Teen Idea Dash


The Saint Louis University Center for Entrepreneurship’s Teen Idea Dash is now open!

All high school students are invited to enter with a simple post to Instagram using the guidelines below by Friday, September 16th, 11:59pm (CST).

After the submission window closes, a panel of judges will select the top 20 ideas. The top 20 will have the opportunity to join us at the Teen Idea Dash on Saturday, October 1st at the Saint Louis City Museum where they will race through the museum on an idea generating scavenger hunt, crafting as many ideas as possible for challenges posed by local entrepreneurs before time is up.

First place team members win $125 each. Second place team members win $100 each. Third place wins $75 each.

The Question…

Now that the Rams are gone, how would you re-purpose the Edward Jones Dome to be a place to include & connect young people in STL?

Here’s how to apply:

  1. Follow us on Instagram @SLU_ent

  2. Watch for our “problem” post on Monday, August 29th

  3. Come up with your best idea to solve the presented problem

  4. Post a photo of your idea on Instagram, and tag @SLU_ent using #SLUIdeaDash. Once you post, tag, and hashtag, you are entered!

  5. Deadline to enter is Friday, September 16th at 11:59pm (CST).

  6. Watch for the announcement of the finalists on Monday, September 19th.

For more information visit the FAQs or email lauragardner@slu.edu.

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Q: Who’s eligible to enter?

A: Any high school student (9th grade-12th grade).  


Q: How do I apply?

A: Follow us on Instagram and watch for the announcement of the First Round Problem on Monday, August 29th. Come up with an awesome idea to provide a solution to that problem. Post a photo of your idea description to Instagram by Friday, September 16th at 11:59 pm(CST). Tag @SLU_ent and use #SLUIdeaDash. Once you post, tag, and hashtag, you are entered!


Q: Can I submit more than one (1) entry?

A: Yes, you may submit as many entries as you’d like. Be sure to tag @SLU_ent and use #SLUTeenIdeaDash2016 in order to officially enter each idea.  


Q: Can more than one person enter together?

A: No. You must enter individually.


Q: When is the deadline to submit my presentation?

A: Friday, September 16th at 11:59pm CST.


Q: When will I know if I’m a finalist?

A: You will be notified by Monday, September 19th, which will give you almost (2) weeks to plan accordingly.


Q: Who are the first round judges?

A: The first round of judges consist of the Saint Louis University Entrepreneurship Team.


Q: When and where does the final competition take place?

A: Saturday, October 1st, from 9:00 am-11:00 am at the Saint Louis City Museum.


Q: What are the prizes?

A: First place: $125 each

    Second place:$100 each

   Third place: $75 each


Q: If I’m selected as a finalist, who will be judging my ideas?

A: Although the judges change every year, you will be pitching ideas to local entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs will be presenting you with real challenges facing their businesses and will select their favorite ideas.