DFJ Entrepreneurial Leaders Fellowship

The application for the 2016-17 DFJ Entrepreneurial Leaders Fellowship is now open.
Apply by Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Learn more and apply now.

A unique entrepreneurship education experience designed for Stanford Engineering master’s and co-term students.

The DFJ Entrepreneurial Leaders Fellowship is a one-of-a-kind program crafted specifically for students interested in leading entrepreneurial ventures during their careers. Over a six-month period, the DFJ Fellowship cohort participates in courses, workshops and dedicated professional development opportunities.

Current Cohort

Tania Abedian

Management Science & Engineering
Tania Abedian

Carolyn Au

Computer Science - Human-Computer Interaction
Carolyn Au - DFJ Entrepreneurial Leaders

Antonio Cerruto

Mechanical Engineering – Mechatronics
Antonio Cerruto

Kimberly Chang

Management Science & Engineering
Kimberly Chang

Tess Hatch

Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering
Tess Hatch

Hassan Karaouni

Computer Science
Hassan Karaouni

Cody Karutz

Symbolic Systems
Cody Karutz

Abisola Kusimo

Mechanical Engineering - Design Methodology
Abisola Kusimo

Swaril Mathur

Bioengineering
Swaril Mathur

Lucio Mondavi

Mechanical Engineering – Mechatronics
Lucio Mondavi

Grant Ognibene

Management Science & Engineering
Grant Ognibene

Peter Wang

Chemical Engineering
Peter Wang

Year-At-A-Glance

Winter

MS&E 472 + MS&E 178
Participate in exclusive evening events with Silicon Valley leaders, and enroll in the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar and The Spirit of Entrepreneurship.

Spring

MS&E 472 + Professional Development
Engage in weekly, student-led seminars to explore entrepreneurship topics, and develop a strategy for achieving professional goals with mentors and the teaching team.

Program Info and Application

The DFJ Entrepreneurial Leaders Fellowship offers a targeted six-month experience for Stanford Engineering master’s and co-term students interested in leading entrepreneurial ventures in their careers. While building on elements of our other successful programs for students, STVP created the DFJ Fellowship to serve the specific needs of master’s students, who often have previous career experiences, and who have a limited amount of time to pursue entrepreneurship activity while studying at Stanford.
Using a dynamic blend of workshops, courses, mentorship, and field experiences, the DFJ Fellowship aims to provide the optimal amount of structured experiences, while leaving room for the individual student to explore topics of interest most vital to their own career interests and trajectory. Enrollment is limited to 12 Stanford Engineering master’s students. The application period is open during September and October. The deadline to apply through the link below is November 2.

Please email Anaïs Saint-Jude with any questions about applying to the DFJ Entrepreneurial Leaders Fellowship.

Application deadline is Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

Information sessions will be held on the following dates at the STVP office in Huang Engineering Center, Suite 004:

Thursday, Oct. 13, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5:00 − 6:00 p.m.

Alumni

Faculty

Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig

Heidi Roizen

Heidi Roizen

Employer Info and Application

DFJ Entrepreneurial Leaders Fellows take paid internships with innovative early-stage companies during the summer session, allowing each Fellow to demonstrate his or her innovation, analytic and design skills on high-impact projects. As part of the internship experience, we require each Fellow to be assigned a senior-level mentor within the company (such as a CEO, VP, or founder). Although another employee may supervise a Fellow, it is critical that each Fellow have a senior internal sponsor concerned with his or her welfare, and who is willing to meet one on one with the student to check progress and goals. Participating companies pay Fellows during the summer internship for three months of work. The exact amount is negotiated directly with the Fellow. Participating companies also participate in fellowship-sponsored activities during the program. For example, each company may host a summer open house for the other Fellows in the cohort.
In all aspects of these activities, STVP protects the intellectual property of companies in a professional manner. Our mission is to expose Stanford students to the reality of the entrepreneurial process in a variety of high-technology ventures, not to put participating companies at risk. In order to qualify, your company must:
  • be located in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • be in a high-potential, growth-oriented business
  • be at an early growth stage (either pre-IPO or public in past three years)
  • have fewer than 250 employees and revenue < $100 million/year
Interested companies may apply by completing the short online application. Companies that sign up to be employers in the program are not guaranteed to have their offers of employment accepted by a Fellow.

Acknowledgements

STVP offers sincere appreciation to DFJ for supporting this opportunity for Stanford Engineering students. Special thanks goes to Tim Draper, John Fisher, Steve Jurvetson and Andreas Stavropoulos at DFJ.
Draper Fisher Jurvetson
STVP
Stanford School of Engineering