Cowork & Revolutionize Workflows with AI

The Whitewater University Innovation Center hosts monthly Innovate Now meetup events on the third Thursday of the month.

Why attend? Learn, link, and leverage!

Bring your laptop. Let's cowork and use the AI tools together to generate ideas, expand our minds, and get work done!

In today's fast-paced digital landscape, businesses are constantly seeking ways to optimize their workflows and stay ahead of the competition. One of the most transformative tools in this quest for efficiency is Artificial Intelligence (AI). By harnessing the power of AI, organizations can revolutionize their workflows and unlock a new realm of innovation.


12:30-1:00pm Networking & Check-in

1:00-2:00pm Cowork & Revolutionize Workflows with AI: A Game-Changer for Innovation

2:00-2:30pm Open Networking (discussion, hang-out, play pool, enjoy)

Clients, students, faculty/staff, citizens, and partners are welcome to join at anytime or stay for the entire event. Snacks and beverages will be provided. You are welcome to bring some to share!

Meetup RSVP
Client News & Success Stories

Whitewater Community Chooses Finalists for Local Business Competition

The votes have been tallied, and the Whitewater community has spoken! With nearly 1,000 votes cast, and after careful consideration of the votes, they are thrilled to announce the finalists who will be advancing to the finale. The finale will take place on May 18th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Whitewater University Innovation Center.

Learn more

A Special Thanks to John DeGraff

After over 10 years of service, John DeGraff is retiring from teaching at UW-Whitewater. Over the years, he has served as an iMentor and provided marketing consulting for many of our clients. Through his Entrepreneurial Marketing class, numerous student teams have provided marketing research and plans for our clients. Thank you for your dedication, stories, and continuous support!

Learn more

2024 Warhawk Business Plan Contest

Congratulations to the 2024 Business Plan Competition Finalists!

  • Randall Nevins, Founder & CEO, SwiftOps Solutions
  • Caitlyn Dickman, Founder & CEO, Bridgeport
  • Isaac Schroeder, Founder & CEO, Threadpoll
  • Dylan Caruso, Founder, Rod Shell
  • Brian Fullerton, Founder, BioLink

A special congrats to the three winners of the competition:

  • 1st place – Dylan Caruso
  • 2nd place – Caitlyn Dickman
  • 3rd place – Isaac Schroeder

Many thanks to the judges:

  • David Brown, TSgt, WI ANG, JFHQ Office of Wisconsin Innovation, Director of Forwardwerx
  • Jim Caldwell, CEO, First Citizens State Bank 
  • Wilson Fay, Innovative Ventures Associate, WiSys 
  • Anthony Swindell, Director, gBETA Kenosha, gener8tor 
  • Heather Wentler, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Doyenne Group Joe Scanlin on How Scanalytics Tech can be Integrated with Floors to Reduce Emission

Joe Scanlin, Founder and CEO of Scanalytics, and Kemp Harr, publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss how this patented sensor technology can be used to reduce building emissions. Listen to the interview to hear more details including a recent case study with Paramount Studios.

Learn more

Shared Office Space Available

For startups and early stage companies, the Innovation Center provides professional office space with 24/7 secured electronic access, high-speed fiber optic internet, access to meeting rooms, and business mentoring services. 

Learn More
Are you a client with news to share? Please notify us of your recent accomplishment or news by replying to this newsletter directly or by completing a form on our website.

Navigating Defense Tech

The Whitewater University Innovation Center is partnering with Adam Aerospace and Innovation Ranch to launch DefX. DefX is a navigator, not accelerator, to defense contracts or the Department of Defense. We help your organization demystify the process and make introductions. The next cohort is just for you. There is no charge and no equity. Invest your time and uncover opportunities.

Apply online now to be selected for our June start in Milwaukee at the War Memorial. You will get a VIP pass and access to the pitch area at the curated invite-only Defense Focus event July 11 and 12, 2024. 

“Innovation Ranch is like an elite secret society, comprised of the successful, the connected, the thought leaders. However IR is not secret, it’s right in front of you. You just have to open the door.” — Michael Adam, CEO - ADAM Aerospace

“Within the labyrinth of defense contracting lies opportunity. Innovation Ranch helps navigate bureaucracy, resources and demystify the process. We accelerate innovation to impact.” — Elizabeth Thelen, Network Navigator / Director of Whitewater University Innovation Center.

Apply Now

Startup Success Q&A

Hiring Your First Employee

Hiring your first employee is an exciting step towards your startups’ continued growth! How do you know when the time is right? What do you need to do when the time comes to hire your first employee?

Read More

Employee vs. Contractor

As your startup grows, you will realize you need help or specialty services. You may consider hiring an employee or working with an independent contractor. 

Read More

Upcoming Events

Fika Friday

May 17, 2024 9:30 - 11:00 am | Whitewater Cinemas

Enjoy a morning break with good conversation, coffee, and sweet treats provided by The Sweet Spot. Registration is not required, we just want to spend time with businesses, Chamber members, and community advocates during a mid-morning break and a good topic!

Learn More

Whitewater WindUp Finale

May 18 9:00 - 11:00 am | Innovation Center

The Whitewater WindUp Finale will take place on May 18th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Whitewater University Innovation Center. Hear business pitches from the top 8 finalists!

Learn More

Innovation in Agriculture, Energy and AI

May 21, 2024 11:30 - 1:30 pm | Madison, WI

Resiliency and sustainability in the face of animal disease, energy storage, personal health and crop management will bring four young companies to the stage Tuesday, May 21, during a Wisconsin Tech Council luncheon in Madison.

Learn More

SBIR 101 Webinar

May 21, 2024 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Online

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, collectively known as America’s Seed Fund, provides seed money to US-based small businesses who are working on cutting edge technology.

Learn More

Business Expo

May 22, 2024 10:30 am - 4:30 pm | Brookfield, WI

Join Milwaukee-area professionals on May 22nd for a daylong event focused on connecting business executives to information and resources crucial for business growth. 

Learn More

Compelling Presentations: Learn to Tell Your Innovation's Story

May 30, 2024 12:00 - 2:00 pm | Online

This session will greatly increase your knowledge about what it takes to prepare and deliver a terrific (and effective) presentation.

Learn More

Federal Funding for Health and Bioscience Technologies R&D

June 4, 2024 12:00 - 1:30 pm | Online

Do you have a health related or biotech technology, but need funding to advance? Join this webinar and learn how to find and select health technology grant opportunities.

Learn More

Entrepreneur's Conference

June 5-6, 2024 | Milwaukee, WI

The Entrepreneurs’ Conference is one of the Midwest’s premiere “how-to,” hands-on events for entrepreneurs of all ages and experience levels.

Learn More
Innovation Services | Visit Website
Facebook  Twitter  Linkedin