Avdeev, colleagues, awarded $30K to develop environmental responsibility program

With a $30,000 grant from VentureWell, a four-person UWM team is developing a program this fall to boost entrepreneurial activity among students who are studying or exposed to environmental responsibility.

The team developing the program—called UWM Sustainability Challenge Program—is being led by Ilya Avdeev, director of innovation at Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and associate professor, mechanical engineering, and includes Kate Nelson, UWM’s chief sustainability officer, Konstantin Sobolev, professor civil & environmental engineering, and Nathaniel Stern, director, Student Start-Up Challenge and professor of art and design/mechanical engineering.

The program will bring together diverse university resources to help accelerate the creation and launch of student teams working to solve environmental challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship.