Faculty Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

A unique entrepreneurial leadership program for Stanford Engineering faculty interested in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to successfully bring technology products to market.

The Stanford Faculty Entrepreneurial Leadership Program offers a time-efficient opportunity for faculty to learn how to identify entrepreneurial opportunities in their laboratories and how to bring new ventures to fruition.

Each year 12 faculty from the School of Engineering are selected to join an interdisciplinary cohort of scholars along with facilitators Tina Seelig, MS&E Professor of the Practice, and Jennifer Cochran, Shriram Chair of Bioengineering, for eight weeks of learning, discussions and industry mentorship.



Eight, ninety-minute lunch sessions on Mondays during the academic quarter to discuss opportunity evaluation, fundraising, negotiating, collaborating with industry, intellectual property, and building teams. Ongoing individualized industry mentorship.

Program Info and Application

The Stanford Faculty Entrepreneurial Leadership Program provides a select group of School of Engineering faculty with the knowledge and leadership skills to bring products to market. Faculty will convene weekly with the teaching team and industry leaders to discuss opportunity evaluation, intellectual property, team building and fundraising. The program runs from January to March and will use case studies, examine academic founder role models and offer industry mentorship from Silicon Valley.
Enrollment is limited to a dozen Stanford faculty from the School of Engineering with an interest in enhancing their scholarly research and translating discoveries into successful products. The application period runs from September thru October and the new cohort is announced in November.

Please email Harjoth Khara with any questions about applying to the Stanford Faculty Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

The application period for the 2019 Faculty Entrepreneurial Leadership Program is now closed.


Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig

Jennifer Cochran

Jennifer Cochran
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