Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Skandalaris Center is a campus-wide initiative serving students at WashU as well as the broader St. Louis community.
Olin Cup video The Skandalaris Center was founded in 2003 when the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation selected Washington University as one of eight initial “Kauffman Campuses,” with a goal of making entrepreneurship education available across campus, and thereby enabling any student, regardless of field of study, to access entrepreneurial experiences.
The Skandalaris Center reports to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, who has charged the Center with spreading entrepreneurship education, activity, and culture into the classrooms, laboratories, and fabric of the University. The University’s goal is to ignite entrepreneurial interest and learning in all disciplines, including business, law, physical sciences, social sciences, art, architecture, engineering, medicine, and social work.
The Center serves all students, faculty, and staff who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. The Center coordinates more than 50 entrepreneurship courses across campus, including capstone course — the Hatchery and the Skandalaris Student Venture Fund (SSVF).
In the Hatchery, students form teams to write a business plan for a new commercial or social venture. Ideas for the new ventures may come from students or community entrepreneurs. The SSVF is an MBA student-run, advisor-guided investment fund. In the class, students review deals, perform due diligence and present investment recommendations and reports.
Cocurricular programs include IdeaBounce®, Coffee with the Experts, the Olin Cup, the YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition, the Skandalaris Seminar Series, and the Skandalaris Center Internship Program.
For more information, visit the Skandalaris Center website.