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


Formerly the “Bear Cub Challenge,” the LEAP Inventor Challenge engages and trains Washington University faculty, postdoc, graduate student, and staff teams towards commercial development of their technology or product.

Each year, there are three cycles of the LEAP Inventor Challenge. 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.



Registration is now open for the Fall 2017 cycle.  


Register by 9/19




Questions about the LEAP Inventor Challenge? Contact John Brenner.