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Economic Development The New Ventures Team manages and supports activities related to economic development, specifically outreach and strategic initiatives within the middle Tennessee entrepreneurial, investment and startup communities. This is a focused effort to foster innovation and accelerate technology transfer in a manner consistent with Vanderbilt’s tradition of academic excellence, public service and commitment to society. Key initiatives include: • Organization of events, workshops and seminars that relate to and support entrepreneurship, including educational and entrepreneurial outreach within Vanderbilt community. • Alliances with local and regional groups supporting innovation and venture creation such as: The Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Life Science Tennessee, StartUp Tennessee, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, etc. • Strategic partnerships with members of the investment community such as: HNIs, Angels,VC’s, etc. • Collaboration with Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, Engineering School and Medical Center to establish cross-functional programs. • Consulting and internship opportunities for the Vanderbilt student community to get involved and stay engaged with the CTTC and New Ventures Team. New ventures working with CTTC benefit by our connection to groups in middle Tennessee and the state who focus on economic and community development. These relationships help new ventures to integrate with and into growing industry and technology segments of the regional economy. These relationships are important. Connecting Vanderbilt new ventures to this broader entrepreneurial ecosystem also assists in the growth of new and innovative segments of the economy. Often, a significant source of technology in specific areas (drug discovery, for example) is represented by invention at Vanderbilt. Creating relationships focused on economic and community development benefits the economy at large, as well as companies commercializing Vanderbilt technology.

Our objective is to help form a thriving ecosystem that works cooperatively and strategically with those interested in the development of new and innovative segments of the economy. We believe these efforts will drive future economic growth and diversification in the regional economy.

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CTTC New Ventures Process  

An indepth look at how CTTC's New Ventures Team helps Vanderbilt entrepreneurs and inventors navigate the entrepreneurial process.

CTTC New Ventures Process  

An indepth look at how CTTC's New Ventures Team helps Vanderbilt entrepreneurs and inventors navigate the entrepreneurial process.

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