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Wond’ry Innovation Consulting Program

The Wond’ry Innovation Consulting Program (WICP) is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary, consulting program led by Vanderbilt graduate students interested in strategy and management consulting. In this program, PhD, MD and MBA candidates across Vanderbilt combine subject matter expertise and business skills to develop solutions for corporate, startup, and academic clients. Our services include market/industry analysis, process improvement and operational strategy.

 

Program details

Selected student consultants work in teams of 4-5, led by an experienced project manager. Teams will work with clients for a 3-month project to assist in developing a key element of their venture, with an estimated time commitment of 5 hours/week total per consultant (1-hour weekly meetings, 4 hours working remotely). Clients get an average of 25 hours/week spent on their projects by the team. The team’s findings will be delivered in a group presentation to clients at the end of the project.

 

Participation

Clients:

We invite prospective clients to email us directly at wondry@vanderbilt.edu. Please include ‘WICP client’ in title. We welcome client applications on a rolling basis through the year.

Students:

We recruit students from the graduate, medical and business schools in the first month of each semester. Prior consulting and business management experience is a plus, but not required. New consultants will work with an experienced project manager during their initial semester. If you have any questions, please email us at wondry@vanderbilt.edu and include ‘WICP student enquiry’ in title.

 

Selected recent projects

Project 1:

A genomic analytics company partnered with us for a project focused on customer discovery and strategy optimization. Our team of PhD and MBA students worked to refine the customer targeting strategy as well as create a new revenue framework for the client following a global landscape analysis.

Project 2:

A primary care clinic in Nashville used our services to understand how telehealth could fit in their offerings. Our team of consultants from the Medical School worked over a semester to visualize, design and implement a custom workflow for the client.

Project 3:

An entrepreneur specializing in VR healthcare partnered with us to develop their commercialization strategy. Our team of MD and MBA students designed the go-to-market strategy and developed financial models for their product.

 

Wond’ry Innovation Consulting Program Student Leadership Fall 2020

Launched in spring 2020, this program is an interdisciplinary, student-led initiative between multiple departments:  Vanderbilt University Graduate School, Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and the Owen Graduate School of Management.  This program is housed at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center.

 

Austin Triana, MD-MBA candidate

(austin.j.triana@vanderbilt.edu)

 

Shwetha Narasimhan, PhD candidate 

(shwetha.narasimhan@vanderbilt.edu)

 

Kaustav Shah, MD candidate

(kaustav.p.shah@vanderbilt.edu)

 

Sean Berkowitz, MD-MBA candidate 

(sean.t.berkowitz@vanderbilt.edu)