For more than half a century, Stanford University has incubated ideas, educated entrepreneurs and fostered breakthrough technologies that have been instrumental in the rise and constant regeneration of Silicon Valley and have contributed to the broader global economy. A 2012 study estimated that companies formed by Stanford entrepreneurs generate world revenues of $2.7 trillion annually and have created 5.4 million jobs since the 1930s. Stanford alumni and faculty have created 39,900 companies since the 1930s, which, if gathered collectively into an independent nation, would constitute the world’s 10th largest economy.

Stanford Technology Ventures Program

As the entrepreneurship center in Stanford’s School of Engineering, the Stanford Technology Ventures Program delivers courses and extracurricular programs to Stanford students, creates scholarly research on high-impact technology ventures, and produces a large and growing collection of online content and experiences for people around the world.

Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business believes entrepreneurship in the hands of innovators can drive regional economic growth. GSB’s global, on-campus, and online programs enable high-potential individuals to commercialize their business ideas, and give established entrepreneurs the tools to take their ventures to the next level.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016

GES 2016, to be held at Stanford June 22-24, aims to showcase inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world creating new opportunities for investment, partnership, and collaboration; connect American entrepreneurs and investors with international counterparts to form lasting relationships; and highlight entrepreneurship as means to address some of the most intractable global challenges.

Read about entrepreneurship at Stanford

Small modular reactors produce high levels of nuclear waste

Small modular reactors, long touted as the future of nuclear energy, will actually generate more radioactive waste than conventional nuclear power plants, according to research from Stanford and the University of British Columbia.

Wearable tech expedites eye surgeries in Ghana

A group of Stanford students from Design for Extreme Affordability are transforming patient data collection and analysis for a nonprofit that performs vision-restoring surgeries for people with cataract-induced blindness.

Students turn class projects into cleantech startups

The Stanford Energy Ventures course helps passionate entrepreneurs develop novel energy solutions and has launched almost 20 startups worth more than $30 million over the past three years.

Stuart Macmillan, long-time Stanford teacher, dies at 68

Stuart Macmillan contributed to technologies at Sun Microsystems and was a chief scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. At Stanford, he co-taught a year-round course on clean energy entrepreneurship.

Startup success secrets

Many startups fail in the early stages. The reason? Often it’s people problems.

Data-driven content and the power of storytelling

A VP of data science and analytics discusses her career trajectory and experiences at Netflix.

Lessons learned for future cleantech investments

The boom and bust in clean energy investments starting in 2008 produced some lessons to guide future government policy and investment strategies for the next cycle of investment in a sustainable energy future.

Engineering design course reaches its 50th year

Over the last half-century, students in the ME310 course have produced hundreds of prototypes for cameras, makeup, cars and much more. Combined with international teams, they design and develop new products while learning from reality.

Coulter grants move healthcare innovation to patients

Every healthcare innovation helping patients today started as no more than a dream and a clever prototype. Now, a new round of ideas is getting a jump start on the path to reality from a grant program intended to accelerate healthcare solutions.

How Sal Khan launched a revolution in online learning

In this episode of School’s In, the founder of the Khan Academy talks about his journey from family tutor to educational entrepreneur.

Innovation Transfer Program helps students make sustainable energy ideas a reality

Sustainable energy ideas get a start with the TomKat Center Innovation Transfer Program, which helps student teams turn their concepts and designs into commercial products.

How startup culture can thrive in developing worlds

A Mexico City venture capitalist discusses what it takes to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Hospital simulations inspire student innovators

Students in a Biodesign Innovation class got a first-hand look at challenges in health care with intense – and inspiring – hospital simulations. These students took what they learned in the simulations and applied it to new technology solutions.

10 steps to perfect your startup pitch

Startup guru Guy Kawasaki explains why asking investors for money is like online dating.

Stanford’s first health++ Hackathon brings health care innovators together

Students, health care professionals and entrepreneurs team up at the inaugural health++ Hackathon to create new technologies and lasting collaborations.

How do we ensure that humanity flourishes in the cities of the future?

Researchers explore how smart technologies and big-data analytics will transform our urban environments.

Pushing past the naysayers

When the cofounder of a ride service for kids kept hearing no, she channeled her unbreakable grandma.

Entrepreneurship can be learned

Business classes are not a prerequisite for entrepreneurship, but some of the most storied startup founders say they benefited from academic courses and experiential learning opportunities.

Chinese entrepreneurs seek to please eager consumers

During the recent Global Entrepreneurship Summit held at Stanford, the Stanford Center for International Development convened a session on entrepreneurship in China. The event featured Jean Liu, president of Didi Chuxing, a ride sharing company often called “the Uber of China.”

