Bear Cub Challenge becomes LEAP Challenge

After fourteen years as the “Bear Cub Challenge,” Washington University in St. Louis’ competition for inventors has received a new name: the LEAP Inventor Challenge (Leadership in Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program).

The competition is open to all faculty, postdoc, staff and graduate student teams, and awards funding to those with translational research and inventions with the goal of advancing Washington University’s intellectual property towards commercialization. Facilitators of the competition desired a rebrand so that the competition’s name would better represent such a mission. “The new name, LEAP Inventor Challenge, speaks to the goal of the competition—leaping from invention to impact,” says Emre Toker, managing director for the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship, one of the facilitators of the competition.

Read more about the LEAP Inventor Challenge or submit a proposal..