The Student Entrepreneurial Program (StEP), a longstanding and popular co-curricular experience for undergraduate students interested in launching and running businesses on campus, has joined the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Through this new partnership, students interested in StEP will have the opportunity to benefit from the resources and expertise found at the Skandalaris.
On Aug. 31 from 5–6 p.m., the Skandalaris will celebrate StEP joining the Center by hosting a get together on the Gregg Walkway in front of the StEP businesses. Stop by for some treats and drinks provided by Beary Sweet Shoppe and Wydown Water – both StEP businesses. Visitors also will have the chance to check out the other StEP ventures.
StEP began in 1999 with the goal of bringing together student businesses already on campus and encouraging the creation of new ones. The first five StEP businesses opened their doors in Jan. 2000 in Gregg Residence Hall.
StEP is currently comprised of 11 businesses owned by 45+ students representing each of the four colleges at the University: Olin Business School, Arts & Sciences, Engineering and Sam Fox.
“The growth in recent years of students interested in being part of this unique experience has been impressive. I am excited for the chance to work with colleagues and community members who are passionate about supporting quality entrepreneurship opportunities available to students at Washington University” said Mary Zabriskie, Assistant Director for Campus Life. Zabriskie serves as the StEP Advisor and will continue to lead the program in its new home.
“Integration of StEP and Skandalaris Center resources will enable further improvements in the experiential learning opportunities StEP provides, to an even broader population of students” said Emre Toker, Managing Director of the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship.