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. 

Creativity Opportunities and Programs

Creativity and design-focused competitions, programs, and opportunities.

Creator’s Gallery

An annual interdisciplinary exhibition for creators of all types, disciplines and ages to display their work.

Entrepreneurial Student Advisory Committee

An opportunity for students to have a say in the events and programs offered by the Skandalaris Center.

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.


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.


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.

InSITE Fellowship

A prestigious fellowship available to graduate students who demonstrate a passion and drive for innovation, entrepreneurship and/or venture capital.

Internship Program

A paid ten-week summer internship and intensive introduction to St. Louis and the world of startups.


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

Make It Take It

Maker events designed to promote creativity at any age and within any discipline.

NSF 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.