A Snapshot of a Week in the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

From left to right: Dr. Andrew Dressel, Lindsey Roddy, and Kyle Janson Director of Prototyping Center at UWM networking during the UWM Research Foundation Annual Reception.

With the spring semester coming to a close, we at the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center wanted to reminisce on one of our most busy and fun weeks of the semester – March 2nd through March 6th.

Between Monday March 2nd and Friday March 6th, all of these events and milestones occurred:

  • A dozen Ideas Challenge courses were taught in the LEC. Ranging from arts to engineering.
  • UW System regents meeting with a panel of our student entrepreneurs who told their inspirational stories of impact and transformation.

The UW System Regents meet with a panel of student entrepreneurs, including Crissi Bates (Jackson House LLC.) and Loren Nelson (Levor).

  • Joint session of UWM MBA students and MCW medical students exploring the business of healthcare.
  • Keynote by a Pixar animator, Matthew Luhn, with 200 students, staff, faculty, and community members. Luhn spoke about story telling – not just for movies, but for business, brand and impact.

Matthew Luhn, Pixar animator, explains the movement of the plastic army men in the movie Toy Story, during his Geek Week presentation.

  • Meeting of the Chancellors Think Tank 2030+ group envisioning the future of UWM amid a changing landscape for education.
  • Design thinking session helping campus LGBTQ+ rethink engagement and be heard on campus.
  • Filming of “Meeting in Middle American” podcast hosted by Steven Olikara.

Steven Olikara – host of the podcast “Meeting in Middle America” speaks with Tarik Moody – Digital Director of Strategy and Innovation and Rhythm Lab Radio Host.

  • Office hours for our Startup Challenge; fostering one-on-one connections with student entrepreneurs.
  • UWM Research Foundation board meeting and reception honoring UWM faculty researchers who have received patents and completed license agreements for their technology over the past year.

Marcia Silva receives an award recognizing her license agreement for her filter design at the UWM Research Foundation reception.

  • A Pop-Up class for student startups featuring the Madison Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic.
  • Social Good Morning talk by Dr. Anne Basting – a MacArthur Genius Award winner – describing how she’s scaling her innovative work.

An overlook at Dr. Anne Basting’s Social Good Morning talk.

  • Teens Grow Greens teaching a diverse group of Milwaukee youth about leadership, self-efficacy, and healthy living.
  • Countless meetings with students, researchers and faculty.
  • Over 500 cups of coffee consumed.

One of our goals for the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center is foster connections for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship” – Brian Thompson, Director of the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center.

The week of March 2nd demonstrates how far the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center has come in pursuing our goals and what we are able to accomplish. Shortly after, on March 16, the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center transitioned to all virtual formats for programming. By the end of the spring semester, the LEC was able to host 30 virtual events. Proving that nothing, not even a pandemic, can stop the pursuit of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.