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Calling all Vanderbilt startups: Flash Pitch competition is Dec. 1

Nov. 7, 2016—Vanderbilt's Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization and the Wond’ry are hosting a Flash Pitch competition for students. Similar to the popular television show "Shark Tank," participants will have 90 seconds to present their winning ideas to a panel of investors and entrepreneurship experts.

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‘Pre-Flight’ course for startups offered to Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff

Sep. 28, 2016—Think you’ve got an idea that could become the next Facebook or Google, but you’re not sure how to get it off the ground? Turning ideas into action is the aim of a new, seven-week Pre-Flight course, developed by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and offered in partnership with Vanderbilt’s Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization (CTTC) and the Wond’ry.

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New director sees Innovation Center as both startup and catalyst for campus and city

Apr. 22, 2016—A startup veteran and investor whose ventures range from retail to manufacturing joined Vanderbilt University this spring as the inaugural executive director of the newly created Innovation Center. Robert Grajewski joined Vanderbilt as the Evans Family Executive Director of the Innovation Center on April 1. The Innovation Center, set to open late summer, will support a maker culture that encourages innovation and creativity and bolsters implementation of the four intersecting themes that make up the university’s Academic Strategic Plan.

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Successful entrepreneur and innovator chosen to lead new Innovation Center

Feb. 1, 2016—Startup veteran Robert Grajewski has been chosen as the inaugural executive director of the newly created Vanderbilt University Innovation Center.

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Doctoral student’s company provides researchers with ‘X-ray’ on cellular processes

Nov. 12, 2015—Researchers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries long have used cells as mini-factories to produce fuels, medication and other products. A new company out of Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, MetaMap BioWorks, seeks to open a window on those processes.

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Student entrepreneurial pitch competition to stream live on SEC Network Sept. 21

Sep. 17, 2015—The SEC Network will provide coverage of the 2015 SEC Symposium, highlighted by a live SEC Network+ stream of the student entrepreneurial pitch competition on Monday, Sept. 21.

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VU faculty to join SEC colleagues to discuss creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship

Apr. 27, 2015—Vanderbilt faculty will join colleagues from the other 13 Southeastern Conference universities for a symposium titled “Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Driving a 21st-Century Economy” Sept. 20-22 in Atlanta.

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SBIR Road Tour visits Vanderbilt March 25

Mar. 18, 2015—The SBIR Road Tour will make a stop at Vanderbilt University on Wednesday, March 25, to offer expert advice to innovators, entrepreneurs and small technology firms interested in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

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10 cool inventions from Vanderbilt’s CTTC

Jan. 14, 2015—From capsule robots to antibodies that could prevent and treat diseases like Ebola, Vanderbilt was the birthplace in 2014 of nearly 200 inventions with the potential to profoundly impact lives around the globe. Here are 10 of the coolest.

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Vanderbilt team builds miniature capsule robots, heads to NSF I-Corps

Jan. 13, 2015—Pietro Valdastri, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, and postdoctoral scholar Ekawahyu Susilo will begin Valdastri’s second run as principal investigator in the NSF I-Corps program as they explore the commercial potential of modular open-source architecture for building capsule robots.

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Engineering students’ invention may improve safety for women in India

Dec. 19, 2014—A diverse group of engineering undergrads horrified by a report of violent attacks on Indian women who were walking to toilet facilities came up with an alternative. Their project has the potential to change lives in nations where plumbing is considered a luxury.

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Video: What is technology transfer?

Oct. 17, 2014—The professionals at Vanderbilt's Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization are often asked, "What exactly is technology transfer?" A new video sums up what tech transfer does and why it matters.

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