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Launch your business with design thinking
at Stanford University's d.school
 

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Launch your business with design thinking
at Stanford University's d.school
 

 

What is Launchpad?

It's the game-changing Stanford University d.school class for innovators and entrepreneurs. Our teaching philosophy is built around the culture of start-ups and what makes them tick. Over the course of only 10 weeks, Stanford students take an idea for a product or service and start an actual company. 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 100 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 assignments (we like to call them hurdles) align 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


Launch Your Business

Apply to Launchpad ME–301

If you're a Stanford grad student interested in launching your business during Launchpad Spring quarter, first a few considerations:

  • Application will be open February 1–26, closing at 3pm PST the 26th. APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED.
  • Those accepted or rejected will be notified within a week after the application closes February 26. The teaching team will accept around 10 teams.  
  • In addition to filling out the application, students are required to attend at least two office hours (see information to right) before the application closes and create a 1 minute video showing the need you hope to address and the product/service you have prototyped to address it.
  • Class meets Spring quarter, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30–12:20pm, room 200.
  • 4 units, letter grade or credit/no credit.

If you do not have a passionate and overwhelming urge to start a business or launch a product or service, this class will not be a fit.

Please note this class is only available to Stanford grad students.

Other Opportunities

Pop by the Product/Market Fit
Assessment Lab (office hours)

Office hours are open to Stanford students and the broader public. Stop by for feedback and advice on launching your business. More info (here).

September 26, 2017—March 27, 2018
Tuesdays, 2:30—4:00pm

April 5, 2018-June 7, 2018
Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm

Stanford d.school
Bay Studio, 2nd Floor
Please note April 19 will be held in Studio 1, 2nd floor
(Get directions)

Attend Night Launch

Night Launch will be the first opportunity for Launchpad students to show their stuff, literally. Join us April 30th from 5:30-7:30pm to experience the stellar products and services and hear the founder's mission statements at 6pm. You won't want to miss it!

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT, THANK YOU! 

Apprentice for Launchpad

If you're looking for experience working at a startup, apprentice for Launchpad!

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Alumni Companies


Alumni Companies


Featured Alumni

 

Alumni Companies, 2018–2010

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. 

2018

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AJAIB
Automated online InsureTech platform that allows people to insure each other in Southeast Asia, starting with Indonesia.

APOTHERY
Luscious cashew milks infused with hemp CBD oil, crafted to provide tangible, natural relief to everyday stressors.

HIGH FIVE
A traveling nail salon where happy manicurists deliver that "take over the world" feeling of fresh nails, wherever you are.

DAZZLE
Delivers the perfect polish, whitening and personalized oral health coaching to keep your smile brilliant and healthy.

HEALTHUP 
Provides a mobile app helping people to eat healthier through specific daily goals backed by financial incentives.

LOOMABLE
A marketplace through which mothers can find for their school-age children local role models to provide advice or share experiences with.

MANI.ME
Delivers hassle-free ready to wear gel manicures that are tailored for you!

SAFI ANALYTICS
Safi provides factory managers in emerging markets with a dashboard and alerts to make managing energy and operations simple.

VITAL SIGNS
Provides small and medium businesses with customized and actionable recommendations based on the business’ online marketing performance.

 

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 Teaching Team

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Perry Klebahn
Instructor

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Jeremy Utley
Instructor

 

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