Stanford undergrads develop new antibiotics for superbugs

An undergraduate entrepreneurship program run by Stanford ChEM-H is helping students design and test new drugs to combat the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Stanford entrepreneurship experts

Jesper B. Sørensen, professor of organizational behavior; director of Seed, the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies; faculty co-leader of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)

  • Specializes in organizational behavior
  • Regional expertise: Africa and developing economies

Thomas Byers, entrepreneurship professor of management science and engineering; faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program

  • Specializes in education regarding high-growth entrepreneurship and technology innovation

Hayagreeva “Huggy” Rao, professor of organizational behavior and human resources

  • Specializes in organizational behavior, scaling growing ventures, human resources
  • Regional expertise: India

Fern Mandelbaum, lecturer in management; teaches the MBA course Entrepreneurship from the Perspective of Women

  • Specializes in creating and growing technology-focused businesses primarily in the consumer internet, mobile, media and software

Jonathan Levav, associate professor of marketing; director of the Stanford Ignite-Santiago program

  • Specializes in consumer behavior and behavioral decision theory
  • Speaks Spanish

Kenji Kushida, research associate at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

  • Specializes in economics, business, information technology and entrepreneurship
  • Regional expertise: Japan

Tina Seelig, professor of the practice in management science and engineering; faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program

  • Specializes in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship

Arun Majumdar, professor of mechanical engineering; co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy

  • Specializes in thermoelectrics, thermochemical production of hydrogen from water, and transforming the electricity grid
  • Expertise in commercializing early-stage clean energy technologies
  • Regional expertise: India

Richard Dasher, consulting professor of electrical engineering and of East Asian languages and cultures; director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center; leads the seminar Entrepreneurship in Asian High-Tech Industries

  • Specializes in technology management, innovation systems and the impact of new technologies on industry structure and dynamics

Sally M. Benson, professor of energy resources engineering; co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy; director of the Global Climate & Energy Project

  • Specializes in carbon capture and sequestration, and in analysis of emerging energy technologies
  • Expertise in assessing energy challenges, opportunities and strategies for industrialized, emerging and developing economies

James Lattin, professor of marketing; director of the Stanford Ignite-Bangalore program

  • Specializes in consumer choice behavior
  • Regional expertise: India

Michael McFaul, professor of political science; director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

  • Specializes in diplomacy and foreign policy and its relationship to entrepreneurship to reducing international conflict

Grant Miller, associate professor of medicine; senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

  • Specializes in international development and health

Baba Shiv, professor of marketing; go•to•market program in entrepreneurship in Mexico

  • Specializes in neuroeconomics, with specific emphasis on the role of neural structures related to emotion and motivation in shaping decisions and experiences
  • Regional expertise: India

William Miller, professor of public and private management, emeritus; professor of computer science, emeritus; senior fellow emeritus, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

  • Specializes in entrepreneurial ecology, regions of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Regional expertise: Asia, especially Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Malaysia

Marshall Burke, assistant professor of Earth system science

  • Specializes in how changes in environmental conditions affect social and economic outcomes

Paul Yock, professor of bioengineering and of medicine, director of the Byers Center for Biodesign

  • Specializes in biomedical device innovation
  • Expertise in training young entrepreneurs

Yossi Feinberg, professor of economics at the Graduate School of Business; faculty director, Stanford Ignite

  • Specializes in economics, game theory and corporate innovation

Stefanos Zenios, professor of entrepreneurship; professor of operations, information and technology; director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

  • Specializes in innovation and health care

Amy Wilkinson, lecturer in management

  • Specializes in entrepreneurial skills, innovation and international business and trade
  • Regional expertise: Latin America

Joseph Piotroski, associate professor of accounting; director of the Stanford Ignite-Beijing program

  • Specializes in financial reporting issues
  • Regional expertise: China

Shai Bernstein, assistant professor of finance

  • Specializes in corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance and early stage investors

Hau Lee, professor of operations, information and technology

  • Specializes in the global supply chain and the entrepreneur
  • Regional expertise: China/Hong Kong

Lindred Greer, assistant professor of organizational behavior

  • Specializes in managing teams, team performance and entrepreneurship from a social psychology perspective

Sarah Soule,  professor of organizational behavior

  • Specializes in design-thinking and social innovation

Katherine Casey, assistant professor of political economy

  • Specializes in economic and political forces in developing countries
  • Regional expertise: Sub-Saharan Africa


Melanie Morten, assistant professor of economics

  • Specializes in how households respond to risk in developing countries and the effects of migration

Nicholas Bloom, professor of economics; co-director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the National Bureau of Economic Research

  • Specializes in measurement and management practices

Marcel Fafchamps, senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

  • Specializes in economic development, market institutions and entrepreneurship
  • Regional expertise: Africa, South Asia