like buying art supplies, fabric samples, or electronic components.
  • Software expenses like a Canva or Zapier account.
  • Skills expenses like purchasing a coding class on Udemy.


  • Full-time, undergraduate Northwestern student
  • Accepted into The Garage’s Tinker or Residency program
  • A team lead – the qualifying student should be leading the idea or business – i.e. not volunteering to help out on someone else’s business or idea


  • Step 1: Draft a proposal for the business expenses that you would like to have covered. Each student is allotted up to $1,000, but it can be requested in smaller allotments.
  • Step 2: Schedule Office Hours with a designated peer mentor to review your proposal.
  • Step 3: Complete an application on One Form.
  • Step 4: If your proposal is approved, The Garage staff will work with you to purchase business expense items on your behalf.

For questions on the Opportunity Fund or qualifying expenses, please contact

Supplemental Questions
  1. What is your business idea or project?
  2. What problem are you trying to solve?
  3. Where is your business idea or project now?
  4. Proposed Expense and Rational:
  5. Have you met with a peer mentor?
  6. If yes, who?
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