CU Launch

You may be just starting your collegiate career, but don’t let the fact that you’re still a student stop you from starting a business venture now. If you have a business idea that you believe can be profitable in the marketplace and make an impact, consider joining CU Launch.

Started in fall 2015, CU Launch walks budding entrepreneurs like you through the “Lean Startup” process to help you cultivate your early stage idea and potentially turn it into a profitable venture. The program, which takes place annually in the fall, lasts a couple months and culminates with a live pitch event, where the winner takes home seed funding. Whether or not you win though, you can be certain you’ll walk away with more business smarts under your belt, ready to take on your next venture.  

Join the ranks of Concordians who put their ideas into action through the CU Launch. Contact Batterman School of Business Dean Dr. Daniel Sem for more information.

Remedium eXchange

Born from the Healthcare Economics Summit, Remedium eXchange is a Healthcare Economics Think Tank, referred to as the Rx Think Tank. The think tank’s vision is to consumerize health care by incentivizing, educating, and empowering consumers in transparent markets. Read more about Remedium eXchange

The Healthcare Economic Summit is an annual event that is typically held in the summer at the Concordia Environmental Center. Updates on planned summits can be found on their website.

Industry Leaders Seminar Series

Sponsored by Concordia's Batterman School of Business MBA program, the Industry Leaders Seminar brings industry experts to campus to speak on a variety of business leadership topics. Experts share real-world examples and case studies to support their insights. These are typically held on weeknights at 5:30 pm in the Collaboratorium of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center during the spring and fall semesters. Check out the events page for more details

Healthcare Innovation Pitch

The Healthcare Innovation Pitch (HIP) is an annual event that brings together teams of local healthcare entrepreneurs, who have innovative ideas for the healthcare industry. The event includes a series of startup bootcamps to help entrepreneurs, and culminates in a pitch event where cash prizes are awarded. This programming is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and are part of a regional consortium effort of Concordia University, Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), UW-Milwaukee, Marquette University, Blood Center of Wisconsin and Milwaukee School of Engineering, with programming coming from the AMPDNR (Accelerating Medical Product Development with Networked Resources) initiative at MCW’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

CU Launch and Concordia Angel Network

Concordia University Wisconsin offers entrepreneurial mentoring and access to seed funds for our students, alumni and others connected to the university. Each fall, students and alumni can participate in CU Launch, attending various startup bootcamps, and ultimately doing an investor pitch for seed funds of $1,000-2,000 for their startup. For more advanced startups that have a viable business model, established team, and revenue potential, students, alumni and friends of Concordia can pitch to the Concordia Angel Network for larger levels of funding, in exchange for equity. If interested in either of these initiative, contact Daniel Sem, President of CU Ventures.

Entrepreneurs in Residence

Concordia University offers access to two entrepreneurs in residence for students, alumni and friends of the university who would like to get mentoring and advice from experienced entrepreneurs. Our first entrepreneur in residence is a venture capitalist, Richelle Martin, who manages the Winnow Venture Capital fund. You can read about Richelle and this program, and reserve time with Richelle (typically the last Monday of the month) via her Calendly. Our second entrepreneur in residence is Anne Marie Finley, a former leader in the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) who is especially well-equipped to give advice in medical and clinical product development, including the FDA regulatory approval process. You can read about Anne Marie and this program, and reserve time with Anne Marie (typically the second Monday of the month) via her Calendly.