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Welcome to the IdeaBounce® website for the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis.  Since 2005, the IdeaBounce® site and events have helped early-stage entrepreneurs connect with each other and with the resources they need to help move their ideas forward.  In addition to this site for all ideas, we also host sites specific to the 2014 Olin Cup and the 2015 YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation CompetitionPlease note the welcome kit has not yet been updated for the 2015 YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation competition, but you may click the links above to view the welcome kits from last year. 

We also make the IdeaBounce® website available to universities and community partners who wish to administer their own sites and host their own events.  Visit the following sites to see how others are using the IdeaBounce® concept and contact us at if you'd like your own! 

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Mental health is among top challenges in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Established upon a broad evidence base, the World Health Organization's Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) has been developed with the aims of training and capacity building in order to deliver mental health services, especially in LMICs. Implementation of an mhGAP program in selected target site(s) accompanied with impact evaluation would help overcome existing barriers and limitations within LMICs' mental health system, and provide critical evidence in addressing the grand challenges of mental health.

industry: Social Ventures, Minority Entrepreneurs, Women Entrepreneurs

needs: Research Partners, Investors, Communication Strategy, Operations and Management

posted by Erica Barnell

Geneoscopy is attempting to revolutionize screening for colorectal cancer in this country. Currently, all adults over the age of 50 receive a colonoscopy every ten years to screen for colon cancer. This procedure is incredibly invasive, requires anesthesia and is very expensive for patients. Our method uses the mRNA expression profiles of stool samples to determine if patients have begun to develop cancerous cells in their lower bowels. This method is a less invasive procedure and it will allow us to more frequently test patients at a lower cost.

industry: Women Entrepreneurs

needs: Advisors, Investors, Legal Advice, Finance and Accounting

Gooseneck Alternator
posted by Stephen Cowap

A wind turbine that can be hung from a line or hook. It requires no tower, it can be made portable. It can be lowered to the ground for maintenance. When compared with existing tower mounted designs of the same size, it is roughly 10-1 times lower cost and 20-1 times lower weight. In small size it will charge a smart phone, or small device. In larger size it can charge batteries for electric vehicles. Because it is not a permanent structure, it will not require building permit below a certain size. In giant size it is capable of having longer blade length than existing designs.

industry: Plant and Life Science

needs: Team Members, Mentors, Advisors, Investors, Technology

The House Of Open Arms
posted by April Hazley

The House Of Open Arms, LLC is a diversified Christian based organization motivated by the love of God. Our business objective is to advise Working People of the importance of living within their means. However, we do not define Working People in the traditional sense of the term. We are geared toward assisting middle and lower class Working People who have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own, such as being downsized, divorced, fire victims, and/or unemployed due to lay-off. We are offering temporary residency for up to 12 months in our beautiful Duplex/ two family short-term living q

industry: Professional Services, Minority Entrepreneurs, Women Entrepreneurs

needs: Team Members, Mentors, Product Development, Investors, Market Analysis, Communication Strategy

posted by Manuel Angel

Universiteam is a mobile application that simplifies the way college coaches and team players communicate and organize their practice plans. This platform changes the way coaches manage their teams, it provides with tools and features that facilitate the creation of practice drills, planning of their schedule in coordination with the student/player schedule and provides with tools to see each player's improvement. It is a user-friendly platform, where coaches can interact to see a variety of practice drills that can improve the performance of their teams.

industry: Information Technology, Professional Services

needs: Mentors, Advisors, Investors, Market Analysis, Legal Advice

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