Build entrepreneurial skills in workshops open to members of the Stanford community.

STVP Sparks are short-term, extracurricular “pop-up classes” on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Taught by Stanford lecturers or members of the local entrepreneurial community, each Spark consists of one evening session. This makes Sparks an excellent way to expand your entrepreneurial mindset without adding course units.

Anyone with registration questions, including Stanford alumni, may email Lauren Crout.

Upcoming Winter 2018 Sparks

Monday, Jan. 22
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

How to Survive Your Startup’s Growth Spurt

with Laura Marino

Vice President for Product Management, MOVE Guides

Nine out of 10 startups fail. You can survive by avoiding the most common mistakes growing companies make as the number of customers and product complexity increase. Learn what steps to take to grow your company while still going full speed ahead. Stanford alumna Laura Marino will share lessons learned from leading product teams in young and established B2B companies during the challenging growth years.

Tuesday, Jan. 23
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Learn to Design and Build an Inclusive Culture

with Sonja Gittens-Ottley

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Asana

Discover the steps to take to ensure you hire the person who will add the most to your team's culture, as well as the ways to build an inclusive team from the start — and how to sustain it as your company scales. Sonja will explain — through studies and her own experiences — why it’s crucial to define your company’s culture before you get started, how diversity leads to better products, and how building a mindful environment results in sustained employee engagement.

Monday, Jan. 29
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

How to Shape Your Strategy For Customer Growth

with Erica Lockheimer

Head of Growth Engineering and Women in Tech, LinkedIn

Named one of the top engineers in the world by Business Insider, Erica Lockheimer will teach you essential strategies for improving products and deepening customer engagement. The Women in Tech initiative she heads at LinkedIn is an engineering-led effort that aims to empower women in technical roles to drive success for themselves, their careers and, ultimately, their company. Erica will help you understand how to create your strategic plan for growth.


STVP generously thanks Accel Partners for supporting the Sparks program, offering entrepreneurial skills and training to students and other members of the Stanford community.
Accel Partners