Founding of Bears Bikes
Bears Bikes was founded by two WashU students in 2004 when a lunchtime chat led to a simple idea: offer students the opportunity to rent rather than purchase bikes!
What was a very simple idea transformed into a serious business plan through the course of a few short months.
The purpose of this business is to give students low-hassle, environmentally friendly transportation at an affordable cost.
Student Entrepreneurial Program
Bears Bikes is a member of the Washington University Student Entrepreneurial Program.
Bears Bikes, like all StEP businesses, is a student-owned and operated business. In order to participate, all owners must be undergraduates enrolled full-time at WashU. Before the owners graduate, they must sell their business to younger students. Bears Bikes is currently under its fourth generation of owners.
Bears Bike Team Owners
Ethan Ruder – Ethan is a Senior from Newton, MA pursuing majors in Economics and Finance and a minor in the Business of Sports. Ethan plays on the Club Baseball Team and is a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity. He is the COO of Bears Bikes and is also the head of finance.
Jess Zhang- Jess is a Sophomore from Morristown, NJ pursuing Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. She is a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, Japan Peer Network, and Girls Who Code.
Jeff Elbaum– Jeff is studying Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences and hails from Trumbull, CT. Jeff is a member of the Squash Team, the Olin Sports Management Organization, the Real Estate Club, and is the treasurer for the Bee School. Jeff enjoys biking, hiking, and skiing in Stowe, VT, and he is the lead mechanic at Bears Bikes.
Fawaz Mohiuddin- Fawaz is studying Finance in the Olin Business School and is also pursuing a minor in Mandarin Chinese and the Business of Sports. Fawaz is from Minneapolis, MN and is a member of the Olin Sports Management Organization, the Washington University Investment Banking Association, and MoneyThink.