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UW-Green Bay students partner with Sartori (cheese) to solve real-world problems

Hamza Umar & Tomer Zloczower foreground with Misty Wolff & Victoria Henderson background

Hamza Umar and Tomer Zloczower, foreground with Misty Wolff and Victoria Henderson background

Misty Wolff, second from right

Misty Wolff, second from right

Seven UW-Green Bay students recently spent a Saturday solving real corporate innovation challenges at Jake’s Café in Sheboygan for Sartori, a family owned company in Plymouth “dedicated to making the world’s finest artisan cheese made from premium milk supplied by local Wisconsin farmers.” While several students applied to the program, these students were invited to participate. The students were placed on competitive problem solving teams with college students from other Eastern Wisconsin universities. Students formed one team to ideate then present their solutions to one corporate innovation challenge provided by Sartori, then formed a second team to solve another of Sartori’s corporate innovation challenges.

Misty Wolff

Misty Wolff

Jilliana Quinones, left

Jilliana Quinones, left

Students were mentored along the way in The Commons’ innovation process by representatives from Sartori. Top three teams were selected from each corporate innovation challenge then a top three overall were selected. One UW-Green Bay student, Misty Wolff (Accounting), was on two top-three teams and the team that placed first overall. The UW-Green Bay students who participated were Carol Brehmer (Business Administration), Victoria Henderson (Business Administration), James Pockrandt (Computer Science), Jilliana Quinones (Business Administration), Hamza Umar (Business Administration), Misty Wolff (Accounting), and Tomer Zloczower (Computer Science).

Photos courtesy of The Commons, Robert Colletta Photography