WHY SHOULD I DO THIS?
You should do this if you want to understand how to build a startup or innovate for a corporation. You should do this for the hands-on, real-world professional development. You should do this to learn how to really collaborate, communicate, think critically and be creative. You should do this to join the brightest collegiate minds from across the region, as we throw you into the deep end of innovation and give you direct access to a massive professional network that you will find nowhere else.
Plus, it’s free and we feed you pretty darn well.
WHAT Would I WORK ON?
We'll put you on a cross-functional team of other students and have you work on a new startup venture or a corporate innovation challenge. We'll guide you through a structured process and help you create something great!
The corporate innovation challenges change each semester, but past challenges have come from Northwestern Mutual, Kohl's, Briggs & Stratton, Direct Supply, Church Mutual, ManpowerGroup, Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Rexnord and American Family Insurance.
The startup ideas come from you! Each semester we pick a couple startup ideas to run through the program. If you have an awesome idea and want to try your hand at being a startup founder, you can let us know in your application and we will follow up via email to talk more. Past ideas have ranged from compression garments outfitted with biometric sensors to grocery delivery services for college students to booking services for musicians.
WOULD I be A GOOD FIT?
We're looking for motivated students that want to solve cool problems. Students will typically fall into one of these roles when working on a team:
Hackers - technical and engineering folks of all types
Hipsters - designers, artists and creatives
Hustlers - sales, marketing, finance and business
Handlers - project coordinators, organizers and team leaders
WHERE IS IT?
Classes meet at downtown Milwaukee's Ward 4 co-working space.
WHEN IS IT?
Here's the full schedule with details on times and topics.
>> Please review the schedule carefully because attendance is mandatory <<
If you see conflicts or simply cannot join this fall, you should toss your name into our mailing list. We'll let you know about our future classes, as well as any other fun stuff we do!
HOW MUCH WORK SHOULD I EXPECT?
Aside from the in-person meetings, plan on at least 2-4 hours of extra work per week. For those receiving credit, it's more like 8-10 hours per week to meet your school's requirements.
WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?
We're doing a rolling accepting of small groups beginning right now. With a max capacity of 75 students, this is a very competitive program.... apply soon!
WHAT IF I'M NOT A STUDENT?
Sorry, we can only accept currently-enrolled students from our partnering colleges and universities right now. But if you're a talented person interested in this sort of stuff, perhaps there's a good opportunity for you as a Commons Mentor! Learn more here.
Okay let me apply already!
Have more questions?
Not a problem. Get in touch with us