Annual Report 2016-2017
W elcome to the 707 Hub, an innovation incubator and home to the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and the Social Innovation Initiative.
For us, this year was all about innovating, in a big way. Innovating when creating the space, which represents a mix of old (uncovering a terrazzo floor and crown molding on the ceiling was a surprise) meets new (cutting-edge technology and new, funky furniture). Innovating when it came to programs; programs that support idea generation, entrepreneurship, and social innovation across campus. And perhaps most importantly, innovating when working with students, who served as co-creators in the process of launching the 707 Hub (how many other spaces can claim that). The space was originally proposed by two students, Sam and Creighton, but went far beyond them and involved countless others who built a community of spirited dreamers, fearless leaders, and game changers. We hope this year will be remembered as a tipping point in the innovation story at Marquette and invite you to take a look at our first annual report which highlights key themes from the universityâ€™s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries, that have helped to guide our work.
Jeanne Hossenlopp, Ph.D. VP Research and Innovation
Megan Carver Associate Director Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship
Kelsey Otero Associate Director Social Innovation Initiative
START-UP BUSINESSES AND SOCIAL VENTURES ACTIVELY WORKING IN THE SPACE
DEDICATED MENTORSHIP HOURS* *Not including staff
HOURS OF 3D PRINTING
LOGOS DESIGNED FOR STUDENT START-UP BUSINESSES SQ FT INNOVATION INCUBATOR
CAMPUS COMMUNITY MEMBERS ATTENDED MARCH 27TH GRAND OPENING
COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND DONORS ATTENDED MAY 12TH OPEN HOUSE
Research In Action NEW INNOVATION SPACE ON CAMPUS
CREIGHTON AND SAM CO-CREATORS OF THE 707 HUB
The 707 Hub was a two-and-a-half-year project proposed by two students and funded by the Marquette University Strategic Innovation Fund. Inside, there’s space for every work style including open, collaborative workspaces, meeting rooms and quiet nooks. Workshop spaces feature computers, design software, 3D printers, hand tools, sewing machines and more. A pitch space serves as a setting for classes, guest speakers, workshops and pitch competitions.
CHECK OUT A 3D VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE 707 HUB AT WWW.MARQUETTE.EDU/707-HUB
THE GROCERY CHALLENGE
PRESENTED BY MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
STUDENTS, FACULTY STAFF, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS ENGAGED IN SOLVING THIS PROBLEM
The new space helps to support exciting cross-campus collaborations and programs such as the Grocery Challenge. This year, the goal of the program was to bring more fresh food options to the Near West Side. All semester, student innovators from across campus worked with the 707 Hub staff to think about a complex issue and propose innovative solutions. In April, teams pitched and shared their insights and ideas, with many campus and community leaders taking notice. Since the pitches, it was announced that Sendik’s will be coming to campus and we launched a local farmer’s market (one of the key ideas presented). We are looking forward to piloting some of the other recommendations with students in the fall.
“You have helped change how fresh food will be made available in our community. Please accept my personal thanks for your commitment.” —Dr. Michael R. Lovell President of Marquette University (excerpted from a letter to participants)
Social Responsibility Through Community Engagement BOOST
LOCAL START-UPS AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISES WORKED WITH TO DATE SEPTEMBER ‘15 - JUNE ‘17
The Boost program helps local, early-stage social innovators and under-resourced entrepreneurs learn business fundamentals, improve their strategic thinking, and articulate a business plan that demonstrates impact, growth, and longterm financial sustainability, all for free. By the end of the workshop, participating enterprises have the strategies and materials to grow their enterprise in a financially sustainable manner and apply for the funding and capacity building programs they need to reach the next level of growth.
LIVES IMPACTED (AFTER ORGANIZATIONS COMPLETED THE BOOST PROGRAM)
NEAR WEST SIDE POPSICLE FLAVOR LAUNCHED SUMMER ‘17
Near West Side Partners announced Pete’s Pops (Bus Ad ’10) as the winner of the inaugural Rev-Up MKE small business competition on September 27, 2016. Rev-Up MKE is a Shark Tank-style live pitch event, coordinated by the 707 Hub team. Eight finalists presented before the public and a panel of judges. Pete’s Pops will locate in an empty storefront in the Near West Side neighborhood in the near future.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR REV-UP 2017 9/20 AT THE RAVE/EAGLES BALLROOM
Pursuit of Academic Excellence THE DORM FUND
INVESTMENTS TO DATE
Launched in 2015, The Dorm Fund is a Marquette student-run venture capital firm that invests exclusively in undergraduate start-ups and provides seed funding to help cultivate a culture of innovation on campus. The investment team comprises Student Associates from different disciplines who are passionate about inspiring students to innovate.
