The Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship had a big week: It announced winners of two major competitions awarding more than $70,000 to startups founded by Washington University students and alumni.
Skandalaris Venture Competition
On April 20, nine student-led teams pitched their ideas online to a panel of judges during the Skandalaris Venture Competition (SVC). The competition provides startups with resources, including funding and mentorship, to take their ventures to the next level. Later in the day, three winning teams—Pareto, Honeymoon Chocolates and Caralyst—were revealed on Zoom and split $22,500 in prize money.
Global Impact Awards
On April 23, the center made another big announcement via Zoom: the winners of the 6th annual Suren G. Dutia & Jas K. Grewal Global Impact Awards, which go to socially-minded startups founded by WashU students, researchers and recent alums. This year, there was a tie for first place, with $20,000 awarded to GiftAMeal and 3Dux Design. Wabbani received a $10,000 second-place prize.