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“Smart” prosthetic ankle takes fear out of rough terrain, stairs

Jun. 28, 2018—It’s virtually impossible to know Mike Sasser’s left leg is a prosthetic one – after a decade of practice, he moves surely and swiftly through his busy days as a consultant and father. But when Sasser encounters uneven ground or a flight of stairs, he focuses very hard on balance, because that’s when using a...

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Entrepreneurial brothers open music-industry access through Wond’ry advising

Jun. 15, 2018—Budding music-industry entrepreneurs at the Wond’ry are getting advice from two brothers whose diverse skill sets mesh together ideally for the business they launched.

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The Best-Kept Secret in Nashville: Its Thriving Tech Scene

Jun. 7, 2018—The creative class clusters in East Nashville, where WeWork and Launch Pad recently planted stakes. The Idea Hatchery incubates niche retailers; and a former church is now home to digital agency SnapShot Interactive. Local tech darling Emma, recently acquired by Insight Venture Partners, was an early tenant in two of the six revamped red-brick trolley...

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Filling the tech job pipeline

May. 31, 2018—At both Lipscomb and Vanderbilt’s The Wond’ry, the university’s innovation center that opened in 2016, students can engage with industry professionals during regular office hours. More than two dozen Mentors in Residence hold open office hours at The Wond’ry so that students can forge meaningful connections with industry leaders and receive one-on-one personalized guidance. It’s...

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Robert Grajewski says “exciting things happening” at the Wond’ry

May. 16, 2018—By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “There are some really exciting things happening here,” Robert Grajewski, Executive Director of the Wond’ry at Vanderbilt University, says. Roughly two years into his tenure, the Co-Founder of several start-ups and former venture capitalist described the facility and its programming as “the sandbox for all disciplines” at the...

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FROM CYCLIST TO ENTREPRENEUR

May. 9, 2018—Sinead Miller looks every inch a star with her long blonde hair, confident posture and the dress. But she is so much more than a pretty face. She is one of the new faces of the emerging ‘entrepreneur generation’ of Nashville in Tennessee state, US. At 27, Miller is creating waves with her new venture...

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Technology: Using Virtual Reality to Treat Addiction

May. 9, 2018—Noah Robinson, a psychology researcher and Ph.D. candidate at Vanderbilt University—and former gaming addict—has reimagined the use of VR for treatment for addiction, moving outside the use of cue reactivity. While much of VR therapy is intended to be used in a clinical environment and with the participation and guidance of a therapist, Robinson hopes...

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Class of 2018: Joshua Forges creates art that reflects his life

May. 9, 2018—Early in his Vanderbilt career, Forges served as president of the Kefi Collective, a student organization dedicated to the creation of public art on campus. Looking for more opportunities to collaborate across disciplines, he got involved with Innovation Garage—a partnership between the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s center for innovation and entrepreneurship, and Accenture PLC, a global management consulting firm. The...

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Be more like the Nashville Predators: Three winning strategies

May. 8, 2018—Let the Predators serve as your innovation muses With the recent rise and success of NHL’s Nashville Predators – the “Preds,” as we call them — Nashville has transformed into a true “hockey town” and being rated one of the best in the league to watch a game. How did this transformation happen? How did...

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Putting innovation education over entrepreneurship broadens impact

Apr. 30, 2018—Putting innovation education over entrepreneurship broadens impact In this blog and at the Wond’ry, we talk a lot about entrepreneurship. In principle, we take an educational approach that includes entrepreneurship but goes far beyond readying students to launch their own businesses. The model we use is innovation education. University students simply may not be at...

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