Collaborative Innovation: Isthmus Project’s Experience in the WAVE Practicum Course

The Innovate Network brings together a group diligently focused on being a resource to help guide entrepreneurs through the many steps of the innovation process. Each Partner specializes in different areas, contributing different resources, perspectives, and expertise needed during the process of building a business around an idea. For much of the time, inter-network partnerships are infrequent, but there are often great opportunities for partners to come together and learn from one another and assess together. One such opportunity emerged recently, when the Isthmus Project participated in a unique opportunity alongside the Weinert Center in the Wisconsin School of Business.

The Wisconsin Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship (WAVE) practicum course is offered through the Weinert Center and takes a team-centered approach to answer questions that naturally occur when working through the Business Model Canvas. Each team proposes a business venture that they grow throughout the semester by performing diligence, weekly class presentations, and a final pitch to an external board of entrepreneurial leaders from around the country.

Similarly, Isthmus Project helps innovators and entrepreneurs from across the UW ecosystem begin to answer important questions needed to commercialize an idea through business creation. Isthmus Project utilizes deep expertise to focus on innovations within the healthcare and medical device industries, meeting innovators where they are in their projects to provide the most appropriate direction where and when they need it.


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