Startup (W)U is the Skandalaris Center’s pre-orientation program for incoming first year students.  The program takes place each year on the Sunday – Thursday in August before Orientation and the start of classes.  It allows innovative thinkers and students with an idea to be active in entrepreneurship and get to know the Skandalaris Center and St. Louis startup community as soon as they arrive on campus.

Students from all majors are welcome and will experience the journey from idea to venture, exploring the entrepreneurial community and getting to know several alumni who live and work in St. Louis on their entrepreneurial ventures.

"It was a life changing experience. I want to pursue my idea and take advantage of all the center has to offer."

"It was a fun experience and really felt that a start up was possible."

"It was a great experience! I'm really looking forward to continuing [my venture concept]. Looking forward to working w/the Skandalaris Center"

"It was very solid overall. It completely exceeded my expectations I'm all about entrepreneurship."

"This was an amazing experience. I learned so much and I would absolutely recommend this program to others!"

Most importantly, students learn the value of interdisciplinary collaboration and discover how much a group of passionate people can accomplish in a few short days.