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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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High Score
posted by Tama The

Physical activity fosters psychological well-being, increases self-esteem and establishes the foundation for a healthy life in children and adolescents. "High Score" is an online platform whose app tracks data from a portable heart rate monitor. Kids are rewarded with points when they keep their heart-rate above certain targets. Points can be exchanged for rewards and prizes. Data from "High Score" can be posted on social media for kids to share their exercise accomplishments, or levy exercise challenges, with family and friends.

industry: Information Technology, Social Ventures

needs: Team Members, Mentors, Product Development, Investors, Technology, Finance and Accounting

Gateway to Dreams
posted by Karen Hoffman

Gateway to Dreams... our Mission: Moving Dreams into Action through a Community of Support. Located in Chesterfield Mall, Gateway to Dreams hosts face to face events that include coaches and other resources to share ideas, information, introductions and inspiration. With a focus on sharing and taking action, Gateway is already helping St. Louis residents pursue their dreams. Dreams are supported in the following areas: Business, Career and Life. Paying Dreams Forward. Gateway to Dreams is a nonprofit.

industry: Social Ventures, Women Entrepreneurs, Design Entrepreneurship

needs: Team Members, Mentors, Technology, Operations and Management

posted by Huy Lam

In vitro fertilization (IVF) enables infertile couples to rear their own children. However, IVF is inefficient. Studies show only 5% on average successfully produce a baby. One way to increase the success rate is to fertilize these eggs with higher quality sperm. Commonly, only 4% of a sperm sample is viable. Current methods to select sperm for IVF don't account for many of these abnormalities and damage the sperm DNA. Our SpermSelect concept selects normal sperm more efficiently, and naturally without damaging sperm DNA to make IVF more affordable and available for all couples.

industry: Plant and Life Science, Design Entrepreneurship

needs: Team Members, Mentors, Advisors, Research Partners, Product Development, Market Analysis

Project 13
posted by Barbara Primm

Project 13 is an accelerated 8-10 week remediation program geared towards the remediation of high school graduates interested in enrolling in college and entering the Armed Forces. The instruction focuses on subject mastery in the content areas of math/algebra, reading comprehension, research writing, and general essay writing prior to the administration of the college level Compass-exams and ASVAB testing.

industry: Minority Entrepreneurs, Women Entrepreneurs

needs: Team Members, Mentors, Advisors, Research Partners, Market Analysis, Operations and Management

Sweet Celebrations - Birthday Parties
posted by Beth Brockling

Sweet Celebrations is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides birthday parties to the homeless children. Sweet Celebrations celebrates birthdays in 11 local shelters in Saint Louis and Saint Charles counties. Each birthday child receives a personalized birthday cake, ice cream from Baskin Robbins, birthday games at that party personalized to the child's interests and goody bags for all the birthday guests. Sweet Celebrations was established in November 2013 and has celebrated 103 birthdays in 2014! We look to celebrate a minimum of 300 birthdays in the year of 2015.

industry: Women Entrepreneurs

needs: Team Members, Mentors, Advisors, Investors, Communication Strategy, Operations and Management

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