Stanford Entrepreneurship Courses

Students at Stanford Graduate School of Business have access to entrepreneurship courses from across the university. Explore below.

Experiential Courses

Experiential courses offer hands-on learning about the process of evaluating new venture opportunities.

Course Title Quarters School
Biodesign Innovation: Concept Development and Implementation SPR GSB
Biodesign Innovation: Needs Finding and Concept Creation WIN GSB
Create a New Venture: From Idea to Launch I SPR GSB
Scaling A Small Business SPR GSB
The Startup Garage: Design AUT GSB
The Startup Garage: Testing and Launch WIN GSB
Design for Extreme Affordability I WIN GSB / SoE /
Design for Extreme Affordability II SPR GSB / SoE /
Hacking for Defense: Solving National Security Issues with the Lean Launchpad SPR SoE
The Lean LaunchPad: Getting Your Lean Startup Off the Ground WIN, SPR SoE
Venture Creation for the Real Economy SPR SoE
LaunchPad: Design and Launch Your Product or Service SPR SoE /
Stanford Climate Ventures AUT, WIN, SPR SoES

Functional Courses

Learn critical functional skills from the perspective of new and growing ventures.

Course Title Quarters School
Product Design and Manufacturing
Advanced Product Design WIN, SPR SoE
Computer-Aided Product Creation AUT, WIN, SPR SoE
Design and Manufacturing AUT, WIN, SPR SoE
Design Theory and Methodology Seminar AUT, WIN, SPR SoE
Engineering Design Entrepreneurship and Innovation AUT SoE
Forecasting for Innovators: Exponential Technologies, Tools and Social Transformation WIN SoE
Foresight and Technological Innovation AUT SoE
Human Values and Innovation in Design AUT SoE
Smart Product Design AUT, WIN SoE
The Magic of Materials and Manufacturing AUT SoE
Creative Gym: A Design Thinking Skills Studio SPR SoE /
d.Leadership WIN SoE /
Design Thinking Studio AUT, WIN, SPR SoE /
Fundamentals of Effective Selling AUT GSB
Global Entrepreneurial Marketing AUT SoE
Tell, Make, Engage: Action Stories for Entrepreneuring AUT, WIN, SPR SoE
Angel and Venture Capital Financing for Entrepreneurs and Investors AUT GSB
Entrepreneurial Finance SPR GSB
Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital WIN GSB
Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital: Partnership for Growth WIN GSB
Intellectual Property: Financial and Strategic Management WIN GSB
Investment Management and Entrepreneurial Finance AUT GSB
Venture Capital SPR SLS
Accounting for Managers and Entrepreneurs AUT, WIN, SPR, SUM SoE
Entrepreneurial Management and Finance SPR SoE
Human Resources
People Operations: From Startup to Scaleup WIN GSB
Patent Law and Strategy for Innovators and Entrepreneurs AUT SoE
Technology Licensing and Commercialization SPR SoE

Industry-Specific Courses

Students can learn about innovating within industries that interest them through these courses.

Course Title Quarters School
The Impact of AI on Productivity and Personal Performance SPR GSB
Designing AI to Cultivate Human Well-Being WIN GSB
Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation AUT GSB
Strategies of Effective Product Management WIN GSB
The Industrialist’s Dilemma WIN GSB
Entrepreneurship in Asian High Tech Industries SPR SoE
Strategy in Technology-Based Companies AUT SoE
Topics in International Technology Management AUT SoE
Health Care
Innovation and Management in Health Care WIN GSB
Leading Strategic Change in the Health Care Industry AUT GSB
Managing Difficult Conversations WIN, SPR GSB
Technology Assessment and Regulation of Medical Devices SPR SoE
Biodesign for Digital Health AUT SoM
Biodesign Fundamentals SPR SoM
Global Leaders and Innovators in Human and Planetary Health AUT, WIN, SPR SoM
Designing for the 2 billion: Leading Innovation in Mental Healthcare WIN SoM
Leading Value Improvement in Health Care Delivery AUT SoM
Strategic Thinking in Action — In Business and Beyond (II) AUT GSB
The Future of the Automobile — Driver Assistance and Automated Driving WIN SoE
The Future of the Automobile — Mobility Entrepreneurship SPR SoE
Clean Energy Opportunities WIN GSB
Entrepreneurial Approaches to Education Reform AUT GSB
Disruptions in Education WIN GSB / GSE
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Education Technology Seminar SPR GSE
Search Funds
Entrepreneurial Acquisition AUT, WIN, SPR GSB
Search Fund Garage SPR GSB
Designing Solutions by Leveraging the Frinky Science of the Human Mind AUT GSB
Family Business WIN GSB
Innovating for Financial Inclusion WIN GSB
Longevity: Business Implications and Opportunities SPR GSB
Sports Business Management WIN GSB
The Future of Cities SPR GSB
The Yin and Yang of Family Business Transitions SPR GSB
Understanding the Trends Transforming the World of Work: Lab for HR Startups WIN GSB
Engineering, Entrepreneurship & Climate Change AUT SoE
FinTech Innovation and the Transformation of Financial Services WIN SSL

Startup Fundamentals Courses

Students gain insight into starting and leading a new business through foundational courses.

Course Title Quarters School
Beyond Disruption: Entrepreneurial Leadership Within Existing Organizations AUT GSB
Creating and Scaling High Potential Ventures in Developing Economies WIN GSB
Designing Solutions for Wicked Problems SPR GSB
Entrepreneurship from Diverse Perspectives AUT GSB
Entrepreneurship: Formation of New Ventures AUT, WIN GSB
Equity By Design: Building Diverse and Inclusive Organizations SPR GSB
POWer: Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset from the Perspective of Women WIN GSB
Product/Market Fit SPR GSB
Designing Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ecosystems and Institutions: Europe v Silicon Valley WIN, SPR SoE
Dynamic Entrepreneurial Strategy SPR SoE
Entrepreneurial Leadership WIN, SPR SoE
Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders’ Seminar AUT, WIN, SPR SoE
Entrepreneurship without Borders AUT SoE
How to Change the World (for the Better) SPR SoM
Principled Entrepreneurial Decisions WIN SoE
Technology Policy, Innovation, and Startup Ecosystems: Japan and Comparative Perspectives SPR SoHS
Technology, Innovation and Modern War: Keeping America’s Edge in an Era of Great Power Competition AUT SoHS

Social Innovation

These courses explore strategies and methods for entrepreneurs to create impact in the world beyond shareholder value.

Course Title Quarters School
Assessing High Impact Business Models in Emerging Markets WIN GSB
Formation of Impact Ventures WIN GSB
Problem Solving for Social Change AUT GSB
Impact: Strategic Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations and Social Ventures SPR GSB / SoE
Impact: Taking Social Innovation to Scale SPR GSB
Design for Extreme Affordability I WIN GSB / SoE /
Design for Extreme Affordability II SPR GSB / SoE /
Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab (SE Lab) AUT, WIN, SPR SoM, SoHS


In these courses, students learn to navigate the challenges associate with rapid growth.

Course Title Quarters School
Building and Managing Professional Sales Organizations WIN, SPR GSB
Conversations in Management AUT, SPR GSB
Managing Growing Enterprises AUT, WIN, SPR GSB