Focus Your MBA in Entrepreneurship​

WashU Olin's top-ranked entrepreneurship program works because students are challenged to do more. By enrolling in Olin's MBA entrepreneurship platform, you'll learn to fall in love with a customer's problem, how to do something about it and how to leverage our entrepreneurial ecosystem in St. Louis and around the world.

With more than two dozen courses dedicated to teaching the entrepreneurial spirit, and a host of hands-on opportunities, we give you the tools to solve vexing business problems.

Available courses include opportunities to:

Workshop your own original idea

  • The Hatchery
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Embed with a startup

  • CELect: St. Louis, San Francisco, New York City and International
  • The Metrics Clinic
  • The Marketing Clinic

Consult with investors

  • Venture Capital Methods & Practice
  • Private Equity Methods & Practice
  • Acquisition Entrepreneurship

Innovate within larger entities

  • Managing the Innovation Process
  • Innovating for Defense

Change the world

  • Social Innovation
  • Taylor Community Consulting Program
  • Sustainable Development and Conversation through Entrepreneurial Collaboration: Madagascar
  • Innovating for Healthcare

Whether you’re concentrating on commercial entrepreneurship or social entrepreneurship, together, we can chart your path from idea to business plan—and beyond.

The path is there for you

The program starts exposing you to entrepreneurship and innovation around the world as part of your global immersion. After that, you'll experience:

Fall, year one. The Entrepreneurial Platform seminar. Exposure to guest speakers from all aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Spring, year one. Introduction to Entrepreneurship or Social Entrepreneurship. Learn the fundamentals.

Summer, year two. Apply for Olin’s MBA Entrepreneurial Stipend—$5,000 to work on your startup over the summer with a primary goal of customer discovery. Pair this opportunity with an internship at a larger company.

Fall, year two. Enroll in Olin’s famous Hatchery course. Start pitching ideas on day one. Form teams. Take your ideas as far as possible over the course of the semester—right up to the Olin Cup Business Pitch Competition.

Spring, year two. Launch your business while still in school. Compete for more than $100,000 worth of prizes in various entrepreneurship competitions. Pitch to the WashU Venture Network of angel investors.

By the end of our program, you'll be prepared to work in corporate innovation, small business, family business, nonprofits or consulting. Your skills even scale to venture capital and private equity firms. And, yes, if launching a commercial or social startup is your goal, you'll be ready for that, too.

Doug teaching Doug with guest

Platform Director: Doug Villhard, professor of practice in entrepreneurship (learn more about Doug on the Olin Blog)
Club/Organization: Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Association (EVCA)
Credit Requirements: 15.5 credits (9.5 foundation credits, 3 experiential learning credits, and 3 concentration credits). Read more about the entrepreneurship concentrations (PDF).
Antonio Rivera-Martinez

Antonio Rivera-Martinez | First year MBA student

“Being able to understand [venture capitalism] and communicate it to other people was very important to me.”

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