Silicon Valley Experience

The goal of this experience is to provide undergraduate students from any discipline with an opportunity to travel to Silicon Valley to meet with Marquette Alumni working in the startup, venture capital and corporate innovation industries. Selected students will travel to Silicon Valley to network, attend events, and gain career insights in a variety of areas. The experience helps expand students’ visions of what types of careers are possible post-graduation and helps them establish a network in Silicon Valley. 

View photos from the 2018 trip!

After Hours Speaker Series

After Hours Speaker Series is designed to inform and inspire about matters involved with creating startups and growing small businesses. The series is held each semester and features accomplished entrepreneurs. Past speakers include Steve Ausnit of Ziploc, John Stollenwerk of Allen Edmonds and Wendy Baumann of WWBIC.

Coffee & Conversation

Coffee & Conversation is a monthly discussion with a local entrepreneur, intrapreneur or nonprofit leader who shares career paths, ideas and various other topics such as learning from failure, scaling and how to pivot your business.


Workshops are held monthly to teach new skills and encourage the sharing of ideas. Topics include design thinking, business model canvas 101, financial modeling, prototyping, 3-D printing and pitching among others.

Branding support

The Kohler Center Innovation Design Coordinator helps students plan and create logos for student-founded businesses. Prototyping and creative workshops are also offered.

Think Big office hours

Think Big office hours provide students easy access to entrepreneurs, lawyers, and business and industry experts. Students meet with different experts on a monthly basis to get help, insight and knowledge to keep them moving forward.

University Innovation Fellows program

Marquette has a cohort of students participating in the University Innovation Fellows program, which empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. The fellows are a national community of students leading a movement to ensure that all students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge required to compete in the economy of the future. These student leaders from schools around the country create new opportunities that help their peers develop an entrepreneurial mind-set, build creative confidence, seize opportunities, define problems and address global challenges. The University Innovation Fellows is now a program of Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

GCEC (Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers)

The Kohler Center is an active member of GCEC (Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers), which provides a coordinated vehicle for participating members to collaborate on and communicate about the specific issues and challenges confronting university-based entrepreneurship centers, and stay current on trends and best practices.