Skandalaris Center

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Good ideas are one opportunity away from success. We developed the following programs and competitions to help innovators and entrepreneurs access the resources they need to take their ideas to the next level.

Student Entrepreneurial Program (StEP)

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

Global Impact Award

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

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.

LEAP (Leadership and Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program)

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

Ascend Grant

  • A planning grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. that helps women and people of color create and/ or scale their businesses. .

Simon Initiative

  • The Simon Initiative is a multi-stage collaborative initiative to expand diversity and interdisciplinary approaches to entrepreneurship.