On Thursday, September 4, at 5:30PM, the Skandalaris Center’s new Managing Director, Emre Toker, will kick off this year’s Skandalaris programming, including the Olin Cup and YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competitions. Registration is at 5PM with the program start at 5:30 in Whitaker Hall auditorium, followed by a reception in the Whitaker Atrium.

Tokar arrived in St. Louis and at Washington University earlier this month from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, where he was a Mentor in Residence. He is excited by what’s been happening on campus and in the community in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship.  An entrepreneur himself, he founded two biomedical technology companies in Tucson, MedOptics and Bioptics Corporations, and co-founded one in Santa Clara, California, Radicon Imaging Corporation. Each company was acquired by larger firms within seven years of founding.  Emre’s areas of interest include early-stage ventures, international angel investment syndication, and biomedical technologies.

Jessica Stanko just transferred to the Skandalaris Center from the Career Center,  as Campus and Student Services Coordinator. If you have any questions about the Skandalaris Center or would like to know more about programs and services, please feel free to contact Jessica at stanko@wustl.edu

Dawn Manske and Richard Ockers, MBA’15 of the Arch Grants-winning startup team Made for Freedom are the guests this week on the Domain Tech Report on Techli.com.

Dawn shares her startup’s backstory and why she wanted to create a company that provides dignified employment for survivors of sex trafficking. Richard talks about why he joined the company before starting his MBA at Olin. The company benefited from Olin’s Hatchery course and won a $25,000 award in the YouthBridge SEIC competition.

Made for Freedom® is a St. Louis-based social enterprise that sells globally-inspired fashion apparel and accessories both online and through boutiques in order to employee marginalized women and empower survivors of sex-trafficking.