Startup Garage is an intensive, hands-on, project-based course in which student teams design and test new business concepts that address real-world needs.
In Startup Garage, students learn to apply the concepts of design thinking, engineering, finance, and business organization. We help teams identify unmet customer needs, design new products or services that meet those needs, and develop business models to support the creation and launch of those products or services.
Even teams that decide not to move forward with their ventures after the class will learn critical and broadly applicable techniques about starting and launching a venture. Over the two-quarter course, teams will interact extensively with the expert teaching team and a handful of seasoned advisors.
There have been more than 130 successful companies founded by alumni through Startup Garage, with over 2.5 billion dollars in funding raised by alums to date.
Requirements & Eligibility
This course is appropriate for current Stanford students developing both for-profit and nonprofit startups. By the end of the course, teams will have developed, prototyped, and tested a novel product or service, a business model, and a company creation plan. This is a demanding course that pushes students but provides the resources to help them navigate the challenges of implementing an early-stage startup idea.
Startup Garage is currently available only to enrolled Stanford students.