The Student Startup Challenge has exciting news...
We are working hard on bringing you new and improved Student Startup Challenge 5.0.

The program will leverage our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem of students, faculty, and staff.

The new 2016-2017 edition of the program will kick-off in August 2016. The new Student Startup Challenge will consist of five stages, each with varying kinds of support, monetary and otherwise:

Stage 1: building a team
Stage 2: identifying opportunity
Stage 3: generating ideas
Stage 4: customer discovery (LeanLaunch)
Stage 5: developing and testing proof-of-concept product or prototype

You will be able to plug into the program at any stage. All will be eligible for support that will progressively grow from one stage to the next.

Stay tuned for more details soon….

The Student Startup Challenge (SSC) turns student ideas into reality. The SSC fosters UWM's culture of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking through creativity and deadline-orientated projects. Students and recent alums are given time and space to shape their ideas, take risks, develop networks and tell their stories to a broader community. The SSC bridges the gap between that first passionate idea and its realization.

Past innovators have included: consumer products like ice skates or swim goggles that speed up professional athletes; apps that help students get their degrees faster or grade school kids have fun learning math; and an arts program that improves the lives of people with dementia by creating their own original musicals.


Submissions are now open!

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Looking for talent or would like to be part of a team? Visit our Community page to start your search.