In early 2018, The Simon Initiative for Entrepreneurship was launched through a generous donation by alumnus Andrew Simon (LA63) and his wife Andrea as a multi-stage, collaborative initiative sponsored by Washington University’s Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation & Entrepreneurship to expand diversity and interdisciplinary approaches to entrepreneurship.
The Initiative aims to bring women in entrepreneurship to the forefront of conversations in today’s startup world. Some of the goals include:
- To help women start and grow new entrepreneurial businesses, as well as recognize and celebrate their success.
- To expose women in business to the available support networks and resources within the Skandalaris Center and the Initiative to find a community that shares their passion and purpose.
- To assist the university in becoming a center for women entrepreneurs and to keep it in the forefront of this movement throughout the globe.
The Initiative is the first of its kind at the Skandalaris Center and aligns perfectly with the Center’s diversity values.
Below, the Simons share their vision for the Simon Initiative for Entrepreneurship and their efforts to support women entrepreneurs: