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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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People with Purpose
posted by Trace Carney

Think about a time a dream came true or you accomplished a goal. You were living a purposeful life. How did you feel? Energized? Proud? Alive? People with Purpose (PWP) inspires and supports incarcerated adults and youth before and after release to achieve their dreams and goals and lead purposeful and productive lives by providing one-on-one professional life coaching services. PWP offers people a second chance to make a better choice for themselves, family and friends, and our community. When our clients are on a more purposeful path recidivism rates and incarceration costs will decrease.

industry: Social Ventures, Professional Services, Women Entrepreneurs

needs: Team Members, Mentors, Advisors, Research Partners, Investors, Communication Strategy

Backside Gear
posted by Jeff Elbaum

With access to deeper snow and steeper, more technical lines than ever, skiers have been scrambling for the tools to stay in control and keep charging hard while exploring all that the mountains have to offer. Ski manufacturers have struggled to build a product that provides the authority and support that big mountain skiers seek. Backside Gear combines original technology with designs developed by the most popular and progressive ski manufacturers to create a ski that offers superior flotation, stability, and turn initiation.

industry: Retail and Consumer Products

needs: Team Members, Mentors, Product Development, Investors, Market Analysis, Legal Advice

Get This, Make That
posted by Lisette Dennis

Avoir, LLC will debut the mobile application, Get This, Make That. The shopping app will provide the user with in-store information on the required materials and tools (illustrated) and basic instructions for home improvement projects.

industry: Information Technology, Retail and Consumer Products, Minority Entrepreneurs

needs: Advisors, Investors, Market Analysis, Technology

Biz2Community Fundraising Platform
posted by Devon Moody-Graham

Biz2Community is an innovative fundraising platform that connects small businesses that need to increase visibility and revenue and community organizations that need funding to provide services. Non-profit community organizations become marketing ambassadors for small businesses by selling Virtual Fundraising Cards which help raise funds for the organizations to provide community services, provide incentives for patrons to purchase from local businesses while serving the dual person of helping to raise funds. The purpose is to encourage people to spend their money where they live.

industry: Information Technology, Social Ventures, Minority Entrepreneurs, Women Entrepreneurs

needs: Team Members, Technology

The GetajobU college accelerator program will help college students become totally prepared job candidates. GetajobU will partner with college career centers to provide students with required, progressive weekly 15-minute assignments delivered electronically. By doing so, students will have a powerful resume, LinkedIn profile and cover letter, and know how to interview and stand out in their chosen field by graduation. Career centers can track studentsí progress and employment statistics. Major employers will sponsor the program to ensure a steady pipeline of qualified applicants.

industry: Professional Services, Women Entrepreneurs

needs: Team Members, Advisors, Product Development, Investors, Market Analysis, Legal Advice

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