The Stanford Entrepreneurship Network (SEN) is a working group of university programs and student groups offering opportunities for the Stanford community to learn and explore various aspects of entrepreneurship.
Stanford’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is rich and diverse, with deep ties to Silicon Valley and regions around the world. As such, our university’s entrepreneurial activity is decentralized, flourishing through the work of students, faculty, and staff engaged in events and initiatives for the Stanford community. We invite you to learn about our member organizations below.
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The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) assists innovative Stanford graduate students throughout their entrepreneurial journey. The CES connects students with resources, community, and world-renowned faculty expertise dedicated to demystifying and nurturing their entrepreneurial journey.
The Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business cultivates leaders to solve the world’s toughest social and environmental problems.
The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) bridges a critical gap in global efforts to address prosperity around the world by focusing on the private sector as the engine for sustainable growth. Our goal is to transform the lives of people in poverty — on a massive scale — through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the scaling of businesses.
At CodeX, researchers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and technologists work side by side to advance the frontier of legal technology, bringing new levels of legal efficiency, transparency, and access to legal systems around the world. CodeX‘s emphasis is on the research and development of computational law — the branch of legal informatics concerned with the automation and mechanization of legal analysis.
The Stanford Gendered Innovations Lab, founded by Prof. Londa Scheibinger is a pioneer in providing case studies on Gender Sex Intersectionality analysis for Innovations and Entrepreneurship. This is an NSF and EU funded initiative and has been supporting Silicon Valley founders with the power of gender, sex and intersectional analysis for their startups.
Stanford University has a variety of makerspaces spread throughout the campus, ranging from small rooms designed to support research to huge facilities that support scores of courses and thousands of students.
BEAM, Stanford Career Education serves the entire Stanford campus. At BEAM, connections are the heart of our model. By empowering connections, we create a culture of happenstance to help bridge students' education, ambition, and meaningful work. Connect with us to attend campus wide career fairs, host informational sessions, and post your open positions to the entire student community.
The d.school is a hub for innovators at Stanford. Students and faculty in engineering, medicine, business, law, the humanities, sciences, and education find their way here to take on the world’s messy problems together. Human values are at the heart of our collaborative approach. We focus on creating spectacularly transformative learning experiences. Along the way, our students develop a process for producing creative solutions to even the most complex challenges they tackle.
mediaX is the industrial affiliate program to the Human Science and Technologies Advanced Research Institute at Stanford University. Founded in 2002, mediaX connects businesses with Stanford University’s world renowned faculty to study new ways for people and technology to intersect. Insights from mediaX research have been widely applied to communication technologies in research, education, art, business, commerce, entertainment, communication and national security.
The Center studies the nature and development of the human life span, looking for innovative ways to use science and technology to solve the problems of people over 50 by improving the well-being of people of all ages.
The Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford (PIE) serves as the hub of a broad and deep network of experts from various science, technology, behavioral, and policy disciplines who are working independently and collaboratively to solve the world's most pressing energy problems.
The TomKat Center focuses on sustainable energy, transportation and the energy-water nexus. Sustainable energy-related projects with commercialization potential are awarded Energy Innovation Transfer Seed Grants through a competitive selection process. The grants allow researchers to bridge the gap between research support for basic science and private-sector and venture funding. The program will assist participants to develop prototypes, conduct customer trials and develop a more business-centric application of their concepts.
The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment is working toward a future in which societies meet people’s needs for water, food, health and other vital services while protecting and nurturing the planet. As the university’s hub of environment and sustainability research, the Stanford Woods Institute is the go-to place for Stanford faculty, researchers and students to collaborate on environmental research. Their interdisciplinary work crosses sectors and disciplines, advancing solutions to the most critical, complex environmental and sustainability challenges.
Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) promotes the transfer of Stanford technology for society’s use and benefit while generating unrestricted income to support research and education.
Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) is an award-winning magazine and website that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems. SSIR is written for and by social change leaders in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors who view collaboration as key to solving environmental, social, and economic justice issues. Published at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, SSIR bridges academic theory and practice with ideas about achieving social change. Its aim is both to inform and to inspire.
Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs seeks to strengthen Stanford’s startup community by fostering relationships among entrepreneurs and alumni investors. Our community approach creates diverse opportunities for education, professional development, advising and mentoring, and growing one’s business and investment portfolio.
Cardinal Ventures is an on-campus startup accelerator for Stanford student entrepreneurs. We graduate two classes of companies each year, and provide our founders with a small grant as well as access to recruiting, technical, and legal resources. Our founders are also able to take advantage of our incredible community of speakers and mentors, which includes top-tier investors, entrepreneurs, and operators. Each session culminates in a pitch day where companies present their ideas to potential investors.
