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Vanderbilt launches new incubator to support local start-up founders

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 13th, 2022

Vanderbilt University has launched a new incubator for start-ups affiliated with local universities.

Housed in Vanderbilt’s innovation center The Wond’ry, the Launch incubator will provide office space and other crucial resources to pre-seed and seed-stage start-up founders in a range of fields, from health care to the arts. 

“Launch extends our capability in providing the kind of wraparound support critical to growing early-stage ventures, whether they are working on tech, deep-tech or projects in social innovation,” said David Owens, executive director of The Wond’ry. “As the university continues to take bold steps forward to support the community of doers shaping our world for the better, we are thrilled to be a part of that effort.” 

Launch will also host the university’s Founder program, which connects local entrepreneurs to investors as well as experienced entrepreneurs and innovators from the mentorship program at The Wond’ry.

“Founder is a rich pool of talented and able leaders with big ideas. We want to harness that collective energy and will do so within Launch,” said Stryker Warren, associate director of venture development at The Wond’ry. “This is the start of a very exciting journey for us and for these teams.”

Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier comments, “Beginning new ventures is never simple, and the problems facing our world are increasingly complex. But our city is undeniably on the rise — and at Vanderbilt, we believe that by investing in ideas born here, we can advance innovations that will move society continuously forward.”

Source: Vanderbilt Research News

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