About Us

STVP empowers aspiring entrepreneurs to become global citizens who create and scale responsible innovations


Our Vision

Imagine a future where every entrepreneur sees themself as a global citizen who acts in the interest of others. A future where responsible innovation practices are standard operating procedure. A future where entrepreneurs scale solutions that elevate joy, health, and prosperity for all.


As humanity grapples with dilemmas of extraordinary complexity and global scale, Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), housed in Stanford University’s School of Engineering, is leading a movement to educate leaders who will solve the major challenges of the 21st century. STVP delivers transformational experiences that equip aspiring entrepreneurs — from all disciplines and areas of the world — with the ability to solve problems by harnessing engineering principles, ethical decision-making, and emerging technologies.


Our vision anchors on three strategic action areas:

  • Advance ground-breaking research on technology entrepreneurship and innovation. STVP’s leading-edge scholarly research creates a deep understanding of start-up performance and growth, technology innovation, and entrepreneurial policy. Our rigorous approach provides accessible insights that entrepreneurs apply in practice, while also improving the theoretical understanding of entrepreneurship.
  • Create and deliver teaching and learning approaches that develop entrepreneurs as global citizens. In STVP’s innovative educational programs, Stanford students from every discipline gain transformative learning experiences, a community of talent, and Stanford Engineering’s spirit of groundbreaking technology innovation. Our pioneering pedagogies and widely accessible curriculum resources power learning experiences around the world.
  • Scale responsible innovation practices with stakeholders in communities around the world. STVP is leading an inclusive, global movement that elevates the standards of entrepreneurship. Working with diverse communities of entrepreneurship educators, startup teams, investors, and policymakers, we strengthen ecosystems together.

At STVP, we blaze new paths for powerful experiential teaching, uncover novel research insights, foster knowledge networks that span the globe, and activate aspiring entrepreneurs to create meaningful change in their lives and for their communities. With more than 25 years of impact and a vibrant global network, STVP is uniquely positioned to lead the next wave of entrepreneurship education.

Core Team


Tom Byers

Professor, MS&E

Tom Byers

Chuck Eesley

Associate Professor, MS&E

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Kathleen Eisenhardt

Professor, MS&E

Kathleen Eisenhardt

Riitta Katila

Faculty Director of Research, STVP

Riitta Katila

Tina Seelig

Faculty Director, STVP

Tina Seelig

Robert Sutton

Professor, MS&E



Mo Lei Fong

Executive Director

Mo Lei Fong

Jack Fuchs

Director of Principled Entrepreneurship and Adjunct Lecturer, MS&E

Jack Fuchs

Rachel Julkowski

Managing Director

Rachel Julkowski

Eunice Lee

Community Engagement Specialist

Eunice Kim

Mandy Llerena

Project & Operations Manager

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Luke Sykora

Head of Content

Luke Sykora

Affiliated Stanford Faculty

Margaret Brandeau
Management Science & Engineering
Richard Dasher
Electrical Engineering
Joseph DeSimone
Chemical Engineering
Jeff Schox, Esq.
Mechanical Engineering
George Foster
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Ashish Goel
Management Science & Engineering
Pamela Hinds
Management Science & Engineering
Perry Klebahn
Stanford d.school
Michael Lepech
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michael Lyons
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Fern Mandelbaum
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Valerie Red-Horse Mohl
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE)
Woody Powell
Hayagreeva Rao
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Amin Saberi
Management Science & Engineering
Jeremy Utley
Stanford d.school
Melissa Valentine
Management Science & Engineering
John Weyant
Management Science & Engineering

Current Visiting Faculty

Past Visiting Faculty

Robert Eberhart
Santa Clara University
Anil Gupta
University of Maryland
Matthew Hayward
University of Colorado
Rahul Kapoor
University of Pennsylvania
Peter Kelly
Aalto University
Ricardo San Martin
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Stefan Meisiek
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Alan Meyer
University of Oregon
Peter Russo
Munich University of Applied Sciences
Sonali Shah
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Patricio del Sol
Universidad del Desarrollo
Patricia Thornton
Duke University
Joe Tranquillo
Bucknell University
Mary Tripsas
Boston College
Song Wang
Zhejiang University
Noam Wasserman
Harvard University
Poh Kam Wong
National University of Singapore

Board of Advisors

Ravi Belani
Stanford University and Alchemist Accelerator
Steve Blank
Stanford University and Lean LaunchPad
Navin Chaddha
Mayfield Fund
Jason Cheng
Livewell Neurosurgery
Dan Dorosin
Fenwick & West
Jack Fuchs
Stanford University and Blackhorn Ventures
Tess Hatch
Bessemer Ventures
Mar Hershenson
Stanford University and Pear VC
Grace Isford
Lux Capital
Ping Li
Emily Ma
Stanford University and Google
Ann Miura-Ko
Stanford University and Floodgate
Andrew Nelson
University of Oregon
Heidi Roizen
Stanford University and Threshold Ventures
Evan Tana
Julie Zhuo

STVP offers our sincere thanks and gratitude to all of our past advisors for their support and guidance since our inception:

Sarah Arora, Nick Bambos, Jim Breyer, Teresa Briggs, Shona Brown, Gordon Davidson, Harry Elam, Peter Fenton, Ben Hallen, Andrew Hargadon, Jeff Hawkins, Jean-Francois Heitz, Mir Imran, Lauryn Isford, Mike Klausner, Jeffrey Koseff, Kathy Ku, John Lilly, John Mitchell, Donna Novitsky, Jim Plummer, Karen Richardson, Bernie Roth, Filipe Santos, Ted Schlein, Carla Shatz, Jim Sweeney, Phil Weilerstein, Jennifer Widom, Paul Yock, and Stefanos Zenios.


Along with our current sponsors, STVP graciously thanks all of the individuals, companies and foundations that have supported our work to accelerate entrepreneurship education since 1999.



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