Accel Leadership Program

The STVP Fellows Programs application is now open! Apply Now.
Application deadline is Friday, October 21, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Build leadership skills through real-world problem-solving

The Accel Leadership Program (ALP) develops entrepreneurial leaders through case-based team learning. Each year, 16 technically-minded Stanford seniors and graduate students from across the University solve real-world problems with fellows and mentors. Students work in teams with a high growth venture CEO to create and present a case study on a real-world business problem. Over six-months, Accel Fellows build life-long community and learn about startup strategy, organizational structure, fundraising, leading and scaling technical ventures, and operating models.

Current Cohort

Julia Abelsky

Graduate School of Business
Photo of ALP Fellow Julia Abelsky

Leo Jean Baptiste

Computer Science, Sociology
Leo Baptiste

Jeffrey Brown

Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Jeff Brown

Melissa Daniel

Computer Science, Economics
Melissa Daniel

Sahit Dendekuri

Symbolic Systems, Master's in Computer Science
Sahit Dendekuri

Nicholas Deveau

Biomedical Informatics
Nicholas Deveau

Ben Ditchfield

Management Science & Engineering
Photo of ALP alumnus Ben Ditchfield

Akshatha Kamath

Education Data Science
Photo of ALP alumna Akshatha Kamath

Rauf Khan

Graduate School of Business
Rauf Khan

Aya Mouallem

Electrical Engineering
Photo of ALP alumna Aya Mouallem

Sasankh Munukutla

Computer Science
Photo of ALP alumnus Sasankh Munukutla

Liana Patel

Computer Science
Photo of ALP alumna Liana Patel

Bao Phan

Management Science & Engineering
Photo of ALP alumna Bao Phan

Zsika Phillip

Graduate School of Business
Photo of ALP alumnus Zsika Phillip

Connor Regan

Graduate School of Business
Photo of ALP alumnus Connor Regan

Dhruv Suri

Energy Resources Engineering

Sevahn Vorperian

Chemical Engineering
Photo of ALP alumna Sevahn Vorperian

Amelia Woodward

Computer Science
Photo of ALP alumna Amelia Woodward

Helen Wu

Computer Science
Photo of ALP alumna Helen Wu

Yi Zhang

Pediatrics

Year-At-A-Glance

Winter

MS&E 277A
Explore how to lead entrepreneurial ventures including establishing startup strategy, forming organizational culture and effective team structures, securing resources, and building operating models that scale.

Spring

MS&E 277B
Teams formulate a case study with a current startup CEO/senior executive that tackles a real-world business problem for their high-growth venture, and present the case on the challenge and the potential paths to resolution.

Teaching Team

Mo Lei Fong

Executive Director, STVP

Bio
A photo of Executive Director Mo Lei Fong

Tom Byers

Professor, MS&E and Faculty Director, STVP

Bio
Tom Byers

Steve Loughlin

Partner, Accel

Bio
Steve Loughlin

Amy Saper

Partner, Accel

Bio
Amy Saper

Program Information

The Accel Leadership Program (ALP) is an immersive six-month leadership program that prepares 16 technically-minded Stanford seniors and graduate students to lead entrepreneurial ventures, with a focus on startup strategy. Each Accel Fellow will work on a team with a high growth venture CEO, to create and present a case study on a real-world business problem. Fellows will:  
  • Benefit from access to faculty coaches and industry-leading guest speakers from Silicon Valley startups and venture capitalists
  • Gain experience in solving real business strategy issues through interactive cases
  • Master skills in leadership, organizational structure, securing resources, and operating models
  • Build lasting connections through a diverse network of entrepreneurially-minded Stanford students and alumni from all majors and a cross-section of years
 

Application Information

Fellowship applications are accepted from current Stanford seniors and graduate students from any major or school at Stanford. Preference is given to technically-minded students and STEM majors who have demonstrated an interest in entrepreneurship and leadership. An example of demonstrated interest includes taking a “launch” class such as Lean Launchpad, Technology Venture Formation, or similar entrepreneurship courses.

To apply, students will submit the STVP Fellows Programs application for Accel Leadership Program,Threshold Venture Fellows and Mayfield Fellows Program. They will indicate which program is their top choice. Students  will be asked to provide a transcript, resume/CV, and thoughtful responses to prompt questions, such as sharing challenges they’ve overcome. Select applicants will be asked to attend a virtual interview in November, which will allow applicants the chance to share their unique backgrounds with the selection committee. Typically, interviews are conducted in groups.

Important Dates

Application Open: Monday, Sept. 19, 2022
STVP Fellows Program Info Session: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 @ 5pm (Register on Zoom)
ALP In-Person Info Session: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 @ 12pm (Huang Amphitheater)
ALP Virtual Info Session: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 @ 6:30pm (Register on Zoom)
Application Close: Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

 
   
The STVP Fellows Programs Application is open!

Please email Eunice Lee with any questions about applying to the Accel Leadership Program.

Alumni

Acknowledgements

STVP, the Stanford Engineering Entrepreneurship Center, extends its deep appreciation to Accel for supporting this program for Stanford students.
Accel Partners
STVP
Stanford School of Engineering