Stanford Entrepreneurship Learning Paths

Find Your Path

Stanford offers an abundance of entrepreneurship courses, activities, and resources. It can be overwhelming! STVP, the Stanford Engineering Entrepreneurship Center, is here to help. We welcome students from any background, experience level, and field of study to accelerate their entrepreneurial learning journey. We provide transformative learning experiences that help you develop entrepreneurial knowledge, skills, mindsets, and networks.

Student Learning Paths

“Before Stanford, I built an EdTech product that empowered 11,500+ students to achieve their early career goals. But I came here to study International Policy, so I had to learn to plug into Stanford’s entrepreneurship landscape from non-traditional entry points. At the student-run accelerator Cardinal Ventures, I learned first-hand about common founder pitfalls and how to push through them. As a Threshold Venture Fellow, I heard from remarkably candid speakers about their experiences - good and bad - as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. As a recipient of the Botha Chan Innovation Grant, I spent the past summer validating a workforce learning idea to help young professionals excel in their first jobs." – Angela Chen, International Policy, MA’23

Angela Chen's Learning Path

Michelle Schwartzman

"I came to Stanford with no entrepreneurship experience. At the student-run accelerator Cardinal Ventures, I got a front-row seat to an incredible array of startups and the challenges they face. STVP guided me towards courses that inspired me. Professor Katila's MS&E 175 brought in leaders from PayPal's product innovation lab, which catalyzed my interest in product management and creative cultures. I then joined the founding team of a startup as product manager during my gap year." - Michelle Schwartzman, MS&E ’23

Michelle Schwartzman's Learning Path

"Having worked in the startup space, I knew I wanted to become an entrepreneur when I came to Stanford. As such, I deliberately sought out an entrepreneurial community and found it at STVP. One of the most formative courses was ENGR 148/248, where I not only got to know fantastic entrepreneurial students on a deep, value-based level but also developed my own principles for my entrepreneurial journey.After completing ENGR 148/248, I looked for hands-on experience and worked on a deep-tech medical startup. Our team participated in “Lean Launchpad” and received financial support from Botha Chan (GSB) and Ovo Fund (VC) over the summer. After all, the most powerful entrepreneurial learning experience comes from doing my own project." – Anna-Julia Storch, Education Data Science, MS’23

Anna-Julia Storch's Learning Path

STVP’s Approach

Courses

Design your entrepreneurial learning path with STVP-affiliated courses. We welcome students from any background, any experience level, and any field of study to accelerate their journey with STVP, the Stanford Engineering Entrepreneurship Center.
Course level definitions: Beginner Courses – All are welcome! No prerequisites. No prior entrepreneurial experience needed. Intermediate Courses – We recommend that before enrolling in an intermediate course, students either take one beginner course, participate in an entrepreneurship club, or engage in small-scale entrepreneurship or design thinking projects. Advanced Courses – We recommended that before enrolling in an advanced course, students take one intermediate course (or gain equivalent experience). Advanced courses usually involve intensive team projects. Doctoral Courses – Open to Ph.D. students. Please check course details for formal prerequisites. In some cases, prerequisites can be waived at the discretion of the instructor.

  • Foundational Skills

    Build a toolkit of fundamental skills for the venture ecosystem.

  • MS&E 140
    Instructor(s): John Lord
  • MS&E 178
    Instructor(s): Ravi Belani, Emily Ma
  • MS&E 193
    Instructor(s): Herb Lin
  • ME 208
    Instructor(s): Jeffrey Schox, Diana Lin
  • MS&E 240
    Instructor(s): John Lord
  • MS&E 275
    Instructor(s): Ann Miura-Ko
  • MS&E 276
    Instructor(s): Tom Byers, Trevor Loy
  • MS&E 278
    Instructor(s): Jeffrey Schox, Diana Lin
  • MS&E 293
    Instructor(s): Herb Lin
  • ME 306B
    Instructor(s): Gregory Horowitt, Ade Mabogunje, Larry Leifer, Neeraj Sonalkar, Phillip Wickham
  • ME 378
    Instructor(s): Barbara Karanian
  • Purposeful Entrepreneurship

    Define and harness values to motivate principled decision-making and lead mission-driven organizations.

  • MS&E 79SI
    Instructor(s): Tom Byers
  • ENGR 148
    Instructor(s): Jack Fuchs
  • CSRE 161P
    Instructor(s): Valerie Red-Horse Mohl
  • BIOE 177
    Instructor(s): Drew Endy, Tina Seelig, Lisa K Solomon
  • MS&E 188
    Instructor(s): Pamela Hinds
  • CHEMENG 189
    Instructor(s): Joseph DeSimone, Crista Leigh Farrell, Prima Dewi Sinawang
  • ENERGY 203A
    Instructor(s): David Danielson, Joel Moxley, Jane Woodward
  • ENERGY 203
    Instructor(s): David Danielson, Joel Moxley, Jane Woodward
  • EARTHSYS 213
    Instructor(s): Chris Field, Brian Sharbono, Steve Weinstein
  • ENGR 248
    Instructor(s): Jack Fuchs
  • EE 292H
    Instructor(s): Leslie Field
  • BIOE 375
    Instructor(s): Narges Baniasadi, Lyn Denend
  • BIOE 394
    Instructor(s): Narges Baniasadi
  • Tech Leadership

    Develop knowledge, skills, and mindset to lead technology-intensive teams and organizations.

