With the combined strength of five regional universities, the Wisconsin Center for Commercialization Resources (WCCR) is uniquely positioned to enrich the economic ecosystem, by primarily focusing on supporting commercialization efforts within the state of Wisconsin. This unprecedented collaboration began when the Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the WCCR with a University Center grant. The main goal of a University Center is to provide university services and resources that facilitate and aid economic development in the region.  Currently, there are only 21 Centers in the nation and the WCCR is the only Center with five universities collaborating together in this organization structure. To learn more about the EDA and other University Centers please go to http://www.eda.gov/investmentPriorities.htm.

Our WCCR institutions whose capacities and assets that collectively will be leveraged to support and advance technology commercialization are:


Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, dedicated to serving God by service to students and advancement of knowledge. Marquette University has a national reputation in many areas including, but not limited to, Engineering, Law, Dentistry, Health Sciences, and Business Administration. Marquette is also the home of the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, established in 2000 by a generous gift from The Kohler Company. Its mission is to provide experiences for all University students to learn about entrepreneurship and its potential impact in the classroom and the community.


Milwaukee School of Engineering is a private, coeducational nonsectarian university located in a metropolitan center. It provides a balanced education – undergraduate and graduate — for men and women in the disciplines of engineering, engineering technology, engineering and business management, international business, computing and information systems, technical communication, construction management, nursing, medical informatics, and perfusion.

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) offers a uniquely relevant learning experience, educating more Wisconsin residents than any university in the world and recruiting a growing population of international students and faculty. As the most diverse institution in the University of Wisconsin System, UWM is a learning destination for 30,000 students. World-class faculty sponsor a broad curriculum across 14 schools and colleges, inspired by academia throughout the ages and 21st-century career opportunities and scientific discovery. Every UWM education takes place in the economic, cultural and entertainment capital of the state: Milwaukee – just five miles from one of the finest classrooms and freshwater sources anywhere: Lake Michigan and its surrounding beaches, parks, playgrounds and preserves.


University of Wisconsin-Parkside was founded in 1968 to better serve the needs of a growing population in southeastern Wisconsin. It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a traditional classroom setting, online, and a combination of both delivery methods. The Small Business Development Center that resides in the College of Business, Economics, and Computing; offers an extensive array of services to entrepreneurs from start-ups to stage 2 companies looking to grow and expand. The Center for Community Partnerships is also an award winning department that bridges the University’s presence in southeastern Wisconsin, to the surrounding Racine/Kenosha communities, and supports projects which develop lasting community partnerships.


Since 1868, University of Wisconsin Whitewater has provided an exceptional learning experience for its students. UW-Whitewater was recently named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-Whitewater students continue to contribute to area communities by providing thousands of hours of volunteer time to help improve the lives of others. The university offers award-winning programs, student organizations, national championship football, men’s wheelchair basketball and rugby teams. The faculty, staff and students continue to excel in research and engagement with our region. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff from the Colleges of- Arts and Communication, Letters and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies, and Business and Economics blend research and teaching. A joint project with the city of Whitewater, known as Whitewater University Technology Park, is just one of many examples of how UW-Whitewater uses its expertise on campus to help the region.