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.
Every Student Startup Challenge winner receives support for one year in the form of mentorship and training through workshops and one-on-one coaching, a product/service prototype development team, help with developing business model and plan, and support of $5,000 to $10,000 to kickstart the idea.
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.