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Stanford: Driving Entrepreneurship

Programs, Incubators, Accelerators, Funds and more catalyzing Entrepreneurship & Innovation locally and globally

Stanford as built a legacy of entrepreneurship that is deeply woven into the fabric of the community. This ecosystem of innovation transcends every aspect of day-to-day life on The Farm. Start-up ideas can be found everywhere from dorm hallways to the manicured lawns of the Business School.

Ben Penchas, Stanford Daily

Stanford School of Engineering

Stanford Technology Venture Partners (STVP)

The Entrepreneurship Center at Stanford Engineering in the Department of Management Science & Engineering

SEN: Stanford Entrepreneurship Network

The Stanford Entrepreneurship Network is a federation of university programs and student groups offering opportunities for the Stanford community to learn and explore various aspects of entrepreneurship. Member organizations collaborate on events, and meet often to discuss and share new initiatives.

STVP Sparks are workshops on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Led by Stanford alumni, industry leaders and academic experts, Sparks workshops offer a path to expanding your entrepreneurial mindset and professional network.

EPICENTER National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation: The Epicenter’s mission is to empower U.S. undergraduate engineering students to bring their ideas to life for the benefit of our economy and society. The Epicenter is funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by STVP and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA). Epicenter offers entrepreneurship and innovation programs for engineering faculty and students; partners with leaders in academia and government to build a national entrepreneurship agenda in engineering education; conducts research on higher education models; hosts online classes and resources; and forms communities around entrepreneurship in engineering education. Visit the Epicenter site to learn more.

Epicenter Global Partnerships Working with leading universities to support entrepreneurship and innovation education development

School of Business

Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is building a dynamic global community of entrepreneurs and thought leaders who are changing the world

Stanford Venture Studio

The Stanford Venture Studio is an entrepreneurship hub for graduate students exploring new venture ideas. It connects students to resources, entrepreneurial expertise, and an interdisciplinary community of like-minded peers and alumni.

Startup Garage

Startup Garage is an intensive, hands-on, project-based course in which student teams design and test new business concepts that address real-world needs

SEED Transformation Program: Gain​​ ​​leadership training​ and networking ​support through this comprehensive program ​for established entrepreneurs in Africa and India. Bring Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurship to your company? What management skills, tools and mindsets are required to grow and scale? How can the success of your business help to lead your region to greater prosperity?

12 month program offered in four regions:

  • East Africa
  • India
  • Southern Africa
  • West Africa

Stanford Ignite: Certificate program that provides the business fundamentals to succeed at any entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial venture.

Stanford Affiliated


Non-profit accelerator for Stanford-affiliated start-ups. In batches of 30 to 40, accepted companies take part in a three-month program that features guest speakers, networking events and workshops. StartX culminates in a demo day where founders present to venture capitalists, press and members of the Stanford community.

In addition to the professional network, StartX founders have the ability to pursue funding from the Stanford-StartX Fund. StartX companies that successfully raise more than $500,000, with at least 30 percent of that money from professional investors, are given the opportunity to raise up to 10 percent of their capital from the StartX Fund. This fact sets the StartX Fund apart from traditional venture capital funds

Student Run

Cardinal Ventures

The only startup accelerator run exclusively by and for Stanford students. The only equity-free student-run accelerator at Stanford. Being a student is an asset, not a liability.

Cardinal Ventures is community first. ” Founding companies is not a one-person show – it takes a village to launch something great. That’s why we work tirelessly to form bonds, share information, and drive collaborative innovation across the CV cohort. The Stanford community has changed all of our lives. We take every chance we can to reinvest in the community and grow its reach.”

Stanford Alumni Association

Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs

Founded in 2010 by Stanford University alumni and venture capitalists Miriam Rivera and Clint Korver, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs (SA&E) is a Stanford Alumni Association group that seeks to strengthen Stanford’s startup community by fostering relationships among entrepreneurs and alumni investors. Our community approach to the investment process creates diverse opportunities for education, professional development, advising / mentoring, and growing one’s business and investment portfolio. SA&E has helped fund over 20 startups to date, greatly impacting the Silicon Valley landscape.

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