Will this program help me get a job at Google or Facebook?
How do I meet recruiters for start-ups and large tech companies this summer?
What is the lean startup model and how does it apply to launching an idea?
What is design thinking and how does it apply to launching an idea?
If I am deeply interested in the lean startup methodology or design thinking, how do I learn more or take classes?
Of course, it is important to learn more as you explore these concepts. For those who want to learn more before SVIA, there are several options. If you want to learn more about the Lean Methodology, visit Steve Blank’s website and read his frequent postings. You can also take his Udacity course, “How to Build a Startup: The Lean LaunchPad.” For design thinking, IDEO.org has a free online course offered through Acumen. They focus on design thinking to address needs in the developing world. IDEO is offering a short online course called Insights for Innovation, and the Darden School at UVA offers an online course in design thinking.
What is the design lab like?
What is involved with the Ecosystem Visits?
How does the time commitment change week to week?
Should I participate in SVIA if I’m already in ENGR 145 Technology Entrepreneurship?
While both experiences will offer a hands-on experience on concept development in an entrepreneurial setting, the emphasis for each is different. SVIA is a not for credit program which is complementary to ENGR 145 and emphasizes the application of design thinking methodology to the creation and launching of a startup idea. It is structured as a competition and has program facilitators who guide students through topical events and workshops. ENGR 145 is for Stanford credit and is for undergraduates of all majors who seek to understand and apply the principles of formation, growth and fundraising of successful high-impact start-ups in areas such as information, energy, medical and consumer technologies. ENGR 145 is taught by Stanford Faculty and high profile guest speakers who provide organizational and personal tools for those who are interested in a career in entrepreneurship.
While it is possible to do both, and we appreciate your entrepreneurial spirit, it’s important to note that the two experiences bear certain similarities that may make dual participation difficult to balance. Both the course and the program involve small group work — not with the same small group — and require a considerable investment of time and energy. Although ENGR 145 is a college course that carries academic credit, SVIA is an exclusive extra-curricular opportunity that provides hands-on experience in developing innovative ideas. The focuses are similar, and the combined workload might be a bit overwhelming. We ask that you carefully weigh your options, and select one or the other of these entrepreneurial opportunities for Summer 2017. That said, the teaching team of E145 is open to having a team taking both courses to use the same project for both, thereby reducing the overall workload compared to a team taking both courses and using different projects.
More information is available on ENGR 145 here: https://e145.stanford.edu/