Corporate Partnerships

The UWM Research Foundation works to develop strategic partnerships with companies in the Milwaukee region and beyond by helping provide companies with a pipeline of talent, access to technology developed at UWM, and collaborative relationships with UWM researchers in basic and applied research. In partnership with the Office of Sponsored Programs, the UWM Research Foundation can develop confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, and sponsored research agreements that make corporate research partnerships possible.

Brian Kost (left), general manager of imaging subsystems and engineering at GE Healthcare, collaborates with UWM Professor of Electrical Engineering, Dr. Jun Zhang to create more efficient and higher quality imaging equipment.
As the first Johnson Controls Endowed Chair, Professor Deyang Qu leads the collaborations between University of Wisconsin and Johnson Controls partnering for the aligned and targeted research to improve and develop the next generation of car batteries.

Community Partnerships

The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center is a resource for the community offering connections to UWM’s programs in innovation and entrepreneurship. The Center also draws on expertise from the region to further these goals.

Scale Up Milwaukee

Scale Up Milwaukee and the Scalerator program are fostering development of our economy and helping existing companies grow. The program is targeted at companies with $1 to $10 million in revenue and delivers focused content on finding customers, growing capacity and managing cash flow.  The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and will support the Scalerator program working in conjunction with the Lubar School of Business.


BizStarts has selected the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center as the home for the Bizstarts Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame which will help BizStarts and UWM recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Milwaukee entrepreneurs.

The Commons

The Commons is a collaboration among 24 institutions including UWM. UWM students participate in the Commons, and they benefit from the broader and growing entrepreneurship community.


WERCBench and the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center have partnered to deliver I-Corps curriculum in Lean Launch and customer discovery as part of the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (MWERC) WERCBench Accelerator program.

Shorewood Schools

Shorewood Schools and the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center have teamed up to use design thinking and other approaches to help Shorewood strengthen and enhance “authentic learning” experiences for their students.

School District of New Berlin

School District of New Berlin and the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center partnered to create a new entrepreneurship course, Advanced Innovation and Design (Iaid) modeled on the Innovation and Commercialization Class (an Ideas Challenge Course taught in the UWM College of Engineering and Applied Science). Students who complete the class can receive UWM credit when they enroll.

The UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center will be housed in a new 24,000 sq. ft. facility at a central location on the UWM campus.  This prominent location and the co-location of the UWM Campus Welcome Center with the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center will send a powerful message about the importance of entrepreneurship to UWM. The Center will provide a home for student entrepreneurs, faculty, community business partners and others to work on building new enterprises.