We serve nearly 400 UW faculty, staff and student innovators and grant over $1 million in funding annually. We’ve helped launch or grow more than 100 startups.

Innovation and Commercialization Mentors

Amar Anumakonda, PhD

Tech-focused business leader with a passion for addressing global problems in energy and environment. Industry experience in innovation and commercializing game-changing technologies.

Aimee Arnoldussen, PhD

Cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in medical and assistive technologies. Start-up, healthcare, research funding and FDA.

Abram Becker

Expertise in commercial strategy for pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, and diagnostics. Start-up, non-profit, & Fortune 500 experience.

Cecily Brose

Expertise in consumer product development and commercialization. Led innovation platforms in the food industry.

Upcoming Programs and Events from the Innovate Network

News from the Innovate Network

Sixteen projects chosen for Research Forward (Round 3) awards

Projects ranging from formulating a new understanding of lake water quality, to early detection of metastatic cancer, and addressing health inequities in the Hmong community, have been chosen from 102 initial proposals for Research Forward awards. Research Forward, a competition sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE), is […]

UW-Madison researcher uses AI to improve brain cancer diagnoses, treatment

MADISON (WKOW) — Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center are using artificial intelligence to improve diagnosis and treatment options for brain cancer. Current imaging technology can’t tell the difference between a cancerous …

Wisconsin’s public and private schools could have Narcan under new proposal

Cade Reddington was an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee when he took what he thought was a single Percocet. The pill turned out to be 100 percent fentanyl. Cade told a friend he felt “yucky” …