Builder Program

The virtual Builder Program at the Wond’ry helps university-affiliated innovators (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) with validated early-stage ideas. Builder is the perfect next step for graduates of the Sullivan Family Ideator Program and those wanting to learn how to launch a venture or pursue licensing.

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Program Information

  • Requirements

    If you did not complete the Wond’ry’s Ideator Program, you must submit a log of customer interviews completed, insights gathered, and a document that lists your value proposition and initial customer segment.

    If you did participate in the Wond’ry’s Ideator Program, but did not achieve problem-solution fit by the end of that program, you will submit the same information listed above to show how you were able to find a value proposition for a defined customer segment through additional evidence gathered after Ideator concluded.

    Participants are required to attend all sessions of Builder if they want a chance to pitch for microgrant funding. Further expectations include: 

    Attend all live sessions
    At least 20 customer discovery interviews

    Weekly mentor meetings

    At least 1 office hour

    All content and discussions

  • Pitch Day

    There are seven sessions, not including Pitch Day.

    At the end of the program, a pitch day will be held and participants will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a group of high caliber judges composed of business leaders, investors, and accomplished entrepreneurs.

    Microgrants will be provided for a number of teams that excel in the Builder Program.

  • Dates and Times

    All sessions for both the Fall and Spring cohorts will be held virtually via Zoom from 2pm-3pm CT.

    Spring 2024 Cohort | Saturdays 2pm-3pm CT
    Feb. 03 | Kickoff
    Feb. 10 | IP and MVP Development
    Feb. 17 | Organizational Design and Entity Formation
    Feb. 24 | Customer Relationships and Channels, Sales/Marketing
    Mar. 02 | Key Activities, Key Partners, and Key Resources
    Mar. 16 | Creating a Financial Model, Cost Structures, and Funding a Venture
    Mar. 23 | Pitching, BMC, and Business Plan
    Mar. 30 | Pitch Day

  • Learn More

    To inquire about any program, book an appointment with one of our entrepreneurship team here.

Microgrant Awardees

A limited number of microgrants are awarded to participants displaying a high level of commitment to pursuing their idea and having sufficient, supportive evidence of its merit.

Program Support

Support for the creation of this program was provided via a Faculty Grant from VentureWell.