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Out of 28 applications from across the world, seven finalists have been selected to compete for an award of up to $50,000 in the 4th annual Global Impact Award (GIA) finals in October. Four of the seven finalists have Olin alumni or current students on their teams.

Hosted by the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Skandalaris), GIA is made possible by the generous donation of alumnus Suren G. Dutia and his wife, Jas K. Grewal. The competition is for early stage ventures that are scalable, sustainable, and quick-to-market with proof of concept and a broad impact. In order to apply, ventures must have at least one Washington University in St. Louis student, postdoctoral researcher, or recent alumnus (less than 10 years) holding a significant role on the team.

Each of the finalists will be assigned mentors who are experts in fields relevant to their ventures. Over the next six months, finalists will work alongside their assigned mentors and Skandalaris staff as they prepare their deliverables for the final pitch competition in October.

Emre Toker, Managing Director of the Skandalaris Center, commented, “We look forward to the Global Impact Award each year, as it is an opportunity for Washington University to see what both our students as well as alumni are achieving in entrepreneurship. We are excited about this year’s finalists and look forward to watching the progress they make in the next six months.”

Congratulations to the four finalist teams with Olin alumni or current students:

AirZaar, Inc

AirZaar is an enterprise software company providing image-processing & data analytics for mining, construction & infrastructure clients to make actionable decisions while disrupting accuracy levels of surveying reports utilizing visual intelligence. AirZaar’s turnkey automated solution provides clients with actionable intelligence in minutes, reducing costs & optimizing efficiency while performing safer industrial operations.

WashU team members:

  • Ravi Sahu, MBA ’14
  • Ali Ahmadi, MBA ’15

B-Agro Solutions

B-Agre Solutions is focused on becoming the leading provider of mechanized agricultural solutions in Ghana and across Africa. We partner with subsistence farmers in a collective group, train them, and use modern farm techniques and equipment to produce grains for sale.

WashU team members:

  • Anthony Ackah-Nyanzu, MS ’17, Finance
  • Dennis Awuku, BS ’12, Accounting
  • Donny Yoder
  • Adelaide Aboagye, MSW ’15, Social & Economic Development

Geneoscopy

Geneoscopy is developing a screening methodology to noninvasively diagnose CRC using biomarkers in stool samples. CRC is the second deadliest cancer in the U.S., primarily due to flawed screening methodologies, which results in late-stage detection of the disease. Geneoscopy’s technology solves the problems associated with existing screening methodologies, allowing for reduced mortality rates and better health outcomes.

WashU team members:

  • Erica Barnell, MD/PhD ’21, Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • Andrew Barnell, MBA ’17
  • Yiming Kang, PhD ’22, Computer Science

GiftAMeal

GiftAMeal is a socially conscious marketing platform for restaurants that helps provide a meal to someone in need each time a user takes a photo at a participating location. Restaurants pay a monthly subscription to be involved and provide customers with another incentive to patron their location.

WashU team members:

  • Andrew Glantz, BSBA ’17, Leadership & Strategic Management
  • Aidan Folbe, BSBA ’19
  • Jacob Mohrmann, BSBA ’16, Marketing

Link here to see all seven finalists.




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

Link here to register.

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.
Kick-off Event:
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.
Begins:
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.

4. Volunteering

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.

CATEGORY: Career, Student Life



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?

CorpEshipPanel (2)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

CATEGORY: Career