Spring 2017

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Here are a few of the resident teams who are currently incubating at The Garage.


Four million people a year are going to be retiring over the next 20 years, and 40 percent of those people will be relocating to a new location. “And they have no idea where to start,” says eRetirements CEO Jared Scharen. He created a web-based platform to help retirees find the right community for their golden years.


Founded by three third-generation entrepreneurs — including Rebecca Sholiton ’16 MBA and second-year MBA student Nate Cooper — EatPakd delivers healthy and customizable kid-size lunches and meals to your home. “We’re bringing back real food into moments where convenience often wins,” says Sholiton. The startup serves Chicago and the Greater Midwest.


Freshman Vishaal Mali and a few high school friends created a portable bicycle attachment that harnesses kinetic energy and transforms it into accessible electricity that can be used to charge your phone or other devices. Mali and his PedalCell teammate Christoph Aigner, a fellow freshman, are developing the next-generation prototype at The Garage.


Second-year Kellogg School of Management student Tiffany Smith, a former construction manager, created Tiltas to help nonviolent drug offenders find employment opportunities in skilled labor. Smith and her team won $50,000 in the 2016 Kapor Capital People Ops Tech Competition in December.