Founder Program

The Founder Program is a six month to year long support program for newly founded ventures and their founding team. Founders accepted into the program will work with dedicated mentors, in a fully furnished office space, our Launch Incubator Space, located in the Loews Office Tower at 2100 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN.

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About the Founder Program

Applications are open year-round, and selected teams are invited to join as space becomes available. Invited ventures are required to sign a participation agreement before move-in and provide proof of liability insurance. Resources are available to assist with obtaining the required insurance, if needed.

Launch Incubator Space

After the successful grand opening of Launch, the Wond’ry’s incubator space for startups, in 2022, the Wond’ry’s Founder program has continued to provide ventures with resources, connections, mentorship, and funding opportunities for entrepreneurs. With support and access to top-quality resources including mentorship, a dedicated workspace, opportunities to participate in investor events, invitations to start-up workshops and exclusive speaker series, Founder intends to prepare ventures to contribute to the growth and climate of the Nashville entrepreneurial ecosystem.

 

Highlights from Launch Grand Opening
Highlights from Launch Incubator Space Grand Opening

Current Ventures:

Affinity Entertainment

Affinity Entertainment

Affinity is an industry-leading entertainment management group with over 4 years of experience in the Nashville market. Affinity is a talented unit comprised of music lovers, musicians, and industry professionals. They are a family centered around this simple idea: Music Matters.

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Arms Cyber

Arms Cyber (Alumni Venture)

ARMS Cyber provides cybersecurity for the U.S. Department of Defense and large enterprises. Their proprietary technology offers moving target defense techniques to mitigate the damage from zero-day cyber attacks.

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Atmos

Atmos (Alumni Venture)

Atmos is a software solution that empowers ESG reporting, disclosure, and improvement at the corporate and board level. They work with Public Small Caps and Large Private companies to help them begin their ESG/Sustainability journey, maintain compliance with vendors, and develop strategies around their data.

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Augment Health

Augment Health

Augment Health is a medical technology company developing the first active bladder monitoring platform to support urologists in treating the 7 million neurogenic bladder patients in the US. The product will enable improved bladder health, treatment insights, and access to care.

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Baseline

Baseline

Baseline is a journaling and mood tracking platform designed to assist the user to better understand their brains and improve their mental health.

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Bloom

Bloom

Bloom Birth Control is a natural birth control app with similar efficacy to the birth control pill (99% efficacy with perfect use). Bloom’s proprietary algorithm also works to plan pregnancy (Bloom Conceive) and identify hormone imbalances (Bloom Balance), supporting women throughout their entire reproductive lifespan.

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CardioFlow Medical

CardioFlow Medical

CardioFlow is developing a temporary balloon catheter designed to optimize hemodynamics in patients admitted with acute decompensated heart failure. The device aims to improve patient symptoms, reduce hospital duration, and decrease hospital readmissions. Additionally, they are actively working on the development of software and a monitoring system for future clinical trials.  

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Diatech Diabetes

Diatech Diabetes

Diatech Diabetes is a medical device company addressing the need for infusion set failure detection with their SmartFusion™ system.

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Endoshunt

Endoshunt

EndoShunt is developing a life-saving traumatic hemorrhage control shunt which allows trauma surgeons to pause the clock on their patients bleeding out.

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Eupalinos Innovations

Eupalinos Innovations

Eupalinos Innovations is a medical device company specializing in bioengineering polymer-based materials for restoring blood flow. The company’s core technology is patented hydrogel that facilitates the rapid growth of new blood vessels after injection, with sufficient speed and concentration to prevent limb loss in critical ischemia models.

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Fathom

Fathom

Fathom is a blockchain-enabled startup that removes barriers to employment by making it easy to prove what you know and can do in the world of work.

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Finally Skincare

Finally Skincare (Alumni Venture)

Finally is developing a skin assessment platform that analyzes the molecular makeup of an individual’s skin to match them to ideal products and/or ingredients for their skin’s unique biochemical makeup.

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Happenstance

Happenstance

Happenstance is a contemporary bourbon brand that speaks to the modern consumer. Double-distilled and aged four years in New American Oak Barrels, the Founder’s Edition straight bourbon whiskey incorporates today’s most sought out flavors, including a complex combination of vanilla, hazelnut, toasted oak, honey, and toffee notes.

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Leddin Group

Leddin Group (Alumni Venture)

Leddin Group has developed the comprehensive Leadership Lab Learning System. At the heart of the Leadership Lab Learning System is the 5 Practices of Impactful Leaders course, popularized by Dr. Patrick Leddin’s book, The Five-Week Leadership Challenge, a Wall Street Journal best seller. 

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Radical Shoots

Radical Shoots

Radical Shoots provides high-quality, locally grown microgreens to the Nashville market including 50+ local restaurants. Radical Shoots is committed to advancing sustainable agricultural practices and increasing consistent access to local, nutritious foods in Middle Tennessee.

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resera

Resera

Resera is a social enterprise symbolic jewelry manufacturer and brand that employs survivors of domestic violence and homelessness to craft each piece. Their unique combination of mission and technology makes it possible to deliver powerful stories of impact and transformation customers want without compromising design and quality.  

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TuneHatch

TuneHatch

TuneHatch is a web-based platform that uses predictive analytics and streamlined processes to help independent venues and music artists book more profitable shows and help fans find the shows they’ll love.

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Zeno Power

Zeno Power (Alumni Venture)

Zeno Power is on a mission to provide clean, plug-and-play power anywhere in the universe. To do that, they are commercializing next-generation radioisotope power systems that convert the heat from recycled nuclear waste into a years-long supply of clean power.

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Venture Highlights

Venture Highlight

Vanderbilt-initiated startup Zeno Power receives $15M

Zeno Power, a startup initiated through the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, is one of 11 American companies to receive funding from NASA to develop technologies that could support long-term exploration on the Moon and in space for the benefit of all, according to a NASA release. Zeno Power is leading a team that will receive $15 million to develop a space-ready radioisotope Stirling generator that will be fueled by americium-241 for use during NASA’s Artemis missions.

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Venture Highlight

TuneHatch Inc. named among 2023 NEXT Award Finalists

The 2023 NEXT Awards, an annual ceremony that recognizes entrepreneurs who are transforming industries and strengthening the Middle Tennessee community and beyond. Presented by Amazon, the 2023 NEXT Awards will be hosted at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Monday, October 23. There will be three winners in each category– startup companies with revenue up to $1 million, market mover companies with annual revenue between $1 to $8 million, and market leaders with more than $8 million in annual revenue. TuneHatch Inc., have been nominated within the Sports, Music, and Entertainment Startup Category. 

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Venture Highlight

Fathom Partners with the Department of Labor and National Science Foundation

In a groundbreaking collaboration, Fathom aligns with the Department of Labor's Chief Evaluation Office (CEO), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to participate in the Analytics for Equity Initiative, addressing pressing questions on equity considerations in workplace safety and workers.
Led by the Co-founder and Director of Research, Julie Dunlap, Fathom's proposal centers on equity considerations for workplace safety and workers, particularly honing in on the skills necessary for the evolving technical science industries. The proposal aligns with the Department of Labor's Learning Agenda and Evidence-Building Plan for 2022-2026 to advance equity in training and employment programs. 
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