For 2021, WIT programming is part of our new, national event to empower academic women entrepreneurs: Equalize.


The Women in Innovation & Technology program aims to close the gender gap in invention disclosure and commercialization at Washington University in St. Louis.

History of WIT at WashU

In 2014, the Washington University Office of Technology Management (OTM) introduced the Women in Innovation and Technology (WIT) program to address the persistent under-representation of women in technology commercialization efforts. At the time of WIT’s inception, University Human Resources reported that 35% of University faculty were women. However, OTM estimated that female inventors submitted less than 5% of all invention disclosures at Washington University. WIT educates women faculty on how to navigate the commercialization process, while also introducing various resources available within the St. Louis region.

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