Accel Innovation Scholars

Preparing Stanford Engineering PhD students to bring breakthrough ideas to the world.

The Accel Innovation Scholars (AIS) program supports 12 Stanford Engineering PhD students in discovering the skills and possibilities of technology commercialization, opportunity evaluation and entrepreneurial leadership. This nine-month program complements the students’ research experiences with access to entrepreneurial leaders and innovative startups in Silicon Valley.

Current Cohort

Natalie Burkhard

Mechanical Engineering
Natalie Burkhard

Chen-Ming Chang

Applied Physics
Chen-Ming Chang

Jared Dunnmon

Mechanical Engineering
Jared Dunnmon

Michael Fischer

Computer Science
Michael Fischer

Saara Khan

Electrical Engineering
Saara Khan

Rinchu Mathew

Chemical Engineering
Rinchu Mathew

Liliana De La Paz

Chemical Engineering
Liliana De La Paz

Bethany Percha

Biomedical Informatics
Bethany Percha

Henning Roedel

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Henning Roedel

Nathan Volman

Electrical Engineering and Medicine
Nathan Volman

Joy Xiang

Bioengineering
Joy Xiang

Kai Zang

Electrical Engineering
Kai Zang

Year-At-A-Glance

Autumn

Participate in living case studies to build an understanding of technology startups, including concepts of marketing, strategy, finance and organizational behavior.

Winter

Work on real-world startup challenges by collaborating in teams with industry coaches to deliver cases at technology startups firms.

Spring

Deepen leadership skills through interactive discussions with entrepreneurial thought leaders and build a custom personal and professional development plan.

Program Info and Application

Accel Innovation Scholars delivers a comprehensive, deep-dive experience into the world of technology entrepreneurship for Stanford Engineering PhD students. Through workshops, team projects, case studies and field experiences, Scholars build the knowledge, skills and attitude to tackle entrepreneurial challenges and discover opportunities to leverage their research background.

To support professional development, Scholars are assigned faculty coaches, as well venture capital, corporate and AIS alumni mentors, to provide feedback and to offer different perspectives and access points to the Silicon Valley ecosystem. During the autumn, winter and spring quarters, the Scholars will meet for a two-hour session each week.

Scholars will also attend workshops and retreats during each quarter of the program. The program’s schedule should be considered when applying and scheduling vacations to avoid unnecessary absences. A prospective student’s research focus does not need to have obvious commercial applications to apply to AIS. Stanford alumni are not eligible to apply at this time.

AIS applications are accepted from current PhD students in the School of Engineering who:

  • have completed their qualifying examinations
  • are in good standing in their programs
  • are interested in exploring entrepreneurship

The application for the 2015 Accel Innovation Scholars is now closed.

Faculty

Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig

Fern Mandelbaum

Fern Mandelbaum

Alumni

Acknowledgements

STVP extends its deep appreciation to Accel Partners for supporting this program for Stanford Engineering students. Special thanks goes to Ping Li, Jim Swartz and Jim Breyer at Accel Partners.
Accel Partners STVP Stanford School of Engineering