Sullivan Family Endows Ideator Program at the Wond’ry
Eric Sullivan, CEO of Quantum Technology, and his wife, Teri Steele, made a gift in 2022 to endow Ideator, a highly rated program at Vanderbilt designed to help faculty, students and staff members from Nashville-area colleges and universities evaluate promising ideas. The newly named Sullivan Family Ideator Program at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, takes an evidence-based approach to evaluating and testing ideas for further development.
“Every great invention or business starts with an idea. The Sullivan Family Ideator Program exists to help Vanderbilt innovators take those first difficult steps of moving from concept to reality,” said David A. Owens, the Evans Family Executive Director of the Wond’ry. “Ideator has emerged as one of our flagship programs, and we are grateful for Eric Sullivan’s enthusiasm, expert guidance and generous support as we set even higher goals for our internationally recognized innovation center.”
The Sullivan Family Ideator Program is a free, noncredit two-part program, and participants typically have not yet formed a formal entity. They are at the earliest stages of developing and evaluating a new idea, product, process or service focused on a specific business, social or technological need they have identified.