First Stanford Ignite Innovation Program Will Launch in London

Faculty will beam into Canary Wharf for part-time program in innovation and entrepreneurship.

December 04, 2014



Stanford GSB faculty beam into Bangalore via high-definition video conference for Stanford Ignite. | Helen Chang/Stanford GSB

Stanford Graduate School of Business will launch its first Stanford Ignite certificate program in London in September 2015. The 10-week, part-time program will teach innovators how to formulate, develop, and commercialize their ideas. Leveraging high-definition distance technology, the program will be held at Canary Wharf in London, with both faculty on the ground and Stanford professors beamed in from Silicon Valley. The deadline for applications is May 19, 2015.

For Technical Professionals and STEM Graduate Students

Logo that reads Stanford Business Ignite-London

The Stanford Ignite-London program is designed to deliver the same kind of immersive, innovative, and hands-on instruction that working professionals and graduate students at Stanford experience. It provides exposure to both the fundamentals of management and the practical aspects of identifying, evaluating, and moving business ideas forward. It is aimed at participants with strong scientific, medical, or technical backgrounds who do not have an advanced degree in business.

Educational Technology Beams Faculty in from Silicon Valley

Participants are taught by Stanford business faculty in London as well as as those beamed in from Silicon Valley through high-definition video technology. Infosys will host the program at its Canary Wharf teleconference facility, using its high-definition distance video technology to deliver seamless teaching sessions from California to London. During the program, which runs from September 25 to December 6, 2015, participants will engage with faculty and each other in interactive sessions and group projects. Infosys also has hosted the Stanford Ignite-Bangalore program in India.

“This is a program for those who are planning to start a new venture, as well as for intrapreneurs -individuals who wish to bring innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to their current role within a company,” said Stanford Ignite faculty director Yossi Feinberg, John G. McCoy-Banc One Corporation Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business. “It provides graduate students, innovators, scientists, and engineers from leading companies the essential toolset for creating impactful ventures.”

More Than 100 Companies

In aggregate, Stanford Ignite participants have started more than 100 successful companies since the program was introduced at Stanford in 2006. The London program is one of seven Stanford Ignite programs available in innovation hubs around the globe to enable audiences outside of Silicon Valley to tap into Stanford’s distinctive approach to teaching entrepreneurship and management. It is now offered in Bangalore, Beijing, Paris, New York, London, and Santiago (Chile), as well as at Stanford.

The non-degree program in London, which costs US$10,000, will be held every other week on Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday from September to December 2015. Lessons will include approximately 200 hours of training, including 100 hours spent on participants’ own venture projects. Participants will develop their projects by working closely with experienced mentors and panels of industry experts from both Silicon Valley and the New York area who will provide real-world feedback.

The program draws on the same world-class business faculty who teach in Stanford’s MBA Program, which is infused with the culture and practice of innovation that pervades Stanford University and Silicon Valley.

The London program will accept up to 50 participants. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Stanford Ignite certificate.

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