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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

Olin Business SchoolOlin Business School


The robust culture of entrepreneurship at Olin and across the Washington University campus serves to launch MBA students into a variety of career paths. Olin offers programs and courses for entrepreneurial-minded students drawn to the thrill and challenge of careers engaged in both commercial and social ventures.

Upon graduation, Olin alumni establish new start-ups, assume leadership roles in early stage firms, work in venture capital and private equity, and apply entrepreneurial perspectives to corporate and consulting careers.

The Entrepreneurship Platform has been designed to effectively steer an MBA student toward careers in commercial and social entrepreneurship. with possible career tracks including:
  • Commercial or Social Venture Founder
  • Early Stage Business Employment/Leadership
  • Social Venture Employment/Leadership
  • Non-profit Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Family Business Management

Download PDF of Entrepreneurship foundation courses and concentrations.

  • Platform Director: Clifford Holekamp
  • WCC Career Advisor: Mark Brostoff
  • MBA Programs Liaison: Jacqueline Carter
  • Club/Organization: Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Association (EVCA)
  • Credit Requirements: 20 or 21.5 credits (9.5 foundation credits, 9 concentration credits, and at least one experiential learning component for an additional 1.5 or 3 credits)

Board of Mentors
Mark Lewis, Principal, Advantage Capital Partners
David Poldoian, Executive Vice President, Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
Stephen McCane, President, STM Knowledge, LLC and Gold Rain Resources
Bud Kolbrener, former Owner, Bissinger’s French Confections and Lake Forest Confections
Bill Donius, former CEO, Pulaski Bank
Michelle Murray, Founder & President, Segue Partners
Jim McKelvey, Co-Founder, Square, Inc.
Joe Schlafly, Senior Vice President, Director, Private Markets, Stifel Nicolaus
Rick Holton, Managing Partner, Holton Capital Group