Stanford Venture Studio
The Stanford Venture Studio is a vibrant learning facility for Stanford graduate students across all disciplines who want to learn about designing and creating sustainable, high-impact ventures by testing what they are learning in the classroom. The Stanford Venture Studio provides a supportive, resourced environment, where students benefit from being immersed in the Stanford entrepreneurial community.
What does the Stanford Venture Studio offer?
Stanford graduate students can benefit from the Stanford Venture Studio in two ways:
- COMMUNITY PROGRAMS: Participate in workshops, advising sessions, and other events. Join our mailing list to hear about upcoming opportunities.
- RESIDENT PROGRAMS: Apply to be a Resident of the Stanford Venture Studio and gain access to a daily practice and community space. Learn more and apply here.
Both options offer the benefit of elbow-to-elbow interaction with fellow entrepreneurial graduate students and connections with the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem, including experienced entrepreneurs, investors, practitioners and faculty.
Who can participate?
Graduate students from across the Stanford campus are encouraged to participate. And we mean it when we say ALL graduate students: computer science, humanities, engineering, medicine, law, and so forth! Diversity and breadth of experience, knowledge and interest creates our rich dynamic learning environment.
Events and programs at the Venture Studio include: advising with experienced entrepreneurs, small group sessions with Stanford alumni, intimate VC practice pitch sessions, regular peer-to-peer coaching, practical skill workshops and social activities to foster community connections.
"The venture studio came at a critical time in our company's development. Our team had been working on this idea for 4 months and needed to finally come together under a more formalized support framework. The Stanford Venture Studio provided critical guidance and credibility for ALICE." - Rene Morkos, ALICE
"Being around the dedicated staff of the CES and fellow motivated entrepreneurs has made us better. While the resources (e.g. workshops and connections) available to us are immense, it is the helpfulness and responsiveness of the community to even the smallest requests that makes the Venture Studio so special." - Fisayo Ositelu, Therapeia Health
"Venture Studio provides a tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurs like us. In addition to providing a working space, it brings valuable advisers and speakers, who helps us at each step of the entrepreneurial journey, from product development to fund-raising to scaling. It also develops a strong community of entrepreneurs who are always available to share their own learning." - Abhishek Poddar, RentZeal
"For our team, being a part of the Venture Studio has been transformational because of the incredibly relevant early-stage-startup speakers, the assistance and support of the other residents for feedback and beta testing, and the general resources that we’re able to leverage (office space, supplies in the CoLab). We’re moving extremely quickly, so we’re here every single day (including weekends), and without the Venture Studio we wouldn’t have made nearly as much progress as we’ve been able to in 6 weeks." - Mike Molinet, Kindred
"Our project has been highly benefited by being part of the Venture Studio. The daily interaction with an excepcional community of smart people wanting to change the world and always willing to help, has made us reconsider many aspects of our initial idea and reshape the project to better fit the needs of our customers. We are extremely proud and grateful to be part of the Venture Studio and we hope to continue being part of this amazing group of entrepreneurs" - Fernando Zavala, Alza
“I believe it has been a major contributor to our productivity and our great team dynamics” - Bastiaan, LifeSwap
Read stories from both current and previous teams at our Spotlight on the Stanford Venture Studio.