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Wond’ry Innovation Consulting Program

The Wond’ry Innovation Consulting Program is a venture-focused initiative for graduate students interested in strategy and management consulting. Student consultants combine subject matter expertise and business skills to develop solutions for corporate, startup, and academic clients.  Program clients come from a wide variety of industry sectors, such as healthcare, consumer technology, and media.

The Wond’ry Innovation Consulting Program is open to all Vanderbilt graduate students who are interested in consulting and business development. Prior experience in consulting is not necessary. All students who are selected to be part of the program will receive training in consulting principles and have access to resources to facilitate client projects.

Consulting skills that will be developed in the program include:

  • Technology optimization
  • Market research
  • Competitor analysis
  • Vendor selection
  • Business plan development
  • Valuation and investor relations
  • Strategy selection and refinement
  • Pitching and presentation skills

Applications for the Wond’ry Innovation Consulting Program open on a rolling basis, depending on client need.

Program details

Selected student consultants will be grouped into teams of 4-5. Teams will be led by a project leader with relevant experience to the client. Teams will work with clients for a 4-week 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 average 20-25 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.

Program leadership:

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.

Wond’ry Innovation Consulting Program Student Leadership Fall 2020

Austin Triana, MD-MBA candidate



Shwetha Narasimhan, PhD candidate 



Kaustav Shah, MD candidate



Sean Berkowitz, MD-MBA candidate