Thanks to a group of motivated students from Macquarie’s Asia-Pacific Entrepreneurial Society (ASES) and the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Macquarie now has a new entrepreneurial space on campus. The Garage is a physical space in the Campus Hub where students and the wider community can come together to pioneer ideas and make them a reality.
ASES’ students Joseph Park and Divij Mehra approached the University with the idea and were overwhelmed with the support they received.
“Support came from everywhere, and continues to this day,” says the pair. “We believe there is somewhat of a movement around campus, and for us Macquarie students, it’s an exciting time!”
“The Garage is part of a push for a wider entrepreneurial movement at Macquarie to bring together staff and students, as reflected in the Learning and Teaching White Paper,” says Professor Sherman Young, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching). “We want the entrepreneurial movement at Macquarie to be cross-disciplinary, and we want to get staff talking to each other.”
Professor Young explains the name of the new space reflects the history of the garage as a birthplace of entrepreneurial values – Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple in one.
“The Garage will be a safe space where student entrepreneurs can be free to fail, to shoot for the stars, and if that doesn’t work, that’s okay. They can move on to the next thing,” he says.
Step inside The Garage on Level 3 of the Campus Hub (C10A), and read more about the story behind The Garage on Teche.