Frequently Asked Questions

What is STVP?

STVP is the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, the entrepreneurship center in Stanford’s School of Engineering, hosted in the Department of Management Science & Engineering. We are a lab that creates and delivers courses, performs scholarly research on technology-based firms, and develops tools and programs to accelerate entrepreneurship education at Stanford and around the world.

But you’re the entrepreneurship center. You create startups, right?

Brace yourself, but STVP believes entrepreneurship is about more than startups. In fact, we are solely an academic unit that helps students build entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and attitudes. Doing so allows a student to fully leverage their education, in any discipline, to discover breakthrough ideas and create maximum value for the world. Plus, other Stanford-affiliated groups do an incredible job of technology licensing, accelerating startups or supporting entrepreneurship, so we focus on education and research. We all play a part in this diverse ecosystem.

I’m a Stanford student. What does STVP have for me?

Congrats on getting in, and welcome to The Farm! Here are a couple of things we suggest:

I’m a faculty member interested in entrepreneurship education. What does STVP have for me?

STVP has a number of offerings for US and international faculty:

Does STVP offer degrees or certificates?

No, we do not offer degrees or certificates. PhD students affiliated with STVP receive degrees from the Department of Management Science & Engineering. If you’re interested in a certificate, we highly recommend the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate, offered by our friends at the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

How can individuals, companies or organizations support STVP?

STVP is sincerely grateful to our many past and present sponsors who help us advance entrepreneurship education. If you’re a member of the Silicon Valley community interested in mentoring students, please contact Anaïs Saint-Jude, our student engagement manager. Companies and organizations interested in a deeper relationship to support our work, and the larger Stanford entrepreneurial community, are welcome to contact Matt Harvey, our managing director.

Do you offer seed or venture funding to students or the public?

No, we do not offer funding of any kind.

Can my group get a tour or talk from STVP?

STVP does not currently have the capacity to receive or present to tour groups. If you are visiting Stanford, we invite you take a campus tour, or to attend an upcoming session of the DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series.

Can STVP help me connect with Stanford students to work at my startup?

No, as an academic unit at Stanford, STVP is unable to serve as a recruiting or marketing conduit between students and outside organizations. You are welcome to reach out to student groups directly regarding these issues.

May I pitch my business idea to someone at STVP to get feedback?

STVP faculty and staff do not accept pitches or provide feedback on proposed products or business plans.