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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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Volt Optics
posted by Gregg Willcox

Volt Vision is an ideal, a new way for optometry and vision care to intersect with everyday life. Volt offers a touch-to-change pair of prescription glasses, which can help the aging (or young) eye compensate for myopia (nearsightedness) or presbyopia (farsightedness). By changing the prescription of the glasses instantly, Volt revolutionizes the field of optometry in a novel way. We need research partners, student help, and investment, as this is a very early-stage idea! For more information on how Volt achieves this, look up electrocapillary effect on Wikipedia.

industry: Industrial Technology, Retail and Consumer Products, Design Entrepreneurship

needs: Team Members, Mentors, Research Partners, Product Development, Investors, Technology

InVitro Select
posted by Huy Lam

In vitro fertilization (IVF) assists couples in having their own children. Although it is an expensive procedure, the success rate is lower than it should be. Commonly, only 4% of a sperm sample is viable. Current methods to purify sperm for IVF don't account for many of these abnormalities and damage the sperm DNA. Eggs that are fertilized with sperm with damaged DNA rarely survive after implantation in the uterus. We are developing a device that purifies sperm more safely, with higher specificity, and more naturally to increase the chance of a successful pregnancy with IVF.

industry: Plant and Life Science, Design Entrepreneurship

needs: Team Members, Mentors, Advisors, Market Analysis, Finance and Accounting, Operations and Management

posted by Chenghung Yeh

Petfeeder is a petcare technology company that revolutionized pet care analytics platform and autofeeder. Petfeeder combine a tablet and an auto feeder. The tablet on the feeder can scan barcode from the pet food and compare the current food nutrition to previous choices. It also can provide daily intake detail of your pet. Then owner can have better understanding of balanced meal for pet. The feeder also provides subscription food services. When the owner ran out of food, the feeder can remind and order food online. Petfeeder may include an app, its functions are like remote feeding.

industry: Information Technology, Retail and Consumer Products

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

Green Grass
posted by Ben Gillers

Traditional center pieces at weddings and formal dinners involve bouquets of cut flowers. These will die shortly after the event. I propose to create unique centerpieces for any event with beautifully designed terrariums-a small group of plants growing in a glass. These can be chosen and arranged to fit any mood and any event. Green Grass will provide a long lasting memento for you and your guests and create an environment and ambiance unique to your tastes. Whether you prefer a miniature beach with sand and stones or a forested environment with river rocks and branches, choose Green Grass.

industry: Retail and Consumer Products

needs: Investors, Market Analysis, Legal Advice, Communication Strategy, Finance and Accounting

Sustainable Pocket Community
posted by D. Karim Johnson

Harambee Properties was started in order to develop communities that connect and bring residents together in ways that many land development companies do not. Harambee Properties believes our approach to pocket communities is one of the solutions. We are not just buying land, building a few houses, and letting the cards fall where they may. We will start with the people, their skills, needs, and desires. Then we will develop the pocket community based on those strengths and needs, taking steps to ensure the community has the tools to adapt, maintain, and grow.

industry: Social Ventures, Minority Entrepreneurs, Women Entrepreneurs

needs: Team Members, Mentors, Advisors, Legal Advice, Communication Strategy, Finance and Accounting

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