The Leadership and Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program (LEAP) provides industry connections, developmental experience, and funding to research teams with the goal of advancing Washington University intellectual property towards commercialization.

There are multiple cycles of LEAP each year. Throughout the program, teams receive mentorship from experts in their fields. At the end of each cycle, teams present to industry-relevant investors and representatives, and have the potential to win funding to help progress their inventions towards commercialization.

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

Spring cycle begins in January
Fall cycle begins in July


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Judges score projects based on their belief that a small amount of capital will significantly advance a product closer to market. In 2016-2017, LEAP judges helped identify promising projects to whom Washington University deployed a total of $650,000 across three cycles.


Additional Resources & Funding Available to Eligible Applicants


Washington University is pleased to offer two additional LEAP support opportunities in collaboration with Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Limited (SPARC) and GSK’s Discovery Partnerships with Academia program.


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Important FYI

Submissions must propose the development of a technology which has an invention disclosure on file with the Office of Technology Management (OTM) BEFORE the finals.

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