Navigating the Startup World

NEW Fall 2017 Course:
Navigating the Startup World

M/W 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Seigle 301
3 Credits (interdisciplinary elective)
Instructor: Emre Toker, Managing Director of the Skandalaris Center (see bio below)



Learn how to start a startup in this NEW 3-credit elective course offered by the Skandalaris Center.

  • Open to ALL undergrads and grads and ALL disciplines (including postdocs and staff using their tuition benefit) — equally challenging and instructive to all groups regardless of former experience
  • No prerequisites; no background in business, finance or economics required
  • Based on Y-Combinator’s “Startup School” content. Y-Combinator, based in Silicon Valley, is generally perceived as the world’s most successful startup accelerator.
  • Apply course principles to your own venture concept! For those without a venture concept, we have options for you to choose from.


Course Listings

This is an undergraduate course that both undergraduates AND graduates can take (Graduate Students: Consult with your advisor or registrar about details). Postdocs and staff can also take this course using their tuition benefits. See below for course listings:

  • UNDERGRADS + GRADS: I50 250 Navigating the Startup World
  • POSTDOCS + STAFF: U44 231 Navigating the Startup World (through U College)
  • Note: Both of the above course listings are the same course. Regardless of level— undergrad, grad, postdoc, or staff — you will participate in the same course, meeting at 5:30-7:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays. 


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Instructor Bio

The course will be taught by Emre Toker, Managing Director of the Skandalaris Center.  Emre founded, bootstrapped and successfully exited 3 medical device startups.  He has been an active angel investor for the last 17 years.  He is the co-founder and Managing Partner of the Arch Partners Seed Fund in Tucson, Arizona and the Manager of Washington University’s Greenleaf Seed Fund.