The UWM Ideas Challenge Program offers undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff across all disciplines programming that builds on innovative programs that are helping transform the UWM entrepreneurial experience. Ideas Challenge is the name we have given to a collection of innovative design programs and courses designed to bring out the entrepreneur in anyone, regardless of major. This collection of programs and workshops include: Student Startup Challenge, Pop-Ups, Fresh Ideas, Pub Talks, Kellner Entrepreneurship Fellows, University Innovation Fellows, and Community Partnerships with Shorewood School District, School District of New Berlin, and Pathways High. UWM faculty and students are also able to tap into the commercial end of promising research by participating in I-Corps at UWM, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Interdisciplinary and multi-faceted, Ideas Challenge is designed to address the entire process, from conception and design to financing and customer discovery. Ideas Challenge gives you the chance to learn by doing.
The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center is anchored by Ideas Challenge Programming that supports education and entrepreneurship. This programming builds on the long-standing strength of the Lubar School of Business as well as new innovative programs that are helping transform the UWM entrepreneurial experience. This broad-based approach helps bring UWM discoveries to market and create new enterprises that strengthen our economy. But the goals of these efforts go beyond new startup companies. These programs provide UWM graduates with important skills – whether they go on to work for established companies in the Milwaukee region or start their own companies. In addition, UWM faculty will benefit from new ways of identifying opportunities and promising research directions.