Accel Innovation Scholars

Preparing Stanford Engineering PhD students to bring breakthrough ideas to the world.

The Accel Innovation Scholars (AIS) program supports 12 Stanford Engineering PhD students in discovering the skills and possibilities of technology commercialization, opportunity evaluation and entrepreneurial leadership. This nine-month program offers a time-efficient complement to students’ research experiences with access to entrepreneurial leaders and innovative startups in Silicon Valley.

Current Cohort

Sebastian Grimberg

Aeronautics & Astronautics
Sebastian Grimberg

Ranjay Krishna

Computer Science
Ranjay Krishna

Michelle Lee

Mechanical Engineering
Michelle Lee

Kunal Menda

Aeronautics & Astronautics
Kunal Menda

Jayant Mukhopadhaya

Aeronautics & Astronautics
Jayant Mukhopadhaya

Lars Neustock

Electrical Engineering
Lars Neustock

Abhiram Rao

Bioengineering
Abhiram Rao

Neeraja Ravi

Bioengineering
Neeraja Ravi

Sherry Ruan

Computer Science
Sherry Ruan

Lyndsay Stapleton

Bioengineering
Lyndsay Stapleton

Po-Hsuan Wei

Electrical Engineering
Po-Hsuan Wei

Anthony Yu

Materials Science and Engineering
Anthony Yu

Maha Yusuf

Electrical Engineering
Maha Yusuf

Year-At-A-Glance

Autumn

Participate in living case studies at a diverse collection of local firms to develop a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities they face in building their ventures. Scholars will meet for a two-hour session each week.

Winter

Take part in workshops focused on negotiation, team dynamics, diversity, and storytelling to develop the tools needed to become an effective leader in any organization. Scholars will meet for a two-hour session each week.

Spring

Work with the teaching team, entrepreneurs, and investors to develop and deliver a class for the other Scholars, diving deeply into one aspect of entrepreneurial leadership. Scholars will meet for a two-hour session each week.

Program Info and Application

The Accel Innovation Scholars (AIS) program offers a time-efficient complement to Stanford Engineering PhD students’ research by providing training on entrepreneurship and technology innovation. Through workshops, team projects, case studies and field experiences, Scholars build the knowledge, skills and attitude to tackle entrepreneurial challenges and discover opportunities to leverage their research background.

To support professional development, Scholars are assigned faculty coaches, as well as venture capitalists, corporate and AIS alumni mentors, to provide feedback and to offer different perspectives and access points to the Silicon Valley ecosystem. During the autumn, winter and spring quarters, the Scholars will meet for a two-hour session each week.
Scholars will also attend workshops and retreats during each quarter of the program. The program’s schedule should be considered when applying and scheduling vacations to avoid unnecessary absences. A prospective student’s research focus does not need to have obvious commercial applications to apply to AIS.

AIS applications are accepted from current PhD students in the School of Engineering who:
  • have completed their qualifying examinations
  • are in good standing in their programs
  • are interested in exploring entrepreneurship

Please email Ryan Shiba with any questions about applying to the Accel Innovation Scholars program.

The application for the 2019-20 Accel Innovation Scholars is now closed. The application period for the 2020-21 cohort will open at the beginning of Spring Quarter 2020.

Teaching Team

Tina Seelig

Professor of the Practice, MS&E

Bio
Tina Seelig

Fern Mandelbaum

Lecturer, Graduate School of Business

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Fern Mandelbaum

Alumni

Acknowledgements

STVP extends its deep appreciation to Accel for supporting this program for Stanford Engineering students. Special thanks goes to Ping Li and Jim Swartz at Accel.
Accel Partners STVP Stanford School of Engineering