Skandalaris Center

Student Organizations


Many student groups at Washington University in St. Louis participate in entrepreneurship.

For more information about any of these groups, please visit their websites or contact Stacy Pearson in the Skandalaris Center.  

  • Biotechnology and Life Science Advising (BALSA) Group: The BALSA Group is a non-profit organization founded and led by Washington University in St. Louis graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.  We provide short-term consulting services to companies ranging from small start-ups to large corporations.
  • Bio-Entrepreneurship Core (BEC): The BEC is a group of Washington University students, post-doctoral fellows and staff dedicated to educating the community, forming relationships with the local biotechnology industry and fostering a spirit of entrepreneurship resulting in exciting new collaborations.
  • Cross Campus Entrepreneurial Senate (CCES):  This student organization is designed to connect all Washington University students sharing an interest in entrepreneurial activities.
  • Engineering Test Kitchen (ETK): Engineering Test Kitchen is an organization founded and led by Washington University in St. Louis undergraduate engineering students. We provide a team of engineering undergraduates under the guidance of an experienced mentor to work on meaningful projects provided by companies, both local and international.
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB): EWB-Washington University partners with developing communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally sustainable, equitable and economical engineering projects while developing internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.
  • Entrepreneur and Venture Capital Association (EVCA): The Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club at the Olin School of Business aims to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of the St. Louis Community. EVCA engages visionaries and leaders in the hopes of gaining an insight into the skills, attitudes and dreams that can change the world. EVCA offers a platform for dialogue on issues related to the creation of new enterprises. The club hopes that its efforts will one day play a small but significant role in the success of entrepreneurs, touching the lives of millions worldwide.
  • Female Association for Business (FAB): FAB has five goals: First, to educate future business leaders on the roles women will play in the modern work environment. Second, to help future business people recognize potential problems that may stem from gender issues. Third, to provide a source for networking among undergraduates, MBAs, faculty and women in the workplace. Fourth, to attempt to establish a reputation in the community through charitable activities. Fifth and finally, to provide another social outlet within Washington University.
  • IDEA (Innovation, Design & Engineering in Action) Labs: IDEA Labs is a biomedical engineering incubator that identifies and designs solutions to problems in healthcare.  IDEA Labs participants work in teams of 3-4 engineering and medical students in an aggressive, but efficient 14 week design process. Teams observe and deeply understand a specific clinical need, create concepts and prototype solutions, and present a final prototype to a clinical and industry audience.  IDEA Labs provides each team with a dedicated clinical mentor, a prototyping budget, technical advisors, and an optional curriculum.  Metrics of success include patents, conference & journal papers, licensing deals, and start-ups.
  • Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS): The Intellectual Property Law Society is a student organization at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law dedicated to the study of intellectual property law. The organization has over 100 members and sponsors events throughout the semester including guest speakers, study breaks, movie nights and happy hour. IPLS sends two teams to IP law moot court competitions each year.
  • Net Impact: Net Impact promotes using the power of business to create a better world. Whether for profit or not-for-profit, ventures are doing leading-edge work to build sustainable businesses that outperform their peers and establish a long-term competitive advantage. The Olin Net Impact Club strives to explore these businesses and the challenging concepts of Sustainable Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
  • Skandalaris Center Ambassadors: Skandalaris Center Student Ambassadors assist the Center in reaching out to all students across the university by raising awareness, mentoring and maintaining a presence on-campus and in the Center.
  • Washington University Game Developers Society (WUGS): WUGS was founded in 2004 by a group of ambitious computer science majors and has since spawned a computer science course (CSE450 and CSE451 Video Game Programming) and an art course (Computer Graphics VI Maya for Games).
  • Washington University Student Investment Fund (WUSIF): While theory states that perfect information leads to perfect efficiency, WUSIF believes that large inefficiencies do exist. This club's goal is to outperform the market by capitalizing upon these market mistakes. WUSIF focuses on small/mid capitalization stocks that are covered by fewer analysts. WUSIF then carefully picks stocks it expects to thrive in the long-term, but which are not adequately covered by the majority of investors. Its members' perspective on the consumer spending habits of their peers enables them to spot unique investment opportunities.
  • Washington University Technology Entrepreneurs (Wute): Wute is a club established to bring together people from all backgrounds who share a common interest in technology and entrepreneurship. The purpose of the club is to promote interest in and to develop skills relating to all aspects of science and technology venture creation. To this end, the club organizes a variety of student-oriented events and invites professionals such as veteran entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and legal experts to share their perspectives. The club also provides a forum for exchanging and critiquing ideas as well as networking and developing collaborations with other members. Members benefit from an extensive set of connections in St. Louis, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and more. The goal of the club is to enable and mobilize its members, and to inspire students to create or join new technology ventures. exists as an independent branch of wute that focuses on nurturing the entrepreneurial culture at Washington University by bringing high caliber venture capitalist and entrepreneurs to engage with students on campus as part of an on-going speaker series. Further, is the administering organization for Washington University's first startup accelerator program, WuStart@OpenDNS.





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