Entrepreneurship and Innovation

At Washington University in St. Louis, we support the next generation of entrepreneurs. We educate innovators who turn ideas into products, companies and social movements. Our engineers — students and faculty alike — have contributed to more than 20 accelerators and incubators in the St. Louis area, including Sling Health Network, a student-run biotechnology incubator.

Key Resources

  • » Equalize 2020
  • » Discovery Competition
  • » Skandalaris Center
  • » Sling Health
  • » Office of Technology Management
  • » Spartan Makerspace
  • » ArchHacks

This event will provide a platform to select, coach, and promote women inventors with startup technology to engage the investor and corporate community, building networks and creating a sustainable effort to drive women-founded university startups. June 24-25, 2020 » Learn More

This provides undergraduates the forum to explore their entrepreneurial interests with support from mentors, develop solutions for real-world problems and compete for financial resources that could help turn their ideas into businesses. » Learn More

As an interdisciplinary center, the Skandalaris Center initiatives serve all students, faculty, staff and alumni from all levels and disciplines. They aim to inspire and develop creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship to get you connected, trained and funded. » Learn More

Sling HealthTM (formerly IDEA Labs) was founded in 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis, bringing together students, faculty, staff and local entrepreneurs to tackle unmet needs in health care delivery and clinical medicine. » Learn More

OTM assists WashU in the transfer of technology from the lab to the global marketplace. OTM acts as a resource for faculty in the areas of patent prosecution, material transfer agreements, marketing and licensing. » Learn More

Spartan Makerspace resources will include 3D printers and scanners, plasma cutters, computer-controlled milling machines and lathes for cutting metal. Such tools can be used to create everything from tech products and biomedical devices to sculptures and architectural mock-ups. » Learn More

ArchHacks is WashU's hackathon bringing together students from across the U.S. and Canada for a weekend of innovative and creative problem-solving. Students interested in all areas of computer science, entrepreneurship, and innovative thinking are welcome. No experience is required. » Learn More

Explore Academics

From courses to minors and master’s programs, there are multiple ways we infuse innovation into the classroom.

Campus & City-wide Resources

As a WashU student, you'll belong to a tight-knit and expansive community of innovators, creatives and visionaries. We offer a wealth of accessible campus and city-wide resources, and encourage collaboration across industries.

History of Success

What does success look like? Take a look at some of the most successful companies to come out of WashU.

Entrepreneurship News



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