“As a Mechanical Engineer it’s easy to get caught up on the more technical side of things. Being a Dorm Fund Associate gave me the unique opportunity to analyze startup design ideas rather than come up with them myself.” —Ben Brandewie Dorm Fund Associate
WORKSHOPS & CLASS COLLABORATIONS
ACADEMIC CLASS COLLABORATIONS APRIL-MAY 2017
Professors across campus are taking advantage of the 707 Hub design, entrepreneurship, and social innovation resources by incorporating guest lectures on these topics into their curriculum. Hub staff have taught design thinking to business students and storytelling techniques to biomedical engineers, and promoted funding and mentorship opportunities across campus.
For Human Well-Being BREWED IDEAS CHALLENGE Brewed Ideas Challenge is a seed funding competition that is open to current Marquette students and hosted by the 707 Hub, in partnership with Brady Corporation. Eleven finalists pitched their ideas for prize money totaling $17,500 at a reception and awards event on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. All eleven teams received mentorship support from Brady Corporation leading up to the competition.
3 1. 1st place winner Amedee of Bimbley and Brady CEO Michael Nauman. 2. Judges Mary Avery, Bentley Curran and Aaron Pearce evaluating student pitches. 3. 2017 Brewed Ideas Challenge finalists. 4. Mentor of the year Jason Brunner with CEO Michael Nauman. BREWED IDEAS CHALLENGE IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF BRADY CORPORATION 6
Formation of Minds and Hearts UNIVERSITY INNOVATION FELLOWS
GLOBAL INSTITUTIONS ARE PART OF THE UIF COMMUNITY
The first cohort of Marquette University Innovation Fellows was announced Spring 2017. The Fellows are a global community of student leaders who create opportunities for students at their schools to learn about entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking and venture creation. The University Innovation Fellows program is run by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school).
UNIVERSITY GLOBALLY TO BE DESIGNATED A CHANGEMAKER CAMPUS, 1ST IN THE MIDWEST
Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. Marquette University’s Jesuit mission and identity have made social innovation and a partnership with Ashoka U a natural fit. Leveraging the principles of innovation and entrepreneurship, along with service, we encourage students to be part of a solution to global challenges. This year, Marquette started the renewal process with Ashoka U to continue to be part of the growing network of universities committed to making a difference.
UNIVERSITIES WORLDWIDE HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED AS A CHANGEMAKER CAMPUS
Coming Soon WOMENâ€™S INNOVATION NETWORK
FORCE FOR POSITIVE CHANGE
The Womenâ€™s Innovation Network (WIN), is an initiative designed to support the advancement of women and under-represented groups in leadership and entrepreneurship. The network will link students, faculty, and staff through programing to increase the diversity of participation at the 707 Hub. It will also extend beyond the university boundaries to connect with the community and our alumni.
The Force for Positive Change, is a state-wide celebration of social innovation in Wisconsin. It culminates in a day-long event, hosted by Marquette University, advancing awareness of social entrepreneurship within Wisconsin. Additionally, major awards and funding will be distributed to recognize social entrepreneurs who are dedicated to improving lives in Wisconsin either through for-profit or non-profit mechanisms.
BREWED IDEAS BOOTCAMP
Innovation Academy is a mix of curricular and extracurricular learning opportunities to help students acquire an entrepreneurial mindset while learning material that is fundamental to their discipline. Students receive an innovation badge on their transcript if they fulfill the requirements of the program and successfully demonstrate the mindset learning outcomes. The innovation badge will help differentiate the students in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Brewed Ideas Business Bootcamp will help students further refine their business ideas. In four weeks, students will validate the market need for their idea, refine their business model and value proposition. In addition, they will receive legal advice, one-on-one business coaching and access to free marketing tools. After completing the Bootcamp students will be prepared to apply for The Dorm Fund and Brewed Ideas Challenge pitch competition.
THIS IS JUST A SAMPLE OF THE NEW PROGRAMING LAUNCHING SOON FIND OUT MORE @ MARQUETTE.EDU/707-HUB 8
Dedicated To Helping Student Innovators Grow 707 HUB STAFF Kelsey Otero Associate Director Social Innovation Initiative
Megan Carver Associate Director Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship
Sasha J. Parsons
Womenâ€™s Innovation Network Coordinator
Kaivahn Sarkaratpour Innovation Design Coordinator
STUDENT INNOVATORS Here are a few of the student-run start-ups who participated in 707 Hub programming this past year. Many of them received help designing a logo, which is one of the unique resources provided by the Innovation Design Coordinator.
Sophisticated Coffee Roasters 9
HOLY SPIRIT LIFESTYLE
Don’t Take Our Word For It... Here’s What Students Are Saying The 707 Hub is my favorite place on campus and holds some of the most creative, inspiring individuals at Marquette in it. It is profoundly forward thinking and cultivates resources, inspiration and ingenuity among students, staff and community members. It’s given me the encouragement, confidence and legitimacy to make these ideals a reality in my community. Leading a start-up built skills of leadership and entrepreneurship in me that I never thought I would have. Not only are they available to help you develop your ideas, but they also support you through difficult business decisions and help point you in the right direction with the plethora of resources they have at their disposal.
Published on Nov 7, 2017
This annual report covers the innovation and entrepreneurship activity happening through the 707 Hub at Marquette University.