Sparks

Build entrepreneurial skills in evening workshops that are open to members of the Stanford community.

STVP Sparks are workshops on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Led by Stanford alumni, industry leaders and academic experts, Sparks workshops offer a path to expanding your entrepreneurial mindset and professional network.

For registration questions, including disability-related accommodations and services, please email Lauren Crout.

Upcoming Winter 2019 Sparks

January 22
6:30 - 8:00 pm

How to Level Up: Transforming Your Passion into Your Business

with Katie Kirsch

Business Development & Strategy, IDEO

Katie Kirsch will lead a 90-minute hands-on skills-building workshop. At IDEO, Kirsch focuses on shaping strategic business opportunities and partnerships. In 2014, Kirsch also co-founded Girls Driving for a Difference (GDD): a 501(c)(3) non-profit empowering a global community of young women to become leaders of social change through design thinking. Dinner, refreshments and networking to follow workshop.

January 28
6:30 - 8:00 pm

How to Level Up: Positioning for Market Leadership

with Theresa Lina Stevens

Market Dominance Strategy, Training and Execution, Lina Group, Inc.

Theresa Lina Stevens will lead a 90-minute hands-on skills-building workshop. Stevens is a marketing thought leader known for market dominance strategy. She focuses on helping companies achieve sustainable differentiation in rapidly evolving, competitive markets in order to maintain healthy margins and growth. Dinner, refreshments and networking to follow workshop.

February 5
6:30 - 8:00 pm

How to Level Up: Captivating Your Audience

with Jeff Cabili

Communications and Leadership Consultant & Coach

Jeff Cabili will lead a 90-minute hands-on skills-building workshop. Cabili specializes in teaching entrepreneurs and innovators how to evocatively deliver presentations through effective use of body language and of voice modulation. Jeff spent more than twenty five years in senior management positions at international companies such as HP, Memorex, Sopra, Numetrix and Vicinity. He is also the former Director of Business Development at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Executive Education. Dinner, refreshments and networking to follow workshop.

February 11
6:30 - 8:00 pm

How to Level Up: Securing Funding

with Aaron Holiday

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, 645 Ventures

and Nnamdi Okike

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, 645 Ventures

Aaron Holiday and Nnamdi Okike will lead a 90-minute hands-on skills-building workshop. Okike and Holiday are co-founders and managing partners of 645 ventures where they focus on moving seed stage founders to competitive Series A rounds and beyond. They’ve led the successful investments in firms acquired by Google, Facebook, Expedia among many others. Dinner, refreshments and networking to follow workshop.

Acknowledgements

STVP generously thanks Accel Partners for supporting the Sparks program, offering entrepreneurial skills and training to students and other members of the Stanford community.
Accel Partners
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