Executive Director Blogs

NSF I-Corps Program- Is your STEM idea commercially viable?

Find out in less than two months whether your research is commercially viable. You may have already seen something about the first Vanderbilt team to complete the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps since the university became a designated site last year....

Be more like the Nashville Predators: Three winning strategies

Executive Director Spotlight 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...

Putting innovation education over entrepreneurship broadens impact

Executive Director Spotlight 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...

40 under 40

Executive Director 40 Under 40 list highlights diverse experiences, influx of perspectives It was incredible honor to be selected to Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list, and I’m humbled to be included among some of this city’s brightest luminaries – change...

The Importance of SXSW and now my responsibility

Executive Director Spotlight This past week, I had the honor to present at SXSW in Austin, Texas. For those who don’t know South by Southwest — or its cool acronym SXSW — it’s one of the top innovation and entrepreneurial conferences in the world, often drawing more...

Think you’ve got a great idea? Stop talking, start listening

Executive Director Blog One of the biggest challenges for first-time entrepreneurs is falling too much in love with their ideas. You’ve spent so many sleepless nights with it, so many fascinated days, watched it grow – and now it’s your baby. That’s understandable,...

Familiar refrain in Nashville is collaborate, don’t compete

Robert Grajewski is the center’s executive director. He described himself as a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist who has worked in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The Wond’ry opened in November 2016. Grajewski reports directly to Vanderbilt’s provost and...

Five gifts that show the entrepreneur in your life you care

Executive Director Spotlight Can you believe it’s already time to start racking our brains about what gifts to give our friends, families and colleagues for the holiday season? That choice may be particularly hard to make with the budding entrepreneurs we know and...