​An Environment That Promotes Entrepreneurship

Washington University is one of the nation’s top schools for entrepreneurs, according to The Princeton Review.

Olin’s Executive MBA program promotes new-venture creation and idea generation. Residencies and core courses emphasize critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving. Themes focus on growth, valuation, risk management, global and emerging markets, and innovation and entrepreneurship. The second-year curriculum includes an innovation project and capstone pitch presentation.

Executive MBA students have formed EMBASE, a networking group that hosts speakers who are entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, or involved with incubators or accelerators. Olin EMBA alumni can also take free entrepreneurship electives, including the Hatchery business plan course, for up to 24 months after they graduate from the program.

More on the university’s entrepreneurship offerings:

The university's Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship created the IdeaBounce website and events that connect early-stage entrepreneurs with each other and with the resources needed to help move their ideas forward. The center sponsors the Olin Cup Competition (for commercial ventures) and YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition, hosts a variety of speakers from around the world, and provides internships and mentoring programs.

Several Olin EMBA students have won or come in second in Skandalaris Center competitions.