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Entrepreneurship

Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Skandalaris Center offers courses and extracurricular programs supporting entrepreneurship at Washington University and in the community. Students not only learn about entrepreneurship, but also how to become successful entrepreneurs.

The four-step Skandalaris Approach takes students from perspective courses, which expand understanding of self and the role of entrepreneurship in the world, to action and outcome courses, which increase student self-efficacy and maturity by having teams accomplish meaningful results on applied projects, often working with community entrepreneurs.

Student Entrepreneurial Program (StEP)

StEP provides a unique opportunity for students to own and operate a business on campus. Student owners can not only learn valuable business and entrepreneurial skills in the classroom, but also gain valuable experiences as they manage and lead their own businesses.

Student-owned businesses include:

  • Bears’ Bikes
  • Bear Discounts
  • Bear-y Sweet Shoppe
  • Off the Row
  • SWAP (Sharing With A Purpose)
  • The Shopping Stop
  • UShuttle
  • UTrucking/ResFridge etc.
  • Wash-U-Wash
  • Wydown Water

Entrepreneurial Scholars Program

Incoming first-year undergraduate students who apply to any undergraduate division at Washington University may apply for the Entrepreneurial Scholars Program, which awards $3,000 scholarships to up to eight students. These four-year scholarships are designed for students with entrepreneurial spirit and vision. Scholars have a variety of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship and community building through activities both on campus and in the St. Louis community. The Entrepreneurial Scholars Program seeks students who are innovative, creative, energetic, and eager to make a difference in their communities.

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