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, IlyaLEC Director of Innovation and Kellner Entrepreneurship Fellow, Director, NSF I-Corps™ Site of Southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee I-Corps™), Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department: Mechanical Engineering / Lubar Entrepreneurship CenterMechanical Engineering / Lubar Entrepreneurship Center(414) 510-3631avdeev@uwm.eduEng & Math Sciences 975

Director of Innovation - Lubar Entrepreneurship Center
Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering
Director - NSF I-Corps™ Site of Southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee I-Corps™)
Kellner Entrepreneurship Fellow

profile photoCobb, PortiaAssociate Professor - UWM Peck School of the Arts, Department of Film, Video, Animation and New GenresPSOA Filmpcobb@uwm.eduMitchell Hall, b73a; KSE studio 475

Associate Professor – UWM Peck School of the Arts, Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres

Lubar Entrepreneurship Center Teaching Fellow - Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

profile photoCoffaro, AmeliaWell Entrepreneur-in-Residenceameliacoffaro@gmail.com

Well Entrepreneur in Residence, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

profile photoFairbanks, MarkEntrepreneur-in-Residence of Social InnovationLubar Entrepreneurship Centermark@islandsofbrilliance.org

Entrepreneur-In-Residence of Social Innovation, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

profile photoGribble, SarahAdministrative & Digital Media CoordinatorLubar Entrepreneurship Center & UWM Research Foundationsarah@uwmrf.org

Administrative & Digital Media Coordinator, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

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

University Innovation Fellow, UWM
Innovation Intern, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

profile photoLenz, LilithInnovation InternLubar Entrepreneurship CenterLlenz@uwm.eduLubar Entrepreneurship Center

Innovation Intern, LEC

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

Adjunct Faculty, Milwaukee I-Corps™

profile photoPeters, PaigeUWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center - I-CORPppeters@rapidradicals.com

Teaching Team, Milwaukee I-Corps™

Founder and CEO, Rapid Radicals Technology, LLC

profile photoPeterson, LorenEntrepreneur-in-Residence, Milwaukee I-Corps™ Core Teamlgp@eas-mke.comUWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center
Core Team, Milwaukee I-Corps™

profile photoPowley, NicoleAssistant Director for ProgramsLubar Entrepreneurship Center(414) 906-4684nicole@uwmrf.orgLubar Entrepreneurship Center Room 201

Assistant Director for Programs, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

profile photoRogers, GraceInnovation Intern, UWM University Innovation FellowLubar Entrepreneurship Center(262)343-5287glrogers@uwm.eduLubar Entrepreneurship Center

University Innovation Fellow, UWM

Innovation Intern, LEC

profile photoStern, NathanielProfessor // DirectorPSOA Art & Design // Student Startup Challenge(414) 251-6004 (Teams #)sternn@uwm.eduUWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center 201

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

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

President, UWMRF
Director,
 LEC
Core Team, Milwaukee I-Corps™