Sharon Schneider

Sharon Schneider is the co-founder and CEO of Moxie Jean, the “Upscale Resale” destination for high quality, like-new baby and kids’ clothes. Moxie Jean was a 2012 portfolio company of Techstars Chicago (formerly Excelerate Labs).


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What are you most excited about teaching?

I think managing your emotional health and knowing yourself well enough to make good decisions about your business is a critical skill set that gets too little attention in startup circles. I look forward to talking with my students about their fears, their struggles and their uncertainties--and how to embrace that fear to move the business forward. Being a successful entrepreneur is requires mastering these aspects of a startup as much as data collection and A/B testing.

What expectations will you have of your students?

I expect them to be intellectually honest with themselves, and with me. I expect them to be supportive of each other and constructive in their feedback. Fear and stress have so much power over us--but only until we acknowledge them, laugh at them and take action to make things better. And any student who ever responds to "How is it going?" with "We're crushing it!" will get an automatic D-.

What have you been working on lately?

We are an e-commerce site, so we just started working with a fantastic tech team who is making our site responsive to allow for a smooth mobile shopping experience to boost our mobile conversions. And we're working to launch a content strategy to further cement our position as the leader in "Upscale Resale" with an eye toward style, convenience and quality.



Tuition for Starter School is $12,000 per quarter, excluding housing, materials, and personal expenses. A refundable deposit of $3,000 will be required in order to confirm your acceptance. One week before the start of each quarter a payment of $12,000 must be made. For example, the Winter quarter begins on January 6, so a payment of $12,000 would be due no later than December 30.

Cost Breakdown
Fall quarter -$12,000
Winter quarter $12,000
Spring quarter $12,000
Total $24,000

Do you offer loans and scholarships?

Currenty we don't offer loans or financial aid. However, we are actively working with loan providers and the government to make Starter School more affordable. In the meantime, please reach out to us at so we can learn more about your situation.

How have other students financed their tuition?

Our students have creatively raised funds for Starter School in numberous ways. They've sourced online donations, secured company sponsorship, created friends and family loans, and even sold their cars. The students who have given up the most tend to get the most out of the program. They treat it like a serious, life-changing investment— which is exactly what it is.

A New Way to Pay For Starter School

We are excited to announce a partnership with Upstart, a platform that allows individuals to get financial investment to pursue their dream careers. This partnership allows current students and future Starter School students to raise funding for Starter School tuition.

Here are the requirements to qualify for Upstart:

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident currently living in the US
  2. Be at least 18 years old;
  3. Have a valid e-mail account;
  4. Have a verifiable name, date of birth, and social security number
  5. Have graduated from a 4-year (bachelor's degree) accredited college in 1995 or later or be accepted by and soon to enroll in a 4-year accredited (bachelor's degree) college;
  6. Have an account at a U.S. financial institution with a routing transit number; and
  7. Meet our minimum credit requirements.