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There’s a new venture-capital seed fund on campus. The Skandalaris Center is launching the fund aimed at helping to propel early-stage business ventures by students, faculty and recent alumni.
The new William Greenleaf Eliot Seed Fund, named for Washington University co-founder William Greenleaf Eliot, is managed by the university’s Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A group of approximately one dozen individual angel investors made a capital commitment to the fund and will serve on an advisory committee to review funding proposals. The investors also may get an opportunity to serve as strategic mentors to the startups chosen to receive support from the fund.
“We are thrilled to initiate this new partnership between private investors and Washington University,” said Emre Toker, managing director of the Skandalaris Center. “This new venture-capital fund will help us further support the science, technology and medical work being done at the university in the innovation/entrepreneurship space, and help to launch and further elevate that great work.”
“The William Greenleaf Eliot Seed Fund is an extension of the many supports and resources the Skandalaris Center already provides to startups within the Washington University community,” said Provost Holden Thorp. “The university is proud to offer another option to nurture these early-stage businesses as they develop, evolve and thrive.”
Startups affiliated with Washington University may apply for the William Greenleaf Eliot Fund via the Skandalaris Center; there is a rolling review process for those applications.
By Erika Ebsworth-Goold, WashU Public Affairs
Calling all entrepreneurs! It’s time to sign up for the business plan competitions managed by the Skandalaris Center. There are workshops, advisors, and coaches to help first-time entrepreneurs through the process. Registration for information sessions is required.
Skandalaris Center Cup (SC Cup) Info Sessions
$5,000 award to student-founded, for-profit startups, with the potential for further investment.
3 info sessions:
Thursday, September 29th, 5:00 – 6:00 PM, DANFORTH CAMPUS, MALLINCKRODT 128
Wednesday, October 5th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, DANFORTH CAMPUS, MALLINCKRODT 128
Wednesday, October 5th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, MEDICAL CAMPUS, FARRELL LEARNING AND TEACHING CENTER (FLTC) ROOM 214
Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition (SEIC)
Impact. Innovation. Income.
Do you want to work with students from across campus and community experts from all of St. Louis on key social challenges? Do you want to learn skills to help you create sustainable social change? Up to $100,000 in investment and services available to selected participants.
Friday, October 14, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Brown Lounge (2nd Floor)
Link here to register.
Washington University Startup Training Lab (WU-STL) Workshop Series
Want to learn more about how to start a startup? Join us for these bimonthly entrepreneurial skills series offered by the Skandalaris Center in collaboration with the Brown School of Social Work. The workshops take place on two Fridays per month, 1-5pm and are free and open to the public.
Friday, October 21st, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Mallinckrodt 128
Link here for more information.
Photo, above: This student team in the Venture Advising Consulting Course taught by Clifford Holekamp, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship, spent 10 days in Budapest, Hungary immersed in the startup community and consulting for GPS Tuner, a leader in the field of software development for GPS navigation.
Olin creates powerful connections between businesses and our students—because we know the real-world measure of a program is how your academic experience translates into the workplace.
Of course, an internship is a time-honored way to gain experience and to demonstrate aptitude and skills.
But you’ll also find applied-learning opportunities in our classrooms, student clubs, and extracurricular activities—allowing you to explore new career options and gain substantive on-the-job experience, valuable mentors, and networking contacts.
1. The Center for Experiential Learning
Innovative learning. Real-world projects. Outcomes with impact. That’s the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL). The CEL matches highly motivated students at Olin Business School with organizations seeking strategic consulting services.
The CEL has five unique programs dedicated to innovative learning and delivering impact:
» Practicum pairs teams of talented Olin students with companies seeking smart solutions to management challenges.
» The Taylor Community Consulting teams of two to four graduate-level students provide pro bono consulting services to St. Louis nonprofits.
» The Olin/United Way Board Fellows program takes second-year MBA students from the classroom to the nonprofit boardroom to provide a unique lesson in leadership.
» CELect students consult for entrepreneurs at a tech incubator to better understand the challenges of a startup and advise on best-practice business strategies.
» Global Management Studies are student-directed courses that focus on industries, management styles, or emerging markets in a country or region outside the United States.
2. Investment Praxis
Guided by seasoned professionals, students manage $1.5 million of Olin Business School’s endowment.
3. Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Extracurricular entrepreneurship activities, such as business plan competitions, promote corporate innovation and the commercialization of new business ideas. The YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition has awarded over $600,000 in grants and in-kind services and also includes a $5,000 student cash prize.
Nonprofit organizations provide a wide variety of experiences to their volunteers. The Community Service Office serves as the major initiative of the Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University, supporting cocurricular service among undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone… but that’s where intrapreneurship comes in. Join the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurship for a panel discussion on Entrepreneurship or Intrapreneurship: Which is for you?
Panelists from Boeing, Anheuser-Busch, MasterCard, and more share how they have innovated at the corporate level. After the panel, there will be time for you to network with the panelists one-on-one.
Snacks will be provided.
WHEN: 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 23
WHERE: Frick Forum
More information, click here.
Guest Blogger: Jessica Stanko, Campus Services Coordinator
Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship