Skandalaris Center

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We work with the best and brightest at WashU – the change makers, thought leaders, and visionaries – to solve the world’s problems and meet local needs through innovation and entrepreneurship. As an interdisiplinary center, our initiatives serve students, faculty, staff, and alumni from all levels and disciplines. 

Entrepreneurship Courses

Entrepreneurship courses offered across the university for students of all levels and various disciplines.

Global Impact Award (GIA)

An award for ventures whose inventions, products, ideas, and business models will have a broad and lasting impact on society.

Hatchery

A course offered by Olin Business School, that allows students teams to pursue their own business ideas or support community entrepreneurs.

Honors in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Recognition for students who have shown exemplary involvement in innovation and entrepreneurship during their time at Washington University.

IdeaBounce®

An online platform and event where anyone can pitch an idea, get feedback, and network with other entrepreneurs and innovators.

Innovation Conversations

Interactive discussions showcasing different topics and industries with a variety of creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

LEAP

A hybrid virtual incubator and gap funding program designed to tackle opportunities in university technology commercialization.

NSF Skandalaris I-Corps

An experiential entrepreneurship program that supports scientists seeking to commercialize technology and engages experienced entrepreneurs as mentors, to help teams transform an idea into a viable technology company.

Skandalaris Startup Webinars

An exciting way for alumni to reconnect and share their experience with entrepreneurship.

Skandalaris Venture Competition

A funding competition that provides expert mentorship to new ventures and startups to ready them for commercializing their idea, launching, and pitching to investors.

St. Louis Entrepreneurial Fellowship

A year-long program that gives WashU students a chance to explore entrepreneurship at WashU and in St. Louis.

Student Entrepreneurial Program (StEP)

An opportunity for students to own a business on campus that serves the Washington University community.

Student Groups

Organizations that allow students to gain experience and make valuable interdisciplinary connections in the areas of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The Simon Initiative

A multi-stage collaborative initiative to expand diversity and interdisciplinary approaches to entrepreneurship.

Programs for WashU Entrepreneurs, Creatives, Innovators, and Scholars

Our commitment to interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship is motivated by the following beliefs:

  • Everyone can be creative. We provide hands-on experiences and the creative means to solve problems.
  • Innovation is the backbone of entrepreneurship. Our opportunities are designed to develop and share new ideas while connecting with other WashU entrepreneurs and innovators.
  • Good ideas are one opportunity away from success. Our programs are created to help WashU entrepreneurs and innovators access the resources they need to take their ideas to the next level.
  • Knowledge and skills are key to innovation and entrepreneurship. Our Center offers events and opportunities to help our community of WashU entrepreneurs, creatives, and innovators learn the ins and outs of innovation and entrepreneurship.

In addition to the programs above, we offer resources and opportunities to help WashU entrepreneurs and innovators. We invite you to connect with us if you are looking for the right opportunity for you.

The Skandalaris Center is the home of WashU Entrepreneurship.