Stanford Graduate School of Business started its first part-time Stanford Ignite certificate program in innovation and entrepreneurship in Bangalore August 10. Aimed at nonbusiness technical professionals, it employs Stanford GSB professors on the ground as well as faculty beamed in from Silicon Valley by high-definition educational technology. The course will teach innovators in India how to formulate, develop, and commercialize their ideas.
Scheduled to take place over nine weeks at the state-of-the-art Infosys corporate campus, the first part-time nondegree program in innovation and entrepreneurship to be offered outside of Stanford, Stanford Ignite-Bangalore has enrolled 41 professionals and meets on weekends and 2-3 evenings each week through October 12. "For this first foray away from our home campus we are leveraging technology to bring our world-class faculty into the classroom with the sophisticated technological capabilities of our host, Infosys," said Yossi Feinberg, faculty director of Stanford Ignite and John G. McCoy-Banc One Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Stanford Ignite classes draw on the same world-class Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty who teach in the MBA Program. Some — like Feinberg and Stanford Graduate School of Business Dean Garth Saloner — will appear in person. Prominent executives and corporate, venture, and angel investors participate as guest speakers, expert panelists, and business mentors to provide candid feedback on team projects.
The site of the first in a series of Stanford Ignite programs to be offered around the globe, the Bangalore program is designed to deliver the same highly personal and innovative instruction that technical professionals and students at Stanford experience. Participants expect to learn core business skills and experience working in a team to evaluate and develop ideas into a business pitch. Stanford Ignite will be offered to a European audience for the first time in Paris through Stanford Ignite-Polytechnique September 19 through November 17, and in China in 2014. The program also is offered at Stanford.
Intended for individuals who do not already have graduate business training, Stanford Ignite participants are currently enrolled students in master's, PhD, MD, or post-doctoral programs studying nonbusiness subjects, or are professionals with a minimum of a bachelor's (BA or BS) degree from a regionally accredited institution.