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.
The Founder Program and the Wond’ry do not take equity in the companies we support and there is currently no charge to participate in the program. Founder is open to faculty, students, staff, and alums of Nashville-area universities or colleges.
- Completed the Wond’ry’s Sullivan Family Ideator Program and/or the Builder Programs NSF I-Corps, or have clear evidence to show customer discovery has been undertaken.
- An official legal entity must have been established prior to applying.
- Ideal ventures can demonstrate evidence of product-market fit (have current paying customers or in-progress or completed pilots).
To inquire about any program, book an appointment with Kyle Caruso.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.