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A seriously unique approach to starting a business at Stanford University.
 

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A seriously unique approach to starting a business at Stanford University.
 

 

What is Launchpad?

Launchpad is one of Stanford University’s most successful accelerators. Each Spring quarter d.school adjunct professors Perry Klebahn and Jeremy Utley work with 10 new ventures to incubate and launch a real business in just 10 weeks.

Since 2010

60% of Launchpad ventures are still in business

$500 million has been raised in venture capital funding

Thousands of new jobs have been created

 
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Alumni Companies


Alumni Companies


Featured Alumni

Ravel Law Founders Daniel Lewis & Nik Reed - Acquired by LexisNexis in 2017

Ravel Law Founders Daniel Lewis & Nik Reed - Acquired by LexisNexis in 2017

Branch co-founders Dmitri Gaskin, Alex Austin, Mada Seghete & Mike Molinet

Branch co-founders Dmitri Gaskin, Alex Austin, Mada Seghete & Mike Molinet

Man Crates Founders Jon Beekman & Sam Gong

Man Crates Founders Jon Beekman & Sam Gong

Alumni Companies 2010-2019

Over the years we’ve coached hundreds of founders to launch businesses in different industry sectors. Many are still operating, some have sold, and others evolved into something new. 

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The Curriculum


The Curriculum


Launchpad is not a class about entrepreneurship, and unlike any other accelerator. It’s an intense, action-based program designed for those who are primed to prototype and sell business ideas. Over the course of 10-weeks, teams will incorporate, develop robust prototypes, and find key customers and investors.

Key principles of the program:

Sell First
Find your customer, plan later

Act
Eliminate risk through experimentation

Support Fellow Teams
Collaborate with the whole cohort

Be Entrepreneurial
Embrace your creative confidence

Fail Fast, Fail Forward
Change faster than the competition

Accelerate
Prototype, test, fail, repeat

Key differentiators of the program:

  • Access to a vibrant startup network: prominent lawyers, investors, market experts, Stanford alumni, mentors, renowned incubators and accelerators (i.e. Alchemist, Y Combinator, etc) and work space in Silicon Valley 

  • 9 years of proven market success

  • Support during and after the program

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Get Started


Get Started


Launch Your Business

Apply to Launchpad 11

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

  • Application will be open February 17 – March 13, 2020 closing at 3pm PST the 13th.

  • Those accepted or rejected will be notified within a week after the application closes March 13th. 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 (info below) 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.

  • Office Hours will be every Thursday 9-10am (with the exception of holidays and when Stanford is closed) in the Bay Studio, 2nd floor of the d.school. Please note office hours are only open to enrolled Stanford students.

  • Class meets Spring quarter, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30–12:20pm, room TBA.

  • 4 units, letter grade or credit/no credit.

We are looking for Stanford grad students from all schools who are passionate and have an overwhelming urge to start a business or launch a product or service. Please only apply if you’re ready for this big step.

APPLICATION WILL OPEN FEB 17, 2020.

Other Opportunities

Launchpad Venture Hub

Join Stanford University's adjunct professors Perry Klebahn and Jeremy Utley for Launchpad Venture Hub— a unique opportunity for the broader public to learn methods for developing business ideas.

Fall dates and content TBA

Stanford d.school
Bay Studio, 2nd Floor

(Get directions)

Night Launch

Night Launch will be the first opportunity for Launchpad founders to show their stuff, literally. Join us April 27th 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! 

EVENT DETAILS AND TICKETS POSTED EARLY 2020.

Apprentice for Launchpad

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

APPLICATION WILL OPEN LATE 2019/EARLY 2020.

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About Us


About Us


The Teaching Team

Perry Klebahn
Adjunct Professor

Jeremy Utley
Adjunct Professor


In the Press


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