Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) research aims to develop leading-edge research on entrepreneurship and innovation within technology-based companies. Faculty, Ph.D. students, visiting scholars, and our industrial and venture capital partners are committed to basic and applied research that enhances understanding of how new technology businesses (in both established and venture firms) form, survive and grow. The center also emphasizes communicating the related research findings in leading academic publications, teaching materials, and popular media, as well as training future professors of entrepreneurship.
STVP research is unique in its emphasis on combining theoretical ideas with field-based understanding of the "real-world" challenges of technology-based companies, all in the context of a leading engineering school and in the heart of Silicon Valley. The center's research projects focus on a wide-range of topics such as technological innovation, strategic interaction and competition, building networks of partners, internationalization of entrepreneurial firms, and venture financing. These projects rely on a variety of methods, including multiple case studies (a method for which faculty members at the center have been pioneers), large-scale statistical analysis, laboratory experiments, and most recently, simulation. In addition, the center focuses on a wide-variety of technologies, including particular emphasis on information/web-based technologies, medical devices, robotics, and "clean tech" energy.
STVP research hosts numerous research projects (including NSF and other sponsored research), frequent colloquia, visiting scholars, and the annual West Coast Research Symposium on Technology Entrepreneurship and the related Doctoral Workshop in conjunction with the entrepreneurship centers at U. of Washington, USC, U. of Oregon, UC Irvine, and the Kauffman Foundation.
The STVP center's faculty have received numerous awards including Sloan Industry Fellow, Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, and the Richard D. Irwin Award. Its very active PhD program is supported, in part, by fellowship awards from generous alumni. Its PhD graduates are on the faculty of leading research universities in the U.S. and abroad, and have senior executive roles in leading technology-based firms.