The opportunities to learn and prepare to become an entrepreneur or innovator at Washington University in St. Louis are endless. A variety of programs around the university provide support for early-stage entrepreneurs.

Explore a wide range of learning opportunities

The Skandalaris Center is a cross-campus and community-wide initiative with the goals of igniting entrepreneurial interest and fostering a collaborative learning environment and open discussion of ideas. With few exceptions, Skandalaris Center programs are open to all and provide many free opportunities to learn and connect.

Tackle clinical challenges through Sling Health

Sling Health (formerly IDEA Labs) is a student-run biotechnology incubator that provides resources, training and mentorship to teams of students tackling clinical problems by developing innovative solutions.

Partner with the Center for Experiential Learning

The Center for Experiential Learning creates innovative learning opportunities to produce meaningful results in the business and nonprofit communities. The center conducts projects for St. Louis nonprofits, startups and global firms.

Attend an IdeaBounce® event

The IdeaBounce® website and events connect early-stage entrepreneurs with each other and with the resources they need to help move their ideas forward.

Participate in the Hatchery

The Hatchery (Business Planning for New Enterprises) is open to all students at the university as well as community entrepreneurs. Olin Business School offers the Hatchery course, which partners student teams on Hatchery projects for community entrepreneurs.

Compete to win the Skandalaris Venture Competition

The goal of the Skandalaris Venture Competition is to support the growth of the entrepreneurial community at Washington University and in the St. Louis region by promoting education, collaboration, and team formation leading to the creation of successful early-stage ventures. Students, postdocs, and recent graduates are eligible to enter the Skandalaris Venture Competition.

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab

The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (SEIL) serves as a needed incubator for the creation of new ideas that can advance positive social change as well as generate revenue to create new pathways for social change in St. Louis and beyond.

Catalyze social change through the Suren G. Dutia and Jas K. Grewal Global Impact Award

The Global Impact Award invests in promising ventures and highly motivated entrepreneurs whose technological products and services spur economic growth and catalyze social change for underserved populations.

Join the Technology Transfer Trainee program

The program exposes trainees to a broad range of technology-transfer-related activities to help them acquire skills and experience in the commercial development of research discoveries.

Attend an F-Lab seminar session

The F-Lab Seminar Series is an opportunity for members of the WashU community to learn from experienced entrepreneurs and innovators through intensive seminars over the course of a semester.

Undergraduate Students

Major or minor in entrepreneurship

Undergraduate students can opt to major or minor in entrepreneurship through the Olin Business School.

The Skandalaris Center is able to subsidize 25 interns at St. Louis area startups. These internships are available to undergraduate students in any school pursuing any major, giving students the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship in a real-world setting while connecting to the St. Louis community of startups and support organizations.

Enter the Discovery Competition

The School of Engineering & Applied Science offers the Discovery Competition as an annual opportunity for engineering undergraduate students to explore their entrepreneurial interests with support from mentors and to compete for financial resources that could help turn their ideas into businesses.

Join student entrepreneurial organizations

WashU is home to a wide range of student groups focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. Explore the options and find the organization(s) that are right for you.

Graduate Students

Focus your MBA on entrepreneurship

MBA students have the opportunity to pursue an entrepreneurship concentration, which prepares students to launch an entrepreneurial career in a range of business types.

Focus your MSW on social entrepreneurship

The social entrepreneurship specialization in the MSW program helps students build skills in business planning, budgeting, written and verbal communications, performance management and impact measurement.

Join graduate student entrepreneurial organizations

Graduate students are invited to join a variety of student innovation and entrepreneurial groups.


Apply to LEAP

The LEAP Inventor Challenge offers mentorship from experts, with the potential for teams to win funding to help progress their inventions towards commercialization.