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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 Yunci Qi

Jet lag afflicts millions of travelers every year with severe fatigue that many people try to deal with differently, be it caffeine, alcohol, or sleeping pills. SleepBrite will develop an emerging method called light therapy, which uses exposure to bright lights at specific wavelengths to help people adjust to a change in the day cycle faster. While competitors are developing glasses embedded with LEDs, we will develop an app using something everyone already has: their smartphone screen.

industry: Plant and Life Science, Retail and Consumer Products

needs: Team Members, Research Partners, Product Development, Market Analysis, Communication Strategy, Operations and Management

AbCellute Screening
posted by Michael Binkley

AbCellute Screening seeks to help oncologists detect and characterize progressive metastatic cancers in patients before they are able to develop into secondary tumors within the body. Using novel antibody coated, biodegradable spheres in conjunction with acoustic separation techniques, Circulating Tumor Cells (CTC's) can be removed from a patient's blood sample without changing their growth patterns or introducing contaminants. This technology will open the door for rapid and specific cancer detection within clinics to improve patient's prognosis and treatment options early on.

industry: Plant and Life Science

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

Trans-Catheter Leaflet Capture
posted by Gabriel Ferreira

Mitral regurgitation is the leading cause of valvular heart disease, and is prevalent in more than 2% of the population. Mitral valve repair can result in left ventricular outflow tract obstruction due to motion of the anterior mitral leaflet. A new device is needed to capture the anterior leaflet in order to open the outflow tract during mitral valve repair surgery. With this new device, previously excluded patients can undergo mitral valve repair with significantly reduced surgical risk.

industry: Plant and Life Science, Design Entrepreneurship

needs: Mentors, Advisors, Product Development, Investors

The Oxygen Project
posted by Laurie Brockhaus

The Oxygen Project partners with schools and youth agencies in the St. Louis area to provide ongoing yoga programming to children and adolescents. It is our mission to empower youth to face everyday stress and significant life challenges with resilience and calm through yoga and mindfulness techniques. Our strengths-based and trauma-informed programming supports physical and mental health, positive behavior, and healthy relationships.

industry: Social Ventures, Women Entrepreneurs

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

posted by Madison Mack

NeuroComp aims to make rapid, single-cell analysis feasible for neuroscientists by developing polymer-based beads that mimic the physical properties of neurons. These mimetic neurons can be used to calibrate a flow cytometer, which is a machine that can measure up to 18 parameters on millions of cells, one cell at time. As a field, neuroscience has begun to study individual cells and their unique properties rather than bulk populations, and with this shift in focus a lot of potential breakthroughs await. NeuroComp will be at the forefront of this movement by providing access to flow cytometry.

industry: Plant and Life Science, Design Entrepreneurship

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

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