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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


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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


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Get Started


Attend Office Hours
Office hours are open to Stanford students and the broader public. Stop by for feedback and advice on launching your business. 

Jan. 4 - Mar. 11, Mondays, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Mar. 28 - Jun. 1, Tuesdays, 2:00 - 3:30pm
Second Floor, Stanford d.school
(Get directions.)

Apply to Class
The class is open to Stanford students and is taught spring quarter each year. Applications are closed for 2016.

Come to the Beta Show
The Beta Show is the first opportunity for Launchpad students to show their stuff, literally. Come by to see what companies are launching this year.  It's all happening April 25 at 5:00pm at the Stanford d.school.

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Alumni Companies


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Alumni Companies


FEATURED ALUMNI

 

ALUMNI COMPANIES, 2010-2016

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. 

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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

Pixel Art Academy
learn to draw video game

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

Michi
your on-demand Chinese friend

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


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

Next Play Now
Operating

Snapcart
Operating

Trove
Operating

 


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Blueprint
Sold

Citrine
Operating

Dispatcher Truck
Operating

Frontier Bites
Operating

Mirror
Expired

Rabbit Prototyping
Sold

Salad Bars
Expired

SandSki
Expired

sParking
Expired

Summer
Operating

Switchmate
Operating

Timedame
Expired

 

Duo Brewer
Operating

Edunautics
Expired

HomeBase
Operating

iCadenza
Operating

Farm Hill
Operating

LawSchool Dojo
Operating

Monumental Movements
Expired

 

PawPrint
Currently Branch Metrics

TravelNuts
Operating

Yard Club
Operating

 

4Soils
Operating

Code HS
Operating

illumin.us
Expired

 

Life Swap
Evolved

Lallitara
Expired

Man Crates
Operating

Ravel Law
Operating

RefreshNow
Expired

Stower
Operating

 

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

 

Angaza Design
Operating

AtlasLBE
Operating

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


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About Us


THE TEAM

Perry Klebahn
Instructor

Jeremy Utley
Instructor

Lauren Pizer
Teaching Assistant

 

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