Acquire the business fundamentals and the hands-on experience needed to turn your ideas into ventures in an eight-week, part-time program.

Stanford Ignite – Part-Time is the ultimate in learning by doing. The eight-week, part-time program culminates with a presentation and feedback session with venture capitalists, angel investors, industry experts, and experienced entrepreneurs. You will engage directly with Stanford GSB faculty during real-time lectures and Q&A sessions focused on the fundamentals of business. Participants can immediately apply new learnings by working on a team venture project with fellow innovators and receive ongoing small-group feedback from the faculty director, entrepreneurial mentors, and communication coaches.

Key Benefits

Stanford Ignite is a certificate program that provides the business fundamentals to succeed at any entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial venture.

  • Learn fundamental business concepts from core business frameworks to tactical skills.
  • Reinforce and apply lessons learned by working on a team to develop a new product or service.
  • Improve communication, elevator pitch, and presentation skills in a daylong communications bootcamp.
  • Present your idea and get robust feedback from venture capitalists, angel investors, industry experts, and experienced entrepreneurs.

Who Should Attend?

  • Graduate students currently pursuing a master’s, MD, PhD, or post-doc program in a nonbusiness field
  • Professionals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and some professional experience
  • Those with formal graduate business training (e.g., MBA) or extensive managerial experience to be reviewed on a case-by-base basis

12 Jan 2025 – 06 Mar 2025

In-Person | Stanford, CA | US $14,950


17 Oct 2024

Payment Information

Stanford Grad Students & Postdocs

The rate for currently enrolled Stanford graduate students (master’s, PhD, JD, MD) and postdoctoral scholars is $1,525.

Stanford alumni and staff are not eligible to receive the current student rate. Graduated students who were enrolled in the immediate quarter prior to the program start date remain eligible.

The cost of attendance includes course materials, program events, and some meals.

Awarded Upon completion

Certificate of completion


Kelsey Carlson
Associate Director, Ignite Programs Executive Education
Information Session

Information Session

Associate Director Kelsey Carlson discusses the Stanford Ignite – Part-Time program with some past participants at the 2024 information session.

Learn More About the Program

Explore our carefully designed curriculum, and go deeper with select course descriptions or a sample schedule.

Review all eligibility requirements, and learn about the application process.

Learn more about our past participants, and find out if the program is right for you.

Faculty Leadership

Yossi Feinberg
The Adams Distinguished Professor of Management and Professor of Economics

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