Upcoming events spotlight entrepreneurship and innovation ​

Entrepreneurship, innovation and Washington University in St. Louis’ role in supporting them both will be the focus of two special events on campus next week.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Professional Education Technology and Leadership Center will present an entrepreneurship and innovation panel from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Whitaker Hall Atrium. The panel will feature some of the St. Louis region’s best-known leaders on the entrepreneurship scene, including Dedric Carter, the university’s associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship; Feathershark CEO Rob Cima; Jason Hall, the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation; Crowdsource CEO Stephanie Leffler; and Venture Café Executive Director Travis Sheridan.

The panel will discuss what it takes to launch a successful business, and why opportunities have never been better for high-tech startups in St. Louis. Register for the free panel.

The Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship will hold an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fair from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Edison Courtyard. The event, which will include circus performances, frozen custard and door prizes, will be a fun way for university students to learn more about Skandalaris and the resources it provides to startups. Student groups, including IDEA Labs and StEP, also will be there to explain their programs and the ways students can become involved in the ever-growing entrepreneurial community on campus. Learn more about the free event.