EngenuitySC and Nephron Pharmaceuticals awarded $5,000 to the 2016 Ideas Contest winner, RumbleLab! Congratulations to our three Ideas Contest Finalists and to RumbleLab for taking home the big check!


Here are the 2016 Ideas Contest Finalists.


Moultrie Ball

Here at RumbleLab we make informal STEM education fun through our hands-on monthly subscription box. We are moving toward an innovation-centered economy. Studies show that the US education system is failing to prepare our kids for that future. Kids are naturally innovative–what if we could foster that innovative thinking with a monthly subscription box that got them playing with STEM topics? We have tested the concept with a core group of customers and are looking to scale. We also are investigating the classroom model. This grant will enable us to 1) test the classroom model with North Springs Elementary and 2) focus on scaling the business.


Brittany Kilpatrick/Samantha Shapin

We want to give women a better example of what female friendship can look like. Bonded is an online publication headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. It is dedicated to the unique experience of female friendship; we explore issues of the modern woman, and share stories of inspiring ladies and real female friendship.While Bonded is already up and running, winning this contest would empower us to do the following: employ additional writers, expand our voice and ensure a diverse range of women are represented by Bonded; expand our marketing endeavors to reach more women in the Midlands and spread our message of sisterhood; and finally, implement a series of workshops and retreats designed to embolden the lives of women in the Midlands by creating a space for women to connect with each other and learn tangible skills to better their lives and careers. Join us as a champion of sisterhood and help us take Bonded to the next level and magnify our impact in the Midlands.

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Mary Dell Hayes/Kayce Singletary

The first step in preventing sexual abuse is parents being brave and informed to start a conversation with their child about healthy development, what is public and private, and staying protected. STSM envisions a parent opening up their home to host Kitchen Conversations for their friends, much like a Tupperware Party. A trained STSM education facilitator will guide age-appropriate discussion for parents to have with their children on a variety of topics. This funding will support the program pilot development and test implementation of 25 Kitchen Conversations with 10 parents.