The Skandalaris Center offers free, non-credit workshops designed to encourage ideas and help entrepreneurs develop their skills and advance their ideas. Workshops are held on both campuses and are targeted for different audiences.  We recommend, but don’t require, that participants attend all sessions, and have found that the workshops help competitors for funding to improve their deliverables.

The Skandalaris Center offers two workshop series:

Washington University Startup Training Lab (WU-STL) – open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members

WU-STL is a free, year-long series of training sessions that serve as a comprehensive introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship.  The series is independent from, but complementary to, Skandalaris business plan competitions, and all workshops are free and open to all.  This year, the workshops will be taught by team members from the Brown School of Social Work and the Skandalaris Center.

This year’s series will kick off on October 14th with the launch of the Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition (SEIC) (though attendees are not limited to only SEIC participants).  WU-STL has evolved from past Skandalaris workshops and skills sessions over the past decade out of the university’s commitment to fostering commercial and social entrepreneurship on campus and in the community.  The series leverages the resources and expertise of the university to impact any who are interested in learning the skills to take innovations from idea to sustainable businesses and social enterprises, contributing to the development of systemic solutions to the region’s social and economic challenges.

Participants in WU-STL will be able to compete for small grants to test their ideas and develop prototypes, or “MVPs” of their business model.  This addition to the series will add to the participants’ ability to launch and sustain businesses or social programs independent of the potential support of Skandalaris and community competitions.

Evidence-Based Entrepreneurship – open to the Washington University community only

This workshop series will consist of seven sessions that build upon each other and will provide a hands-on, real life, practical skills and tools needed to start a venture in science, medicine, and entrepreneurship.  The series is free and open to the university community and will be taught by Emre Toker, Skandalaris Center Managing Director.  We highly recommend that individuals attend the entire series.  Workshops are held at the Medical School campus on seven consecutive Mondays starting September 19, from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

View the descriptions of this year’s workshops here, or view past presentations here.

Other workshops

The Skandalaris Center also offers venture- and audience-specific workshops upon request, info sessions for competitions, and workshops specific for applicants and finalists for competitions.  Please check our calendar for upcoming events and contact the Skandalaris Center with any questions.