Entrepreneurship and Start Ups

Explore careers in entrepreneurship and start ups by exploring the links below.  Found a career you're interested in? Stop by our office or make an appointment with a career advisor and begin networking to learn more.

Quicklinks: Job and Internship Resources | Student Organizations and Departmental Resources | Alumni to Know

Job and Internship Resources

  • Venture For America- Learn and apply for this program for enterprising college graduates who can revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship.
  • Thiel Fellowship - $100,000 for 2 years to support 20 and unders to "learn by doing" and accelerate their professional development so that they can bring their most ambitious projects to life
  • Enstitute - Enstitute is a non-profit, apprenticeship-based, educational experience that turns startups and small businesses into classrooms. Apply to 50+ jobs with one application to work with the most innovative companies and learn directly from CEOs!
  • All Business - Information, products, and services for entrepreneurs to start, manage, finance and build a business
  • Entrepreneur.com - Information to help start, grow or manage a small business
  • StartupJournal - The Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs
  • My Own Business - A free course on how to start a business
  • Ashoka - A global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs
  • Social Edge - Global online community where social entrepreneurs connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources
  • Ladies Who Launch - Provides online resources and connections for women entrepreneurs
  • Mass Challenge - Connects entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and succeed immediately, internship opportunities posted as well
  • Echoing Green Fellowship - supports innovative solutions to community challenges 
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Student Organizations & Departmental Resources

  • Entrepreneurship - A capstone course designed to expose students to a strategic perspective on business challenges in the context of entrepreneurial firms. Integrating concepts and analytical tools from functional disciplines (e.g., finance, marketing, accounting) in the diagnosis, analysis, and resolution of complex business situations, this seminar helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to excel in either new ventures or in today's increasingly entrepreneurial corporate environments. Among other activities, students learn from case studies, class discussions, and working together to develop and present a business plan.
  • Venture Club - The Venture Club was established in 2010 to help students from across campus learn about start-ups in a hands-on environment. During the term, students meet on a weekly basis to listen to guest speakers, plan and promote events such as the Entrepreneurship Summit, and work on consulting projects for start-ups.

Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started networking? Stop by our office to get started.

To learn about more alumni in the industry and their career experiences, visit the WLUalum Twitter!


 Graham Perkins '11

Graham Perkins currently works in Product for Expensify, a business expense-management startup, in San Francisco. At W&L, he studied economics and environmental studies before going on to get an MS at the McIntire School of Commerce at UVA, where he concentrated in financial services and management of information systems. Since joining Expensify, he's learned to love the rapid feature-release cycles, the intense nature of competition in the industry and the ability to work across functional groups, whether in product, engineering or user experience and design.

He believes that the liberal arts education like the one W&L provides is excellent for individuals working in startup environments where it's critical that one understands how to deeply problem solve and where it's equally important to have a high degree of interpersonal skill. Additionally, working at a startup makes it feel a little bit like he's still in college since it provides frequent opportunities to dive deeply into a new subject and learn everything you can and allows you to wear whatever you want to work, which is always nice.

Graham is happy to talk startups and tech, finding one's interests or really anything else that might come to mind.


Emily Golub '06

Emily Golub graduated from Washington & Lee in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Soon after college, Emily joined her family’s business, Intimacy as they began their national expansion. Over the course of 5 years, Emily took on the role of National Director of Stores overseeing the opening, training and development of 18 boutique stores across the US. When the company was sold to suppliers, Emily decided to pursue her own business focused on local foods.

In the fall of 2012, Emily founded Garnish & Gather. Garnish & Gather puts together recipe kits – all the raw ingredients needed to cook a gourmet dinner at home, and all the food is sourced from local Atlanta farms and food artisans. Garnish & Gather serves the Atlanta area to support folks coming together around the dinner table to share in a delicious, healthy and local home cooked meals. Garnish & Gather began serving their first customers in June of 2013 and has seen significant month over month growth since it’s launch. In the emerging space of grocery delivery & meal kit services, Emily has focused on positioning Garnish & Gather as delivering the best quality ingredients, creative recipes, locally farmed natural foods as well as a resource for clients to feel a part of the local food community.


Reid Thompson ‘04

Reid Thompson is an Assistant Director of Career Advising and Education for the residential MBA program at UVA and focuses on advising students in the areas of entrepreneurship, venture capital, private equity, investment management, and general management. Reid has over seven years of experience in financial services, marketing, and operations. Most recently at YB MoneySpot, a financial technology startup, Reid was Vice President of Market Strategy, overseeing marketing plans, investor relations, and vendor relationship. Reid also worked in marketing and research at Latinum Network where he managed operations and business intelligence. Immediately after Darden, Reid spent four years at BB&T bank in a Leadership Development Program where he focused on financial management, commercial lending and retail banking and oversaw a multicultural initiative, which brought in new retail business for Hispanic clients. Before business school he managed a manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico. Reid is a graduate of Washington & Lee University with a BA in Spanish and has an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.