The Washington University in St. Louis Student Enterprise Program (StEP) provides a unique opportunity for students to own a business on campus that serves the Washington University community. Student owners can supplement the valuable business and entrepreneurial skills they learn in the classroom while gaining real-world experience as they manage and lead their own businesses. Students can buy into an existing business or start a new one!
StEP is a nationally recognized small business development program committed to equity and developing students equipped with knowledge, skills, and resiliency to succeed as innovators, entrepreneurs, and enterprise leaders.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS WITH DEMONSTRATED FINANCIAL NEED CAN APPLY FOR THE STEP LOAN FUND TO START A NEW BUSINESS OR PURCHASE AN EXISTING STEP BUSINESS. ELIGIBLE STUDENTS CAN BORROW UP TO $10,000 PER LOAN.