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Launchpad


Launch your business with design thinking

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Launchpad


Launch your business with design thinking

 

What is Launchpad?

It's the game-changing d.school class at Stanford for innovators and entrepreneurs. Our teaching philosophy is built around the culture of start-ups and what makes them tick. In the class Stanford students take an idea for a product or service and start an actual company in 10 weeks. Maybe one of the reasons it works is because we put our emphasis on the entrepreneurs, not the idea. Or maybe it's because we focus on doing, not planning. Or maybe it's because we don't believe in failure, only evolution. All we know is that it's totally different than other incubators or accelerators, and the proof is in the numbers. Since the annual class started in 2009, we've coached 90 companies to launch and over 50 are still in business. 

 
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The Curriculum


The Curriculum


Launchpad is a seriously unique approach to start-ups. Weekly assignmentswe like to call them hurdlesalign with these key principles and push student teams to live them real time

Find What Works for the Consumer First
Do first, plan later

Work on One Thing at a Time
Focus on eliminating the immediate risk

Support Your Fellow Entrepreneurs
It's critical to your success

The Entrepreneur is Key (not the idea) 
Ideas are infinite and ever changing

Learn to "Compost" Failures
Changing faster than the competition

Speed is Critical
Move fast: prototype, test, fail, repeat

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Get Started


Get Started


Stop by the Product / Market Fit Assessment Lab
Our class office hours are open to Stanford students and the broader public. Stop by for feedback and advice on launching your business. More info here.

Jan. 4 - Mar. 11, Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Mar. 28 - Jun. 1, Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Second Floor, Stanford d.school
(Get directions.)

Apply to Class
The application is now closed. Thank you to all that applied.

Class Schedule
Spring Quarter, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 - 12:20pm

Night Launch
Night Launch took place on May 1st and was the first opportunity for Launchpad students to show their stuff, literally. 10 stellar products and services were launched this year by the brightest stars of the Stanford d.school's celebrated accelerator program Launchpad! See the companies below.

Apprentice for Launchpad
If you're a Stanford student and interested in apprenticing for Launchpad, please see attached

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Alumni Companies


Alumni Companies


FEATURED ALUMNI

 

ALUMNI COMPANIES, 2010-2017

Below are all the companies that have come through our class since the first time we taught it in 2010. Many of them are still operating, some have been sold, or have evolved into something new. 


2017

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AVAIL
First-of-a-kind nutrition and wellness company that makes superfood supplements for children's health.

Zofie
Unique fashion brand that makes modern women's clothing influenced by global patterns.

Going Merry
A simple way for students to apply for the right scholarships. We also make it easy for any donor to create a scholarship and then find the perfect student for it.

VIA  
Platform that connects top-tier talent to short-term work opportunities at innovative companies around the world.

my90
Anonymous communication tools and data analysis to make it easier for the public to talk to the police, and easier for police chiefs to improve trust, transparency, and safety.

Baabel
Delivers the news you need to help build opinions you can trust.

ZenHome
Simple service that helps people effortlessly declutter their unused goods, while earning them money and doing social good.

pol. 
Digital platform that helps citizens advocate for causes they care about, while directly connecting representatives to their constituents.

AskHilbert
Helps cancer patients and people with chronic conditions solve their cost management and health insurance issues, so they can focus on their treatments and get healthy.

FounderNest
Online matchmaking platform that helps entrepreneurs and SMB owners overcome their challenges by helping them identify their most pressing needs and connecting them with the right experts.

 


2016

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back{4}app
the GitHub for APIs

Boost
gamified sports training app

Deep Look
AI for video content

Entirely Me
gender-inclusive children's clothing brand

Michi
your on-demand Chinese friend

 

Shoekicker
find the internet's best prices on running shoes

Sonum Bay
promotion/booking software for small music venues & bands

Tap Inn
on-demand personal concierge for business travelers

Threshold
customers win change they want from orgs they love

My FM Afrika
social online radio station for African music

Raddish
community marketplace for vegetarian meals

re:Live
personalized physical therapy in the
palm of your hand

Pixel Art Academy
learn to draw video game


2015

 

Ascend Adventures
Expired

Blot Inc.
Operating

Bounty Box
Operating

Breaking Bread
Expired

 

Chit Chat
Expired

Grace Portraits
Operating

Kit Clothiers
Expired

Live Vicarious
Operating
 

 

Mind.ly
Operating

Boom Shakalaka
Operating

Snapcart
Operating

Trove
Operating

 


2014

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Blueprint
Sold

Citrine
Operating

Dispatcher Truck
Evolved

Frontier Bites
Operating

Mirror
Expired

Rabbit Prototyping
Sold

Salad Bars
Expired

SandSki
Expired

sParking
Expired

Summer
Operating

Switchmate
Sold

Timedame
Expired


2013

 

Fellow
Operating

Edunautics
Expired

HomeBase
Operating

iCadenza
Operating

 

Farm Hill
Operating

LawSchool Dojo
Operating

Monumental Movements
Expired

 

 

PawPrint
Currently Branch Metrics

TravelNuts
Expired

Yard Club
Operating


2012

 

4Soils
Operating

Code HS
Operating

illumin.us
Expired

 

 

Life Swap
Evolved

Lallitara
Expired

Man Crates
Operating

 

Ravel Law
Operating

RefreshNow
Expired

Stower
Operating


2011

 

Blinkston/Haystack
Sold

Causelift
Expired

Crazy Critters
Expired

Farm 2 Cup
Sold

 

FoodLove
Expired

Hosh Media
Expired

Sellery
Expired

Lateral Sports
Operating

 

Plum
Expired

SnailBox
Expired

Zufi Grip
Expired


2010

Angaza Design
Operating

AtlasLBE
Sold

FindShare
Expired

Juntos Finanzas
Operating

Kitchit
Operating

Lemons and Melons
Expired

Main Street Hub
Operating

Pulse
Sold

Veloz Solar
Expired

Workers Express
Rebranded as Proven

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About Us


About Us


THE TEAM

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Perry Klebahn
Instructor

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Jeremy Utley
Instructor

 

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