As Vanderbilt’s campus begins to transition from winter into spring, the Wond’ry is already alive and blooming. With over 11,000+ visitors since our Grand Opening and over 30+ workshops scheduled for the spring semester alone, the Wond’ry is an exciting place that is always buzzing with activity. This month, I am honored and humbled to announce that the Wond’ry has been awarded a prestigious $30,000 grant from the VentureWell Foundation, one of the preeminent and leading non-profit organizations supporting science and technology innovators.
Moreover, our Program Manager Deanna Meador and I have been asked to provide a presentation on The Importance of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centers at Universities at their annual conference in March! This should be a great opportunity to meet fellow University and Corporate Innovation Leaders while also helping further spread awareness on the innovative ways the Wond’ry is transforming university education.
For those who really want to roll up their sleeves and learn how to “make,” I am also proud to announce that our Makerspaces are now open for business. No matter if you’re an Expert or a Beginner, working on a class project or an individual endeavor, or simply just want to learn how to use a 3D printer or a power tool, our shop is for you. Just sign up for a safety certification course or come by the Wond’ry, and in no time you will be on your way to creating innovative prototypes and learning new skills.
From programs and workshops to speakers and mentors, the Wond’ry is rolling into spring with great momentum. We encourage you to come by our Center to explore, make, tinker, and create. We are here to serve you.
Evans Family Executive Director of the Wond’ry
Faculty Grant from VentureWell Awarded to Support New PostFlight Program:
Beginning next week, the Wond’ry will launch a new program designed to complement our popular PreFlight Program.
PostFlight is a 9 week course taught by the Wond’ry’s Mentors-in-Residence that provides a step-by-step guide for aspiring Vanderbilt entrepreneurs with a viable early stage idea to actually launch a venture. It is the perfect next step for graduates of PreFlight, entrepreneurs with a validated and market-ready product or technology, and/or those that would like to learn the nuts and bolts of starting a venture. Participants can choose to attend only specific sessions that are of interest to them or the entire 9 week program. For select participants that attend the entire 9 week program and submit a funding application, micro-grants of up to $2,900 will be available to support the creation of a pitch deck, technical consultants, continued prototyping, etc. Click here to apply online.
PostFlight will take place at the Wond’ry every Thursday from 5 to 6:15 pm between February 23rd and April 27th (no session during the week of Spring Break).
Visit VentureWell to learn more about this award.
A Full Schedule of Exciting Workshops
The Wond’ry staff and Director of Making want the Wond’ry Makerspaces to be accessible to everyone in the VU community (faculty, staff, and students) to be able to take their ideas from concept to prototype. In order to gain access to the Wond’ry Makerspaces, visit our website to sign up for the 1 hr safety seminar (offered Monday through Thursday) and then be sure to come back often to take advantage of a full array of interesting workshops we have lined up for this semester, including:
- Design Sketching
- Arduino Basics
- Fashionable Sewing Fundamentals
- Foam Core Modeling
- How to Make a Box
- Vacuum Forming, and much more
the Wond’ry Spotlight:
Meet Taneisha Gordon, Marketing Intern
I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. From selling blow pops and old Halloween candy to my 4th grade classmates and making $5 within an hour to starting a makeup and custom accessory business in undergrad and making $1500 within a week. I have always loved the feeling of selling something people want and love- plus making money was always nice too. I studied architecture at Tuskegee University and now I am here at Vanderbilt obtaining my MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. My end goal is to create a successful and innovative business that will help change the world. While at the Wond’ry, I contribute my skills, creativeness, and knowledge to continuously help build the program while at the same time building my skills in marketing and planning. I am excited to be a part of the Wond’ry and see how it expands and grows.
Highlights from Recent Events:
The Wond’ry hosted a class of high school juniors from the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt for a prototyping workshop on February 2nd.
On February 6th and 8th, the Wond’ry hosted a 2 part workshop exploring the emotional, psychological, and physical ups and downs of being an entrepreneur with Avi Spielman, Austin Dirks, and Ben Hindman (not pictured).
Hult Prize Update:
Three Vanderbilt teams are heading to Boston, Dubai, and London for the next round of competition. The Turner Family Center, @HultPrize, and the Wond’ry wish the teams all the best!
In the News:
–Innovating at the Wond’ry
–Vanderbilt’s Wond’ry receives grant to bolster entrepreneur education program
Our Pillar Programs:
In the Innovation Garage, an array of corporate and non-profit sponsors partner with Vanderbilt student and faculty teams on cutting-edge research and interdisciplinary projects. The goal of this program is to identify disruptive and innovative solutions that improve industry all while providing unique opportunities for students to build their skills via real-world problem solving.
For aspiring Vanderbilt entrepreneurs, the Wond’ry offers an 11 week Pre-Flight program that provides the foundational knowledge needed to successfully identify, assess, and ultimately launch a quality for profit or non-profit venture.
The Social Entrepreneurship Program is an important platform for students to work together to tackle important societal problems like affordable housing, transportation and health, which if successful can be adopted into full scale programs and potential partnerships with non-profit and government organizations.
From artist/music exhibits and speaker series to hackathons and business plan competitions, the Wond’ry hosts workshops, speakers and events that cater to an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.
Past Versions of News from the Wond’ry: