What will I learn?

Overview

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Launchpad is an intense course in product design and development offered to graduate students only (no exceptions). 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. 

Get Started

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 – March 7, 2019 closing at 3pm PST the 7th.

  • Those accepted or rejected will be notified within a week after the application closes March 7th. 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) 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.

****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.

Other Opportunities

Launchpad Venture Hub

Each week Stanford professors 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. More info (here).

September 24-December 11, 2018
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00pm

January 10, 2019 - June 5, 2019
Thursdays, 1:30-3:00pm

Stanford d.school
Bay Studio, 2nd Floor
(Get directions)

Night Launch

Night Launch will be the first opportunity for Launchpad students 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 6:30pm. You won't want to miss it! 

Apprentice for Launchpad

If you're interested in apprenticing for Launchpad more information coming soon!

 

Meet the Teaching Team

Jeremy Utley, d.school
Perry Klebahn, d.school & ME Design

FAQs

Any questions?

How can I contact the teaching team?

jutley@stanford.edu