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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.  

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    KIWI Outfitters
    posted by Wesley Abeln

    KIWI Outfitters is a lifestyle apparel brand inspired by life's experiences and adventures. We merge the best qualities of the outdoor and preppy clothing markets into one style of product. We produce tee shirts, tank tops, and hats. We strive to bring together the sweeter and finer things in life to allow our customers to look great as they pursue what they love. We consider this what it means to "live KIWI." We call ourselves "KIWI Outfitters" for the sweeter and finer things in life and for the sense of adventure that kiwifruit itself has from its root in New Zealand.

    industry: Retail and Consumer Products

    needs: Investors, Legal Advice, Technology

    Nearly 1/3 of the United States population is colonized with Staphylococcus aureus a human pathogen. Of those who contract methicillin resistant S aureus (MRSA) nearly 1:5 people of all ages and demographics will die. This once preventable and treatable microbial infection requires new therapeutics at a time when antibiotic drug development is near an all time low. We intelligently combined therapeutic antibiotics, to developed synergistic and collaterally sensitive antibiotic combinations which may: reduce drug toxicity, increase clinical efficacy and suppress resistance.

    industry: Plant and Life Science

    needs: Mentors, Advisors, Product Development, Market Analysis, Legal Advice, Operations and Management

    InVitro Select
    posted by Robert Bailen

    InVitro Select is re-engineering the sperm selection process for assisted reproductive procedures such as In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This technology will not only reduce the emotional and psychological stress placed upon those undergoing IVF, but will also open the door for millions of couples battling infertility to afford the procedure by reducing the number of IVF attempts needed for a successful pregnancy.

    industry: Plant and Life Science

    needs: Mentors, Advisors, Investors, Legal Advice

    posted by Katie Frantz

    Sex and health education in public schools is far from comprehensive. SEXcelsior takes fact-based, sex-positive, inclusive sex ed and puts it in app form to make it accessible to people who may not have had access to it through their school system or home environment. The target audience of this app will be young people, especially in states where sex ed is lacking. For example, when abstinence is the only method of contraception discussed. Everyone deserves to know their body's anatomy and rights.

    industry: Plant and Life Science, Information Technology, Women Entrepreneurs

    needs: Team Members, Mentors, Advisors, Research Partners, Product Development, Technology, Communication Strategy, Operations and Management

    Hundreds of millions of tons of plastic are produced worldwide each year for disposable use. While plastics are cost-effective, they are dependent upon fossil fuel resources and unsustainable. One renewable alternative is polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), which are polyesters synthesized by many species of bacteria. Despite the potential economic and industrial benefits, PHAs are not widely used due to their high production cost. By engineering bacteria to utilize energy rich hemicellulose, a waste product of the pulping industry, up to 50% of the production cost of PHAs could be reduced.

    industry: Plant and Life Science

    needs: Research Partners, Investors, Legal Advice

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