Student Entrepreneurship Competition (Discovery Competition)

With the goal of promoting new and innovative discoveries to solve challenges or needs, the School of Engineering & Applied Science created the Discovery Competition in 2012. This special opportunity provides engineering undergraduate students the forum to explore their entrepreneurial interests with support from mentors, to use their creativity to develop solutions for real-world problems and to compete for financial resources that could help turn their ideas into businesses.

  • The Discovery Competition is an annual experience for WashU undergraduate students.
  • The competition includes multiple rounds held during the fall and spring semesters.
  • At least $25,000 will be awarded to the winning team(s) each spring semester so the competition winner(s) can continue developing prototypes and ventures.
  • The competition is fully funded by alumni donors.
  • Students interact with mentors, advisers, judges and other students through several events.
Learn more about Entrepreneurship at WashU Engineering.


Dennis Mell
Professor of Practice
(314) 935-4876

2015-16 Schedule

Meetings at 7 p.m.

Locations vary.

Nov. 12 Intellectual Property Basics

Dec. 3 Marketing and Strategy Basics

Jan. 21 Mingle with mentors; teams give elevator pitches

Jan. 28 Business Canvas Review

Feb. 4 Team presentations with mentor audience feedback

Feb. 11 Accounting Basics

Feb. 18 Team presentations with mentor audience feedback

March 3 Team breakout session with mentor

March 24 Semi-final Presentations

April 7 Finals