The UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center uses a multidisciplinary approach that pairs forward-thinking instructors with unique programming to help students, faculty, and staff nurture their ideas, build confidence, and succeed as entrepreneurs, innovators, and change-makers.

Growing UWM’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Lubar Entrepreneurship Center programming is designed to engage UWM students and faculty across disciplines – giving them skills in innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial thinking to enhance their success. These programs build on UWM’s foundation in research and education to engage faculty, students, and the community in entrepreneurship. The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center also serves as a pillar of Milwaukee’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem – as a home to key programs that create a pipeline of talent and a resource for growing businesses.

Innovation Spaces

Our center features signature spaces for working, meeting, and exploring new ideas. The Innovation Commons will provide an informal meeting space for students, entrepreneurs, and advisers in varied spaces where a group can pull up a whiteboard for a huddle or working session. The center will also offer the following:

  • Co-Working and Collaboration – allowing students, business leaders, and entrepreneurs to meet informally to share ideas in a collaborative environment
  • Flexible Instruction – providing a home for “Ideas Challenge Courses” that accommodate experiential and engaged learning through entrepreneurship
  • Innovation Labs and “Maker” Spaces – providing resources for students to experiment and to prototype products and software
  • Touchdown and Launch Space – providing a home for student entrepreneurs, faculty, community business partners and others to work on building new enterprises

LEC Staff

profile photoAvdeev, IlyaAssociate Professor / Director of InnovationMechanical Engineering / Lubar Entrepreneurship Center(414) 229-6949avdeev@uwm.eduEng & Math Sciences 975

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering 
Director of Innovation,
Core Team, Milwaukee I-Corps™

profile photoFairbanks, MarkLubar Entrepreneurship Center

Entrepreneur-In-Residence of Social Innovation

profile photoHorinek, MJ (Madeline)Innovation InternUWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Centermhorinek@uwm.eduLubar Entrepreneurship Center

University Innovation Fellow, UWM
Innovation Intern, LEC

profile photoMoore Jr., ElmerUWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Centermoore437@uwm.eduLubar Entrepreneurship Center

Adjunct Faculty, Milwaukee I-Corps™

profile photoPeterson, LorenEntrepreneurial AdvisorEAS-MKE, LLCloren.g.peterson@gmail.comUWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

Entrepreneurial Advisor, EAS-MKE, LLC
Core Team, Milwaukee I-Corps™

profile photoPowley, NicoleProgram CoordinatorLubar Entrepreneurship Center(414) 906-4684nicole@uwmrf.orgLubar Entrepreneurship Center 203

Program Manager, LEC

profile photoRogers, GraceInnovation Intern, UIFLubar Entrepreneurship Center(262)343-5287glrogers@uwm.eduLubar Entrepreneurship Center

University Innovation Fellow, UWM

Innovation Intern, LEC

profile photoStern, NathanielAssociate Professor // DirectorPSOA Art & Design // Student Startup Challenge(414) 229-6054sternn@uwm.eduArt Building 251

Professor, Art & Design / Mechanical Engineering
Director, Startup Challenge

profile photoThompson, BrianPresident / DirectorUWMRF / LEC(414) 906-4653briant@uwmrf.orgUWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center 210

President, UWMRF
Core Team, Milwaukee I-Corps™