Anonymous gift of $300,000 given to UWM’s Innovation Campus

Just as construction kicks off on the first building at Innovation Campus this week, Michael R. Lovell, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), today announced a $300,000 gift from an anonymous donor that will help grow the university’s novel research park.

Innovation Campus, a place where business and industry meet academic research to launch intellectual property for the new century, is adjacent to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center to allow collaboration among industry, research and medicine.

“Through this support, the donor demonstrates a shared belief that Innovation Campus will make the maximum impact on this region,” said Lovell. “On behalf of our university, I offer my deep thanks for this contribution.”

Innovation Campus not only offers technology transfer and business incubation services, but incorporates the university’s academic research enterprise directly into the development of a private-sector park. This powerful combination of industry, academia and nonprofit research organizations working in true partnership at the same location will attract industry to the region and stimulate new “spinout” companies.

In addition to work on the university’s Innovation Accelerator building, funded in part by a $5.4 million federal grant, construction of the regional headquarters of ABB Inc., the first private development at the site, is also under way.

ABB and developer Zilber Property Group announced in January plans to develop a 95,000-square-foot building at Innovation Campus. Slated to be completed next year, the building will house 350 employees, including 100 engineers and scientists.