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

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




LEAP: Leadership and Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program

LEAP provides developmental experience, industry connections, and resources to research teams with the goal of advancing Washington University intellectual property towards commercialization.

Open to: Any person/team with Washington University intellectual property

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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 Venture Competition

The Skandalaris Venture Competition is for early-stage startups and new ventures.

Open to: current Washington University students

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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 schedule a Venture Development meeting with a member of our team 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.


Need sponsorship for your project or group?

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