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Curriculum and Timeline

Year 1

Summer (0.5): Introduction, gain technology familiarity w/ inventor(s), IP policy review, licensing basics, market research practice

  • Form Advisory Board/Mentorship committee: BRET ASPIRE, commercialization (CTTC), innovation and business development (Wond’ry), technical expertise (faculty inventor)
  • CTTC internship, full time
  • Attend lab meetings, observe technology in lab setting
  • Self-paced participation in Kauffman FastTrac Program ( free, online business planning program

Fall (1): Market research, initial customer discovery

Spring (2): Planning and implementing

Year 2
Summer (2.5): Bridge the gap

  • Formation of company; license technology
  • LaunchTN microgrant submission (foundation for SBIR grant and $5000 to help with SBIR grant writing and submission for fall deadline)

Fall (3): Gain momentum

  • Apply for SBIR/STTR (NIH- Sept 5 deadline, award date in March)
  • Wond’ry Founder Program (
  • Complete online course(s): (free and self-paced)
    • Financing for Startup Businesses, Duke University via Coursera: capitalization tables, financing strategies, funding ventures- especially in the digital space.
    • Finance for Startups, KAIST via Coursera: understanding balance sheets, income statements and cash flow, company valuation and obtaining funding
    • Technology Entrepreneurship: Lab to Market, Harvard University via edX: systematic innovation, new use scenarios, business and operating models, determining readiness and market fit, financing the venture.
  • Develop business plan and financial model

Spring (4): Full steam ahead

  • Wond’ry Founder Program (
  • Pitch
    • At competitions (e.g., 36|86, Life Science TN Venture Forum)
    • To investors
  • SBIR/STTR funding announced in March, revised submission possible for April 5 deadline
  • Applications for next steps
    • Accelerators/Incubators
    • Other commercialization grants

Other Considerations:

  • Corporate formation and document execution
    • Technology will be held by an internal agreement until company is formed
    • Technology will be licensed to company once formed
    • Indicators of success
      • Executed CDA
      • Successful submission of LaunchTN microgrant (
      • Successful submission of SBIR/STTR application
      • Pitching to investors to raise visibility, gain feedback, and potentially secure funding
    • Deliverables
      • Market research and customer discovery presentation (1)
      • Pitch Deck (2)
      • Business Plan & Financial Model (3)
      • Completed applications and/or secured funding (3-4)