WERCBench LabsAn Immersive Program for Technology Innovators
WERCBench Labs is a 12-week immersive program for technology innovators. We’re looking for teams of engineers, scientists, and programmers across all funding stages. We will provide you access to unique production capabilities, including high performance computing, rapid prototyping facilities and small scale production and testing equipment. We will make an investment in your company of $20,000; $10,000 at the start of the program and $10,000 upon successful completion of the program.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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WERCBench LabsAn Immersive Program for Technology Innovators
October 2016-January 2017
DEMO DAY 2015
DEVELOPING THE NEXT GENERATION
For the past two years the Young Enterprising Society has used Steve Blank’s internationally recognized, Lean Launchpad program to navigate students through “Building a Business” workshops to show how STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is used in real world applications. This process introduces these students to a new pathway of opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation.
The approach to be used in the WERCBench Labs JV program will be broken out into these three phases:
The Cutting-edge of Technology
In Phase I, we introduce students to many of the coolest, new technologies being developed. The purpose of this Track is to give students a glimpse of the possibilities in technology and to challenge them to integrate these technologies into their solutions.
Lean Innovation Process
In Phase II, students are introduced to the 21st Century’s best practices for creating disruptive innovation. The students will form teams, develop a business idea, and capture their thoughts on the business model canvas.
Approximately one team from each school will be selected to participate in a 12-week accelerator program. The accelerator program will provide an intense, immersive environment that reflects that experience of starting a business. As part of the accelerator, students will be guided by an expert teaching team through the innovation process developed by Steve Blank at UC-Berkeley and Stanford Engineering. They will also engage with potential customers, mentors, and other entrepreneurs.
INNOVATE.BUILDLevel Up Your Skills and Knowledge
Gain New Skills
Learn the 21st Century’s Best Practices for Innovating
Meet Amazing People
Business Model Innovation
Search for Innovative Business Models
The WERCBench Labs program is based on the best possible tools and training to take your hardware / product development business to the next level with experts in the customer development methodology.
Build Customer-Driven Products
We’re a passionate group of entrepreneurs, engineers, mentors, and early-stage investors helping you build amazing technologies and companies. We devote considerable time to help our companies succeed.
We support companies with advice and connections for team building, storytelling, PR, customer acquisition and marketing, business modeling, design, legal and more!
Steve Blank’s Customer Development Methodology has become the best practice for innovation – whether your are a startup or a large mature business. The team at WERCBench Labs is recognized around the world for teaching the methodology.
Intro to InnovationAn introduction to the lean innovation methodologies
Core Innovation ProgramA 12-week immersive lean innovation program focused on engineers and scientists
Advanced Innovation ProgramHelping early-stage companies reach Investor Readiness Level 9
Organization SpecificWe develop custom programs to help your organization innovate
Design, Test & Build
From concept to customer – we have the expertise.
Through our partners at the Milwaukee Institute, we will provide workshops in dynamic design tools, understanding product lifecycles and project and process workflows, and how to apply them effectively.
Through our partnership with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), M-WERC and WMEP will jointly support start-up teams as they move from concept and design into production and manufacturing.
AMAZING PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER
TO DRIVE INNOVATION
MEET OUR WORLD-CLASS MENTORS
Mentors are an essential ingredient of the WERCBench Labs approach to technology innovation — these individuals will provide guidance, coaching, and insights throughout the 12-week training program — and beyond.
Exec. Dir. BizStarts
Co-founder Islands of Brilliance
Project Dir. N. IL Energy Summit
CEO Project Foundry
Partner Michael, Best
Managing Dir. The Commons
Embedded Eng. Eaton
Exec. Dir. NWSide CDC
Partner Setter Roche LLP
VP Eng Project Foundry
Exec VP Franklin Energy
Dr. Rob Cuzner
Asst. Prof. at UWM
Exec. Dir. Systems Electronics JCI
Dr. Mark Felsheim
VP MATC-Oak Creek
Pres. Brooks Stevens
Dir. Eng. Milw. Institute
Exec. Dir. New North
Dr. Brett Peters
Dean Eng. UWM
Dr. Joseph Schimmels
Director Graydient Creative
Innovation & Design Thinking
Dr. Jay Bayne
Exec. Dir. Milw. Institute
Dr. Lisa Bosman
Prof. Eng. MU
Dr. Brian Curry
Co-Founder Simply 1Life
G.P. Capital Midwest VC Fund
Assist. Prof. Mgmt. MU
Stephen J. Laczniak
Principal Brass Ring
Gen. Mgr. LEM USA
Dr. Adel Nasiri
Dir. Strat Marketing JCI
Dr. Kris Ropella
Dean MU Engineering
Dir. Strat. Dev Briggs&Stratton
Pres. UWM Research Foundation
CEO at LiquidCool Solutions, Inc.
Assoc. Prof. Eng. UWM
COO, President Racon Capital
Principal Cap Midwest VC
Dr. Keenan Grenell
CEO Global Capital Group
Dr. Thomas Jahns
Prof. Eng. UW-Madison
Dir. Therm&Materials A.O. Smith
Snr. Dir. Bus Dev. Boldt
Dr. Carmel Ruffolo
Assoc. VP Research MU
Dir. Bus Dev & Strategy ComRent
Snr. Eng. CircleUp
VP Engineering DRS
Executive Director, Midwest Energy Research Consortium
Managing Director, Energy Innovation Center
COO, Midwest Energy Research Consortium
Managing Director, Market Innovation
Managing Director, Technology Innovation