Launch your business with design thinking
Launch your business with design thinking
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.
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
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.
Sept 26, 2017 - June 5, 2018, Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Bay Studio, Second Floor, Stanford d.school
Apply to Class
Please check back for the 2018 application.
Spring Quarter 2018, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 - 12:20pm
Night Launch will take place on April 30, 2018 and will be the first opportunity for Launchpad 9 students to show their stuff, literally. That night stellar products and services will be launched by the brightest stars of the Stanford d.school's celebrated accelerator program Launchpad! More information for the event to come!
Apprentice for Launchpad
If you're a Stanford student and interested in apprenticing for Launchpad, please email Sarah Holcomb: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
First-of-a-kind nutrition and wellness company that makes superfood supplements for children's health.
Unique fashion brand that makes modern women's clothing influenced by global patterns.
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.
Platform that connects top-tier talent to short-term work opportunities at innovative companies around the world.
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.
Delivers the news you need to help build opinions you can trust.
Simple service that helps people effortlessly declutter their unused goods, while earning them money and doing social good.
Digital platform that helps citizens advocate for causes they care about, while directly connecting representatives to their constituents.
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.
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.
the GitHub for APIs
gamified sports training app
AI for video content
gender-inclusive children's clothing brand
your on-demand Chinese friend
find the internet's best prices on running shoes
promotion/booking software for small music venues & bands
on-demand personal concierge for business travelers
customers win change they want from orgs they love
My FM Afrika
social online radio station for African music
community marketplace for vegetarian meals
personalized physical therapy in the
palm of your hand
Pixel Art Academy
learn to draw video game
Currently Branch Metrics
Farm 2 Cup
Lemons and Melons
Main Street Hub
Rebranded as Proven