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Stanford Ignite – Polytechnique

Stanford Ignite Europe-based program is offered in partnership with École Polytechnique, one of Europe’s finest schools of engineering and science and one of the leading grandes écoles in France.

Through a combination of in-person instruction as well as live sessions delivered by distance-learning technology, we are able to offer Stanford Ignite to innovators around the globe.

In Paris, France, Stanford Ignite - Polytechnique is offered as a part-time program using the same curriculum as the Stanford campus program.


Graduate Students

Current graduate students (master’s, MD, PhD, or post-doc) may apply. Applicants must be studying nonbusiness fields; MBAs or other graduate management students are not eligible.


A minimum of a BA or BS degree (advanced degree preferred) and some professional experience is required. Participants must be able to attend all sessions. Applicants with MBAs, graduate degrees in management, and/or extensive managerial training are not eligible.


This fee includes tuition, course materials, some meals, and program events.

  • 2014 tuition: US $10,000


Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all materials as soon as possible. To be considered for admission, a complete application will include:

  • Online application form, resume, and a series of short essays
  • Two letters of recommendation

Applications will not be accepted after the published application deadline.

Past Participant Spotlight
Stanford Ignite

After several years of clinical practice, I wanted to learn the principles of innovation and entrepreneurship to become better equipped to create much needed change in health care. Stanford Ignite - Polytechnique taught me core business principles and helped me understand the process of developing a venture. This program has empowered me with entrepreneurial concepts and business skills, which will help me bring my ideas to fruition.

Past Participant Spotlight
Senior Product Manager, Google
Stanford Ignite

The Stanford Ignite - Polytechnique program equipped me with everything I expected, and more. I am already applying the business concepts and skills I learned from Stanford Ignite - Polytechnique to my current job.