IdeaBounce® is the center’s flagship program and the gateway to many other opportunities.
IdeaBounce® includes both a website and events. The goal of IdeaBounce® is to create a collaborative learning environment where ideas can be discussed openly.
First, the website connects creators, inventors, implementers, investors, business people, artists, service providers, customers, mentors and others—the web of innovators who transform ideas into reality, create value, and bring inventions to market.
Second, IdeaBounce® events are opportunities for IdeaBounce® online forum participants to connect in person. The agenda for those events includes two-minute presentations from online participants. A panel of judges made up of community partners, including venture capital firms, incubators and other local entrepreneurs, declares winners in both student and community categories. The winners receive a cash prize in addition to dinner after the event with judges. Refreshments follow the event, allowing time for students and community entrepreneurs to connect with and help each other.