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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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posted by Angela Williams

talkingstix is a technology platform designed to facilitate and develop relationships across and about cultural differences. We consider ourselves the "" for social justice.

industry: Information Technology, Social Ventures, Minority Entrepreneurs

needs: Mentors, Advisors, Research Partners, Investors, Market Analysis, Legal Advice, Technology, Communication Strategy

Fit Society LLC
posted by Sergio Rizzuto

Create an online customer base aimed towards a specific audience, in this case fitness, via social media accounts. With the large audiance (currently approaching close to 2 million followers over a couple different pages) I sell advertisements to fitness companies, personal trainers, etc. The goal now is to continue to grow the pages and keep brining in new companies to advertise with as well as expand into an athletic apparel and accessory line as well as a mobile application geared also towards fitness. Future plans also involve creating a nonprofit a charity to help the underprivalaged.

industry: Social Ventures, Retail and Consumer Products

needs: Mentors, Research Partners, Investors, Market Analysis, Communication Strategy

TESLA empowers disadvantaged youth through dynamic after-clubs to expose them to various STEM principles through hands-on design challenges rooted in engineering fields that foster creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. TESLA offers educational services to underserved populations, and our students become more knowledgeable about STEM principles, gain hands-on experience in problem solving, boost confidence in working in a team, surround themselves in a safe after-school environment off the streets, and receive collegiate mentors to help guide them in their pursuits.

industry: Social Ventures

needs: Product Development, Investors, Legal Advice, Technology, Communication Strategy

Pour Favor
posted by Kathy Leiva Rosario

Pour Favorsí mission is to empower Central American girls and women through education. It's cause is to unite them through a network of entrepreneurial activities, such as selling unique Central American made crafts in the U.S. The proceeds will support not only the women in the entrepreneurial network, but also be used to sponsor and encourage girls to pursue educational opportunities for themselves and their families. The mission seeks not only to eradicate illiteracy through education, but to also break the cycle of poverty, inequality and violence increase.

industry: Social Ventures, Finance and Investment, Retail and Consumer Products, Minority Entrepreneurs, Women Entrepreneurs

needs: Advisors, Product Development, Investors, Communication Strategy, Finance and Accounting, Operations and Management

Biomimetic Drinking Water
posted by Rebecca Backer

In times of scarcity, it is imperative that we, as a society, imagine and gather water from new and innovative sources. Our biomimetic surface, inspired by the hydrophobic-hydrophilic micropattern on the back of the Namib Desert Beetle, will provide safe and sanitary drinking water in arid and semi-arid water stressed regions, even without the presence of rain.

industry: Plant and Life Science, Industrial Technology, Social Ventures, Professional Services, Women Entrepreneurs

needs: Advisors, Product Development, Investors, Market Analysis, Legal Advice, Technology

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