Skandalaris Center

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Washington University in St. Louis is consistently in the Top 25 schools for entrepreneurship programs. 

Our 2019 rankings by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine are:

  • #7 Undergraduate Program for Entrepreneurs [link]
  • #18 in Graduate Program for Entrepreneurs [link]

These rankings are the result of programs and initiatives across campus. At the Skandalaris Center, we are committed to serving the Washington University community in its Creative, Innovative, and Entrepreneurial needs. Because of this, we have established new initiatives and programs together with our interdisciplinary colleagues. Here’s a look at some recent achievements:

$2.5 Million Grant to Teach Innovation & Entrepreneurship to Biomedical Audiences

In 2017, Washington University was awarded a 5-year, $2.5 million grant. The funding will enable Washington University to train biomedical investigators how to apply innovative and entrepreneurial skills to their research. A team at the Skandalaris Center is developing the platform for disseminating such training tools.

Successful SBIR/STTR Grants—$3 Million and Counting

From June 2016 to June 2017, the Skandalaris Center provided support in administration, grant writing, and business development to six University-associated businesses with the intent of submitting Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) grants. Four of these companies were led by faculty and staff, and two were led by students. Five grants were ultimately submitted for funding, of these, two are currently pending review and two were awarded grants totaling over $3 million, with substantial sub-contracts to Washington University. While these grants are made to small business concerns, they often support the translational science research necessary to commercialize academic discoveries, and significant sub-contracts can be granted to associated universities.