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The Leadership and Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program (LEAP) is a platform for industry connections and gap funding designed to engender Washington University technology commercialization, illuminate investment risk, and rapidly accelerate development of validated projects. 

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

Registration for the Spring 2020 LEAP cycle has closed. Registration for the next cycle will open in the fall.

Learn About LEAP


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. LEAP cumulative awards of $2.3m have been leveraged to raise a combined total of $64m (28x ratio). 

Additional Resources & Funding Available to Eligible Applicants

Washington University is pleased to offer an additional LEAP support opportunity in collaboration with Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Limited (SPARC).

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 your first meeting with the LEAP support team.

Questions about filing an invention disclosure with OTM? Contact

Questions about LEAP? Contact