The decade old tradition of MBA class Service Day was not to be missed this year because of the weather.  The Class of 2016 was originally scheduled to spend a day of service with local organizations on August 9.

A few bee stings did not stop these 2 Veterans

A few bee stings did not stop these 2 Veterans

Unfortunately, the week of rain prior to the date made for some soggy and unsafe conditions which meant the MBA Students Affairs Team had to make the tough call of rescheduling to September 12.

A fresh coat of paint on the building and on these MBA's clothes

Two thumbs up to a fresh coat of paint on a Rainbow Village residence

Students arrived at 8:00am ready to load busses and get to work at neighborhood organizations.

They enjoyed a pizza lunch in the Frick Forum upon their return.

Projects were completed at Rainbow Village and the Green Center.

Rainbow Village volunteres showed off their power tools skills

Rainbow Village volunteers showed off their power tools skills


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As any entrepreneur will tell you, it takes a village to raise a startup. But what does it take to create a nurturing ecosystem where new businesses can thrive? A new study by researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and the Kauffman Foundation takes a deeper look at the notion that entrepreneurial hubs emerge and succeed when they are surrounded by favorable support systems.
The paper, titled “Examining the Connections within the Startup Ecosystem,” is based on a case study of the St. Louis region, which has not been widely known as an entrepreneurial hub, but has seen a recent, substantial transformation of its local entrepreneurship ecosystem.

“Entrepreneurs clearly learn best from interacting with other entrepreneurs,” said Karren K. Watkins, Olin MBA’13, a research associate at the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University.

“A strength of the St. Louis startup ecosystem is the extent to which entrepreneurs are connected with others – both peers in similar industries and stages of growth, as well as experienced entrepreneurs who can serve as mentors.”

The study explores key relationships among entrepreneurs, support organizations and miscellaneous connections to learn how different players interact with one another and how an ecosystem evolves in order to make public- and private-sector behavior more effective. It also analyzes how successful ecosystems have developed over time, particularly how they got started, to identify potential policy implications.

“Many regions would like to replicate the enviable culture that Silicon Valley and a few other areas of the country have created,” said study co-author Yasuyuki Motoyama, PhD, senior scholar in research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation. “This study points to the most effective infrastructure being one that allows startup company founders to learn from their peers and from experienced entrepreneurs within a highly evolved and interconnected system of support organizations.”

Among the findings, the report indicates that cooperation among support organizations has played a key role in the evolution of the ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs at the right stage of a startup’s development with the right type of support, particularly from other entrepreneurs with specific expertise or experience.

The full study is available online here.

By Julie Hail Flory, WUSTL Newsroom

Media coverage of the research:,

Image: Kauffman Foundation research

Executive MBA class 45 met for the first time Sunday, September 14 to kick off Go! Week and their 20-month Executive MBA journey. It is sure to be filled with healthy debate, hard work, and some good old college football rivalries. In the cohort, students represent alma maters from the Big 10, SEC, Pac-12, Big Sky, ACC and Big 12 among other athletic conferences, including a few good solid independents.

Olin’s latest EMBA cohort includes classes from both St. Louis and Denver.  Combined, they boast a collective 800 years of work experience, and they come from near (walking distance from Washington University) and far, including Texas, Maine, Tennessee, Arkansas and Washington D.C. Olin’s once-a-month format makes it possible for executives to commute to class from anywhere.

From bankers to business owners, physicians to entrepreneurs, veterans to attorneys, EMBA 45 represents over 40 different organizations, bringing multiple perspectives into the classroom for dynamic dialogue and discussion.

This 45th cohort of Olin’s Executive MBA program will navigate general business management, the Leadership Residency, experiential learning themes and the International Residency where they will connect with our Shanghai 14 cohort at our partner school Fudan University, before graduating on April 30, 2016.

Welcome to the Olin family, EMBA 45. College football rivalries included, it will be a great ride!


The hum of recruiters and students interacting and networking together in the Atrium of Knight Hall and Bauer Hall was at a high pitch on September 10th and 16th at the annual Olin Meet the Firms events hosted by the Weston Career Center.

Across both days, more than 100 firms and over 1,400 students gathered on all three levels of the Atrium to discuss future opportunities. Dean Gupta summed up the event last night, “Knight and Bauer were buzzing this evening with energy and excitement.”

The next step in the fall recruiting begins with on-campus interviews, information sessions, road shows, advising, mock interviews, etc. Watch OlinCareers and CAREERlink for details on all recruiting activities.

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It’s official! The application for the inaugural cohort of the joint IIT-Bombay and Washington University Executive MBA is now available!

This innovative joint Executive MBA program is the only one in the world to confer a degree from both an Indian and an American university.

The first cohort will begin classes on April 22, 2015 in Mumbai, and the program and its curriculum are modeled after our internationally recognized sister programs in the U.S. and China, specifically our joint Executive MBA program with Fudan University in Shanghai which is ranked No. 6 in the world by the Financial Times. The program will include a residency in the United States — currently slated for October 2016 — on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis where the Mumbai cohort and U.S.-based cohorts will have the opportunity to connect and engage in global business dialogue.

We anticipate an inaugural cohort of 40-50 executive students, including a diverse mix of professionals coming from many types of organizations ranging from smaller entrepreneurial endeavors to large global corporations.

Completed applications will be reviewed by the joint admissions committee and qualified candidates will be invited to an in person interview in Mumabi. Deadlines to apply to the inaugural cohort are:

  • October 31, 2014  — Early application deadline
  • January 31, 2015 — Final application deadline

Information regarding the program overall is available on the IIT-Bombay-Washington University in St. Louis Executive MBA website. Share in the excitement by sharing with a colleague or associate who you think would benefit by applying to our inaugural cohort!




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