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Student Entrepreneurial Program (StEP)

What is it?

Offered through the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Student Entrepreneurial Program (StEP) offers students the opportunity to gain real-world experience by owning an on-campus business that serves the WashU community.

Tell me more

Student StEP-business owners can supplement the valuable business and entrepreneurial skills they learn in the classroom as they manage and lead their own businesses. Students can buy into an existing business or start a new one.

To start a new business, prospective StEP-business owners must come up with a unique business concept, develop and present a business plan and raise capital. Find the full list of steps here.

 Current StEP businesses run the gamut in the products and services they provide, from an on-campus food delivery service to bike rentals to a salon and barbershop and more. 

“For anyone looking or thinking about starting a business, the piece of advice I would give is to try. Continue to do it, don’t be afraid to fail, keep going, and the more experience you have, the more you will be able to apply it to your future successes.”

Who is it for?

StEP is open to all WashU undergraduate students. It is best for individuals who take initiative and are driven and passionate about owning, managing and running a company of their own. 

Get in touch:

Contact Jessica Weldon, Assistant Director of Programs for the Entrepreneurship Center, with questions at jessica.weldon@wustl.edu.

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