Advanced Manufacturing and Design Laboratory

NCIIA Program Grant Awarded

NCIIA and the UWM SSC team up

The UWM Student Startup Challenge (SSC) leadership team is pleased to announce that the program has recently been granted funding from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). The Course and Program grant, totaling $35,000 that will be spent over the next two years, aids UWM student innovators in achieving their entrepreneurial goals. NCIIA members pride themselves on being a community that looks to support future innovators and to provide resources that assist higher education institutions’ entrepreneurship programs across the nation.

Dr. Ilya Avdeev, Dr. Nathaniel Stern, and Brian Thompson, co-founders of the program, are ecstatic to partner with the NCIIA. “This is huge for our program and we’re so thankful,” Dr. Avdeev noted. “This grant puts UWM on the map alongside the nation’s biggest institutions and their programs. It’s amazing how much the SSC has grown in the past year. We couldn’t be more excited.”

The approved proposal, titled “Establishing a Technology Entrepreneurship Program at UW-Milwaukee,” will assist in continuing the expansion of the SSC program in the next few years. NCIIA funding will continue until spring of 2015 when the proposal can potentially be renewed.

Do you have great ideas but don’t know where to start? Submissions will open soon for the 2013 Student Startup Challenge on UWM Undergraduates, graduate students and recent alumni (must have graduated within the past two years) of all majors are invited to partake.

For more information on the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, visit their website: