Stanford Offers Free Webinar on Startups Featuring NovoEd CEO

Webinar marks one year since launch of the online Stanford Certificate Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

September 10, 2013

Entrepreneurs and innovators can often learn from the experience of others who have traveled a similar road. As part of its online Certificate Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Stanford will offer a free, interactive webinar conversation on September 18. Content will focus on the 21st century online student learning experience and NovoEd, a new learning environment startup launched by a Stanford faculty member.

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Amin Saberi

School of Engineering Professor and Cofounder and CEO of NovoEd, Amin Saberi

Hosted by Stanford School of Engineering professor Robert Sutton, the webinar will center on a discussion with NovoEd CEO and cofounder Amin Saberi, who is also an associate professor in the Stanford School of Engineering (currently on leave).

Saberi will discuss his journey from experimenting with a single entrepreneurship class that — to his amazement — drew over 35,000 students to developing the NovoEd learning environment, which now offers classes from multiple institutions. He will discuss how NovoEd built its startup team, secured funding, and now manages the day-to-day challenges of leading a growing company. He will talk about how NovoEd creates classrooms for thousands of students from around the globe and the methods used to help students collaborate in local and international teams.

Available to anyone, anywhere in the world, the webinar, How a Stanford Engineering Professor Engineered a Startup, will take place 10 to 11 am Pacific Time (1 to 2 pm Eastern Time).

The new webinar marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the online Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, which offered its first course in September 2012. Participants may enroll in just a single course or earn the professional certificate from Stanford by completing any 8 of 12 courses. Online courses include:

Professionals around the world are able to access Stanford faculty and Silicon Valley experts as they learn essential skills and effective strategies for working in and managing innovative organizations. An engaging digital experience has been developed by the Stanford Center for Professional Development at the School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Business to deliver the course content.

Registration is open for the first seven courses. Tuition is $995 for each course. Related resources, including free webinars, are available to all.

Courses are taught by Stanford faculty, drawing on instructors from the Graduate School of Business, the School of Engineering, and the d.school, as well as Silicon Valley industry leaders, using highly interactive and occasionally unconventional methods. The online certificate program is led by faculty directors Robert Sutton, a professor of management science and engineering at the School of Engineering, and Hayagreeva Rao, professor of organizational behavior and human resources at the Graduate School of Business.

Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as professionals from startups, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit teams, and the public sector, will find the program to be practical and impactful. Given the level of material, participants must be fluent in written and spoken English. Participants will develop the skills to become catalysts for change as they learn how to foster innovation throughout their organizations. Whether this is someone’s first class in innovation or a chance to cultivate a deeper understanding and practice of innovation, participants will learn how to use innovative thinking for personal and professional success.

By Barbara Buell

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