Michael Hostad is the Executive Director of Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) and co-founder of The Commons, which is an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. MiKE creates programs that lead to partnerships between corporations and emerging talent networks. Hostad also oversees the MKE United initiative, which is a shared and inclusive visioning process for Downtown Milwaukee and its adjacent neighborhoods.
Prior to his role at MiKE, Hostad served as the Chancellor’s Designee for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). He founded the UWM App Brewery, which hires students to build mobile applications for researchers, non-profit organizations, and start-up organizations throughout Wisconsin.