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.

Upcoming Spring 2017 Sparks

Sci-Fi: The Force Behind Innovation

with Phil Libin, Managing Director, General Catalyst, and Co-founder, Evernote; and Katherine Boyle, Senior Associate, General Catalyst
May 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dune. Snow Crash. Star Trek. Science fiction has long pushed innovators to think deeply about the world they want to create. For many entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, a youth immersed in sci-fi literature and films helped to shape their views of how technology could change the world. In this Spark, Phil Libin, Katherine Boyle and some surprise guests will share how science fiction impacted their world views – and even the founding and scaling of their companies. Know nothing about the genre? That's great! For the sci-fi novice, they'll give an overview of the "Sci-fi Canon" and a reference guide for how to talk to tech nerds through the shared language of science fiction.

Food will be served, and space is limited. Please arrive early to reserve your seat.


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