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June 28, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Winter Innovations graduates from CDL’s “Health & Wellness” program

We learned in a recent social media post that a second start-up with ties to the Knoxville-Oak Ridge region just completed one of the “streams” operated by Creative Destruction Labs (CDL).

The nonprofit organization describes itself as delivering “an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed stage, science- and technology-based companies.” The streams – perhaps better described as sectors or focus areas – are agriculture, artificial intelligence, Blockchain, climate, commerce, compute, digital society, energy, FinTech, health, manufacturing, matter, neuro, oceans, prime, quantum, risk, space, supply chain, and Web3.

In a post on its LinkedIn site, Winter Innovations LLC announced that the start-up had officially completed the “CDL-Wisconsin Health & Wellness” program which is focused on enhancing well-being and improving resilience by helping technical teams bring their human health innovations to market. Participants attend up to five sessions between October and June to sharpen business objectives, prioritize time and resources, potentially raise capital, and engage with experts working on the frontiers of research.

“The CDL program is unique in that it focuses solely on individualized mentorship, which was perfect for our company at this stage of growth,” Co-Founders Lia Winter and Preston Dishner wrote. “When we started the CDL program, we had an FDA-cleared product and were just starting to think about our commercialization plan. With the help of the CDL mentors, we’ve been able to schedule our first surgeries with EasyWhipTM, earn initial revenue, and begin creating a strategy to scale sales efforts.”

Winter Innovations placed second in the second annual PYA-sponsored “Ballard Innovation Award” competition held earlier this year. And, as noted in this September 2020 article, Nth Cycle, a member of Cohort 2 of the “Innovation Crossroads” program managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, participated in CDL’s “Energy Stream” program

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