  • ENGR 140B
    Instructor(s): Tom Byers, Ann Miura-Ko
  • ENGR 140C
    Instructor(s): Tom Byers, Ann Miura-Ko
  • ENGR 140A
    Instructor(s): Tom Byers, Ann Miura-Ko
  • MS&E 146
    Instructor(s): Blake Johnson
  • MS&E 180
    Instructor(s): Kathleen Eisenhardt, Rosanne Siino
  • MS&E 182B
    Instructor(s): Robert Sutton
  • MS&E 182A
    Instructor(s): Robert Sutton
  • CEE 246A
    Instructor(s): Michael Lyons
  • MS&E 249
    Instructor(s): Blake Johnson
  • CEE 250
    Instructor(s): Anand Subramani, Jiaona Zhang, Gunguk Kim
  • MS&E 270
    Instructor(s): Kathleen Eisenhardt
  • MS&E 271
    Instructor(s): Lynda Kate Smith, Victoria Woo
  • MS&E 277A
    Instructor(s): Tom Byers
  • MS&E 277B
    Instructor(s): Tom Byers
  • MS&E 280
    Instructor(s): Robert Sutton, Rosanne Siino
  • ME 368
    Instructor(s): Perry Klebahn, Kathryn Segovia, Jeremy Utley
  • MS&E 372
    Instructor(s): Chuck Eesley
  • BIOE 376
    Instructor(s): Stefanos Zenios
  • MS&E 489
    Instructor(s): Perry Klebahn, Kathryn Segovia, Jeremy Utley
  • Experiential Learning

    Learn by doing with project-based courses.

  • ENGR 145
    Instructor(s): Chuck Eesley, Rebeca Hwang, Pedram Mokrian
  • CHEMENG 196
    Instructor(s): Ricardo Levy, Howard Rosen, Valerie Niemann
  • ENGR 245
    Instructor(s): Steve Blank, Jeff Epstein, Steve Weinstein, Mar Hershenson, Heidi Roizen, Tom Bedecarré
  • CEE 246
    Instructor(s): Raymond Levitt, Michael Lyons, Pedram Mokrian
  • MS&E 272
    Instructor(s): Chuck Eesley, Vimbayi Kajese
  • MS&E 273
    Instructor(s): Raymond Levitt, Michael Lyons, Pedram Mokrian
  • MS&E 274
    Instructor(s): Edison Tse
  • EDUC 295
    Instructor(s): Sergio Monsalve, Ryan Brennan
  • CHEMENG 296
    Instructor(s): Ricardo Levy, Howard Rosen, Valerie Niemann
  • MS&E 297
    Instructor(s): Steve Blank, Joe Felter, Steve Weinstein, Tom Bedecarré
  • ME 301
    Instructor(s): Perry Klebahn, Jeremy Utley
  • BIOE 377
    Instructor(s): Stefanos Zenios
  • Innovation/Creativity

    Develop strategies to drive technology innovation and spark creative solutions.

  • MS&E 175
    Instructor(s): Riitta Katila
  • CHEMENG 289
    Instructor(s): Joseph DeSimone, Crista Leigh Farrell, Prima Dewi Sinawang
  • MS&E 370
    Instructor(s): Kathleen Eisenhardt
  • MS&E 371
    Instructor(s): Riitta Katila
  • EALC 402T
    Instructor(s): Richard Dasher
  • MS&E 472
    Instructor(s): Ravi Belani, Tom Byers, Emily Ma
  • All Areas

These courses are a curated list of Stanford entrepreneurship offerings. The Stanford Graduate School of Business provides an MBA student perspective. ExploreCoures offers an expansive list with the ability to search by quarter and key term.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’m not an engineering student. Can I take STVP-affiliated courses?
    • Yes! We encourage students from any Stanford school, discipline, major, background, and experience level to take STVP-affiliated courses and develop their entrepreneurial knowledge, skills, mindsets, and networks.
  • I’m curious about venture capital (VC) and finance. Which classes do you recommend?
    • MS&E 472 – Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders’ Seminar
    • MS&E 140/240 – Accounting for Managers and Entrepreneurs
    • MS&E 145 – Introduction to Finance and Investment
    • MS&E 146/249 – Corporate Financial Management
    • Courses in the Economics department and the Graduate School of Business may also be helpful.
  • Which student organizations should I join? How do I join them?
  • Which STVP fellows program is right for me?
    • Every STVP fellows program will connect you to a vibrant network of fellows and mentors, while you develop skills in entrepreneurial leadership and venture creation.
      • Mayfield Fellows Program – Learn to lead principled and responsible tech ventures while participating in a paid summer internship with mentorship from experts and peers. Runs Spring through Fall for Stanford undergrad and co-term students.
      • Accel Leadership Program – Build the leadership skills to solve real-world problems in a program anchored on case-based team learning. Runs Winter through Spring for Stanford juniors, seniors, and grad students.
      • Threshold Venture Program – Develop leadership skills for the venture ecosystem. Runs Winter through Spring for Stanford Engineering master’s students.
      • PEAK Fellows Program – Develop principles for entrepreneurial leadership. Runs Summer through Fall for Stanford undergrad and co-term students.
  • In which classes can I work on my startup idea?
    • ENGR 145 – Technology Entrepreneurship
    • ENGR 245 – Lean LaunchPad
    • MS&E 273 – Venture Creation for the Real Economy
    • ME 301 – LaunchPad: Design and Launch your Product or Service
    • MS&E 272 – Entrepreneurship without Borders
    • MS&E 297 – Hacking for Defense
    • BIOE 376 – Startup Garage: Design
    • BIOE 377 – Startup Garage: Testing and Launch
    • CSRE 161P – Entrepreneurship for Social and Racial Equity
    • EARTHSYS 213 – Hacking for Climate and Sustainability
    • BIOE 375 – Biodesign and Entrepreneurship for Societal Health

Acknowledgements

Our sincere thanks to Brandon Farwell, General Partner at Xfund, for supporting learning paths and the Stanford Entrepreneurship Network, and to Fenwick for supporting STVP-affiliated courses taught by adjunct faculty, in partnership with Management Science & Engineering.

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