Threshold Venture Fellows

Develop leadership skills for the venture ecosystem

Handcrafted for twelve Stanford master’s students interested in entrepreneurial ventures, the Threshold Venture Fellows (TVF) program provides a front-row seat to the world of venture creation. Fellows meet weekly for classroom sessions, guest speakers, and in-depth discussions about launching and leading high growth, high impact organizations.  

Current Cohort

Zainab Alali

Energy Resources Engineering
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Simi Aluko

Sustainable Design and Construction

Caroline Gao

Computer Science
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Ethan Goh

Clinical Informatics and Management
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Simba Jonga

Management Science and Engineering
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Shreyas Lakhtakia

Management Science & Engineering

Cheryl Mulor

Sustainable Design & Construction; Management Science & Engineering
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Santiago Ossa

Sustainable Design and Construction
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Axel Peytavin

Computational and Mathematical Engineering
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Ashraf Sabkha

International Cyber Policy
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Anna-Julia Storch

Education Data Science
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Ann Wu

Electrical Engineering
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Fellows are immersed in the entrepreneurial mindset through classroom discussions and building community. Fellows meet weekly, alternating between Tuesday sessions & Wednesday ETL Seminars (4:30 – 5:20 PM) followed by a discussion with the cohort.


Fellows deepen understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem through workshops and relationship building. Fellows meet weekly, alternating between Tuesday sessions & Wednesday ETL Seminars (4:30 – 5:20 PM) followed by a discussion with the cohort.

Teaching Team

Heidi Roizen

Adjunct Lecturer, MS&E

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Aidan Madigan-Curtis

Partner, Eclipse Ventures


Program Information

The Threshold Venture Fellows (TVF) program was created to serve the specific needs of Stanford master’s students, who often have previous career experiences yet have limited time to pursue entrepreneurial activities while at Stanford. As the Fellowship is relationship and engagement driven, we seek to admit fellows who learn best from others and bring diverse perspectives to their cohort.

Fellows meet weekly during Winter and Spring quarters for in-depth discussions about launching and leading high growth, high impact organizations. Class guests, including Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, lawyers, and venture capitalists, will be invited to give talks about their personal experiences. Topics include raising venture capital, giving a pitch, risk taking and failure, ethical dilemmas, and work life balance. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops – past workshops have been on topics like negotiation, public speaking, and storytelling.

A key focus of the fellowship is building relationships across both Stanford and Silicon Valley. Fellows gain access to rich mentorship opportunities from industry leaders and TVF alumni. Fellows will also have the opportunity to build community with students from across the Stanford ecosystem. A cohort retreat will take place early on in the program and fellows often form enduring friendships. Upon completion, fellows will join the highly active TVF alumni network.

Application Information

Enrollment is limited to 12 master’s students. The application consists of two rounds. The first round consists of completing the STVP Fellows Program Application and video submission. The second round of the application is a group interview and applicants will hear back in late November. All Stanford masters students are encouraged to apply, regardless of previous entrepreneurial experience. However, we prefer applicants with previous career experience. Additionally, we highly encourage applicants to attend one of the information sessions – dates and times are listed below. These sessions are an opportunity to learn more about the program and hear directly from past fellows.

To apply, students will submit the STVP Fellows Programs application for Threshold Venture Fellows, Mayfield Fellows Program, and Accel Leadership Program. They will indicate which program they are applying for and identify 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

The STVP Fellows Programs application for 2023 is now closed.

Please email Eunice Lee with any questions about applying to the Mayfield Fellows Program.




STVP, the Stanford Engineering Entrepreneurship Center, offers sincere appreciation to Threshold for supporting this opportunity for Stanford Engineering students.
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