Stanford Ignite – Post-9/11 Veterans

Stanford Ignite participants

Stanford Ignite now has an offering for recent U.S. veterans to bolster their know-how about innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as support their transition to civilian life.

This full-time program is exclusively for Post-9/11 veterans and uses the same curriculum as our global Stanford Ignite offerings. It also features components such as career advising, visits to local Bay Area companies, and sessions with hiring managers. Stanford GSB alumni veterans will be actively engaged as mentors, guest speakers, and panelists evaluating student presentations.

Stanford Ignite for Post-9/11 Veterans
Powering Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Participants in the Stanford Ignite – Post-9/11 Veterans program share what makes this program essential to entrepreneurial success.


U.S. Post-9/11 veterans are eligible to apply.

If you have an MBA, graduate degree in management, and/or extensive managerial training, you are not eligible to apply.

Time Commitment

Stanford Ignite provides approximately 100 classroom hours and 100 to 150 project hours. It requires a 100% time commitment for the duration of the program. Admitted applicants must be able to attend all sessions.


The cost of attendance includes housing (single-occupancy), course materials, program events, and some meals.

Tuition for Post-9/11 Veterans Offering
2017 US $2,000*

*Stanford Ignite – Post-9/11 Veterans is subsidized by the generous donations of dedicated Stanford GSB alumni.


Submit your application as early as possible. To be considered for admission, your application must include:

  • Current resume
  • A series of short essays
  • Two recommendations submitted via the application website

Applications will not be accepted after the published deadline.


Past Participant Spotlight
President, Karakoram Group
Stanford Ignite

The most important thing I took away from the program was the impression that being an entrepreneur is totally within my reach. It's a hard climb, a risky climb even, but Stanford Ignite gave me new tools and new ways of applying those tools that are already paying off and already driving performance in my new venture.


Past Participant Spotlight
Kenya Team Leader, Nuru International
Stanford Ignite

This program was transformative. Not only did I gain a better understanding of key analytical processes, I was also introduced to design thinking and other fundamental business functions - such as marketing, human resources, and strategic planning. I have already applied so much of what I learned at Stanford to streamline our operations here in Kenya, equipping more farmers to leave extreme poverty, forever.