StartX is an educational non-profit that accelerates the development of Stanford’s top entrepreneurs through experiential education and collective intelligence. Industry and stage-agnostic, StartX empowers entrepreneurs in all different sectors — IT, enterprise, medical, hardware, cleantech, legal, etc. — to build community and make greater impact. Our accelerator program is a life-long resource available to the top Stanford entrepreneurs providing over $100k in resources, elite mentorship, customized education, and access to the community of Stanford founders. StartX requires no fees and takes zero equity. In partnership with Stanford University, the Stanford-StartX fund offers funding to entrepreneurs raising capital from professional investors. Applications for founders and staff are open three times a year.
The mission of Emergence is to inspire, educate, and support Stanford students, researchers, and faculty in translating their work into impact in addressing the health of our society and the planet through purposeful entrepreneurship
Stanford IEEE is Stanford's student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). They're a group of electrical engineering and computer science students (undergrad and graduate) who want to have fun and meet new people, to learn about research and innovation in technology, to find themselves and their passions, to help the community, and to get inspired to change the world!
STVP, the Stanford Engineering Entrepreneurship Center, empowers aspiring entrepreneurs to become global citizens who create and scale responsible innovations. With a home in the Department of Management Science & Engineering, STVP delivers transformational experiences that equip aspiring entrepreneurs — from all backgrounds, disciplines, and areas of the world — with the ability to solve problems by harnessing engineering principles, ethical decision-making, and emerging technologies.
Biodesign trains students, fellows and faculty in the Biodesign Process: a systematic approach to needs finding and the invention and implementation of new biomedical technologies. Key components of the program include Innovation Fellowships; classes in medtech innovation; mentoring of students and faculty in technology transfer; career services for students interested in medtech careers; and community events. Biodesign also works to help accelerate the delivery of new technologies into patient care.
The School of Medicine Career Center provides critical support for the exploration of career options, development of professional skill sets, and connections to opportunities.
SPARK was created in 2007 to help academic researchers and clinicians develop new therapeutics and diagnostics to improve patient health. SPARK helps academics overcome the obstacles involved in moving research innovations from bench to bedside. SPARK educates faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students on the translational research process and path to clinic so that development of promising discoveries becomes second nature within our institution.
US-ATMC is an education and research center with a focus on practical perspectives in international technology management and an analysis of international research trends in selected areas of advanced electronics and information technology. Emphasis is on high-tech industries across Asia, and their impact on the U.S. science & technology community. Areas of research include technology transfer, new product development, IP management, global R&D, and the impact of new technologies on industry structure and emerging market growth.
The Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES) is at the heart of student entrepreneurship at Stanford University. As one of the most established student-run entrepreneurship organizations in the world, BASES promotes entrepreneurship education at Stanford University in order to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Stanford's first official student group focusing on the intersection of computer science and social impact. CS + Social Good empowers students to leverage technology for social good by inspiring action, facilitating collaboration and forging pathways toward change.
The goal of the GSB Entrepreneurship Club is to stimulate interest in entrepreneurialism among GSB students and other members of the Stanford community.
The Stanford Energy Club (SEC) is designed to be the central hub connecting the energy subcommunities at Stanford University. For a student searching for energy related events on campus, a local researcher looking for resources at Stanford, or an organization searching for a way to promote and publicize an event — their goal is for Stanford Energy Club to be the first place to turn to in order to locate and promote energy events and resources.
Since 1984 the Stanford Law and Technology Association (SLATA) has engaged the Stanford community with thought leaders at the intersections of law, policy, science, and technology.
Stanford Social Entrepreneurial Students’ Association, SENSA, aims to develop the social entrepreneurial ecosystem at Stanford by developing an understanding of social entrepreneurship on campus and encouraging the formation of for-profit and non-profit social ventures.
SHIFT is a student group at Stanford that empowers students to move healthcare forward. We aim to promote and cultivate health innovation on campus by creating a forum for developers, entrepreneurs, and pre-health students to collaborate. As a student initiative, we want to create an environment to equip students for the growing intersection of healthcare and technology.
The Stanford Student Space Initiative (Stanford SSI) is a student group dedicated to advancing the next age of space exploration through education, engineering projects and empowering Stanford Students to participate in the space revolution.
Stanford Women in Business (SWIB) addresses the issues preventing more women from pursuing business careers by: providing business resources, hosting educational events, and maintaining a strong network of professional women. SWIB strongly believes that establishing a long lasting community serving all women on the Stanford campus will naturally prepare them with skills for a successful career in any industry. Through mentorship, events, and networking opportunities with alumni, recruiters, and industry professionals, SWIB serves as the launching pad for the future leaders of the business world. SWIB is also a general business resource to the entire Stanford Community. Throughout the year, SWIB provides career workshops and industry panels for all Stanford students. As the group matures with age and leadership, the vision will remain the same, but the innovation, scope, and impact of Stanford Women in Business will only continue to grow.