Get more out of college than a degree. Competitions provide hands-on training in everything from critical thinking to elevator pitching. You may even walk away with significant seed funding.
Student Startup Challenge
Co-curricular program that encourages students to develop their ideas and launch businesses.
Three phases pair student entrepreneurs with existing classes and student teams to create prototypes and business plans to ultimately market ideas.
Deadline: October 31st, 2018
One-hour intimate conversations with a local entrepreneur or community innovator.
Every month, the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center invites a local entrepreneur or community innovator for an intimate chat with UWM students, faculty, and staff. By offering these talks, LEC hopes to build a larger and more diverse network of students involved in entrepreneurship, including one that spans across disciplines and majors.
UWM Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)
Hosted by the Lubar School of Business, CEO is open to students in any discipline.
CEO Elevator Pitch Competition
The competition gives participants two minutes to convey the value of their business venture to a panel of judges. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will receive a monetary prize. Don’t have an idea to pitch this time? No problem, spectators are welcome.
CEO Student Entrepreneur of the Year
A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the outstanding student entrepreneur who is a current student, a CEO member, and is actively running a business with sales and revenue at the time of submission. This award helps to recognize the hard work and dedication that goes into launching a venture while in college.
James D. Scheinfeld Entrepreneurial Awards Competition
This competition encourages students to take new ideas to market by awarding seed capital to the top three entries.
La Macchia New Venture Business Plan
UWM students can earn significant cash prizes and learn how to develop, write, and present an effective business plan.
UWM Research Foundation
The UWM Research Foundation supports a continuum of intellectual property management activities and student entrepreneurship.
This group of UWM students develop mobile applications for non-profits, student entrepreneurs and other organizations.
Wisconsin Big Ideas Tournament
Teaches Lean Startup business development tools, provides business mentorship, and allows participants to compete at a state level.
WBIT is an entrepreneurship competition open to undergraduate and graduate students attending any two- or four-year University of Wisconsin school across the state (except UW-Madison). It teaches cutting-edge Lean Startup business development tools, provides business mentorship, and allows participants to compete at a state level for a chance to win seed funding for their idea as well as a chance to compete internationally at the International Business Model Competition (IBMC).
Business School Entrepreneurial Programs
From professional student orgs to specialty internships, the Lubar School offers many doors to enter into the campus startup culture.
Through the interdisciplinary Bostrom Center for Business Competitiveness, Innovation and Entrepreneurship faculty, doctoral students, and area corporations advance topics of business competitiveness and innovation, including the La Macchia Enterprises Entrepreneur Internship Program.
There are more than 15 business student orgs. For the list, go to http://uwm.edu/business/academics/student-organizations/
University Innovation Fellows
“Change Agents,” who lead the UWM student community with activities designed to hone creative thinking and link them to campus resources.
NSF Milwaukee I-Corps
Researchers and entrepreneurs explore the viability of their technologies and ventures through the “Lean Startup”.
Arts & Entrepreneurship
Prepares arts students to become leaders in their communities and engaged with social challenges.
The multidisciplinary approach to the curriculum creates a mechanism for students to work together across departments and schools, and prepares them for careers in community and civic leadership at non-profits or governmental agencies.
PantherHacks provides event programming to encourage, accelerate, and foster an environment of collaboration and innovation on campus.
The mission of PantherHacks Student Organization is to encourage acceleration of innovation, collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and the development of technical and professional skills by hosting events in the community with UWM partners. PantherHacks has hosted in the past an annual competition known as a “hackathon” where teams work together on a new idea or product.
I.T. Innovations Internship Program
This Tech Talent & Innovation Accelerator gives students an opportunity to work on UWM IT projects.
The program has been developed and designed over the years to refine, develop and supplement students’ classroom knowledge. The goal: to develop job skills that match industry’s workforce needs. As a result, SAITS alumni enter the workforce with the equivalent of one to five years of real-world experience.
Prototyping Club at UWM
This diverse club is composed of students dedicated to inventing, tinkering, making, and learning. They also help run the EMS Makerspace.
The Prototyping Club is composed of students dedicated to inventing, tinkering, making, and learning. They also volunteer in the Engineering Math and Science (EMS) building Makerspace and help to maintain, staff, and run the space. This club has no specific interest and aims to make their club a hub for students and student orgs to easily access the makerspace.
President: Ryan Severson
Vice President: Jeremy Wissell
Treasurer: Michael Powely
Secretary: Andrew Krill
Immersive Media Lab
The Immersive Media Lab focuses on mediums and technologies of the future. This interdisciplinary research space merges art and science.
The Immersive Media Lab focuses on the technologies and mediums of the future – mediums such as the emerging field of Extended Reality. This interdisciplinary research space runs with the mindset that creativity is the denominator between the arts and sciences. Researchers from all over UWM can explore how these new options augment their research through the embodiment of their data, dynamic interactions with the information the data yields, and enhances their efforts through networked collaborative learning.
UWM’s Innovators Expo is an annual celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship that showcases student, faculty, and staff startups.