Get funded through one of the Skandalaris Center's business plan competitions.

The Skandalaris Center offers three primary business plan competitions. In 2016-2017, the Skandalaris Center and its partner organizations awarded over $718,000 in funding to Washington University-affiliated ventures.




LEAP Inventor Challenge

The LEAP Inventor Challenge awards funding to those with translational research and inventions with the goal of advancing Washington University in St. Louis’s intellectual property towards commercialization.

Open to: Washington University faculty, postdoc, graduate student, and staff research teams

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Global Impact Award


Global Impact Award

The Global Impact Award is for ventures that are scalable and sustainable with proof of concept and a broad impact.

Open to: Washington University undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, residents, and recent alumni (<10 years)

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Skandalaris Center Cup


Skandalaris Center Cup

The Skandalaris Center Cup is for early-stage, scalable ventures.

Open to: Washington University students, postdocs, and recent alumni

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Other Funding Opportunities on Campus:


Social Enterprise Impact Accelerator

The Social Enterprise Impact Accelerator supports individuals and teams in the development of revenue-generating, high-impact social enterprises.

Open to: St. Louis community at large

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Discovery Competition

This special opportunity provides engineering undergraduate students the forum to explore their entrepreneurial interests with support from mentors, to use their creativity to develop solutions for real-world problems and to compete for financial resources that could help turn their ideas into businesses.

Open to: Washington University undergraduate engineering students

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Unsure if you’re ready to apply?

We’ll help with that! You can meet with a Venture Analyst on staff to discuss your venture idea no matter how developed it is.

We sometimes offer workshops throughout the year to help you sharpen your idea. Join the email list to be the first to hear when we launch such opportunities.


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The Skandalaris Center director has discretionary funds to award to some events, projects, and organizations. Learn more »