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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 10

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

  • Application will be open February 1 – March 14, closing at 3pm PST the 14th.

  • Those accepted or rejected will be notified within a week after the application closes March 14th. 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 (aka Launchpad Venture Hub - no ticket required) 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, Studio 1.

  • 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 NOW CLOSED.

Other Opportunities

Launchpad Venture Hub (weekly)

Each week Perry Klebahn and Jeremy Utley host the Launchpad Venture Hub—a space for students and the broader public to get expert feedback and advice on business ideas and prototypes. Additional info here.

January 10, 2019 - April 25, 2019
Thursdays, 1:30-3:00pm

Stanford students please feel free to drop-in even if Eventbrite tickets are sold out.

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 29th 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! 

Apprentice for Launchpad

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

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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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