Entrepreneurial skills are sought-after – whether you go on to start your own company or work for established companies in the region. At UWM, there are specialty courses in addition to the entrepreneurship curriculum offered in the Lubar School of Business.

Ideas Challenge Courses

Ideas Challenge courses are mostly open to students in any discipline. Project-based and nonconventional, Ideas Challenge courses are incubators of student innovators. Students enrolled may be linked with a student entrepreneur to work together on a product or enterprise. Or they may be a student entrepreneur working on their own project. A few examples:

  • Product Realization
  • Design and Visual Communications
  • Innovation and Commercialization
  • Mobile App Development
  • Performing Communities and Social Entrepreneurship

Pop-Up Courses

These informal sessions are held in the evenings and feature business leaders, faculty and others who share and advise. Topics include:

  • Elevator Pitching
  • Crowd Funding
  • Creating a Financial Model
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Legal Clinic
  • Venture Finance

Fresh Ideas course

An entrepreneurship “first” experience course is offered once a year for all incoming students.

“I was looking for courses I could enroll in where I could apply my ideas. Startup projects keep you thinking, keep you active and motivated.”  -Alex Francis

Alex Francis

While taking an undergraduate course, Alex Francis was introduced to a faculty-created device that he believed had commercial potential. Now a doctoral student, Francis is in talks with the Medical College of Wisconsin to test the product, has won additional funding of more than $100,000 for his company, Isopoint Technologies.