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The St. Louis Entrepreneurial Fellowship is a year-long program that gives WashU undergrad students a chance to explore entrepreneurship at WashU and in St. Louis.

Applications for the 2022 Fellowship are now closed.

The 2020 Skandalaris Fellowship cohort. (Photo: Sydney Everett)

This year-long program includes the following activities:

Spring 2022

  • Participate in an accredited course that meets once a week [Navigating the Startup World]. The course will explore the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in St. Louis. This will include site visits to local incubators and startups, professional development, and networking opportunities to assist you in securing a summer internship. Fellows will design event programming for summer 2022 during the seminar.
  • Class will meet on Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 4:30pm and will be required for all members of the cohort.
  • Course is worth 3 credits.

Summer 2022

  • Move into on-campus housing on June 5. No exceptions!
  • Attend the kickoff dinner on June 5.
  • Complete a summer internship between June 6 and August 11 (no exceptions).
  • Over the summer you will:
    • Intern at an early-stage (generally less than 5 years old), St. Louis-based startup Monday through Friday
    • Participate in weekly programming (conventionally held on Wednesday afternoons)
    • Receive a $3,000 stipend for the summer
    • Live in on-campus housing provided by the program
    • Lead activities associated with the weekly event programming

Fall 2022

Utilize experience from the course and summer internship to create and implement a capstone project aimed at identify and addressing a perceived gap in the St. Louis entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students will deploy skills in customer discovery, market research, and iteration to design and implement their project. Throughout the fall, fellows will:

  • Meet once a week with fellowship staff to discuss progress on projects.
  • Spend about 2-3 hours per week outside of the regular meeting time working on the project.
  • Work in small groups on these capstone projects.


  • Professional development
  • Hands-on work experience
  • Network building
  • Paid summer internship
  • On-campus housing for the summer
  • Make an impact on the St. Louis community

What makes a good fellow:

  • Undergraduate students (first year, sophomores, and juniors, or anyone who will be here January-December 2022)
  • Any undergraduate major
  • Innovative
  • Creative
  • Self-motivated
  • Good communication skills
  • Adaptable
  • Dedicated

Read about the Fellowship:

Anyone interested in exploring entrepreneurship and innovation is encouraged to apply! The fellowship is open to current first-years, sophomores, and juniors from all majors. You do not need to have an interest in starting a business on your own to be a St. Louis Entrepreneurial Fellow.

Applications for the 2022 cohort will open September 20 and close October 18, 2021. Apply Here!