Check out these programs and other resources for embarking

on an entrepreneurial career path after your postdoc.


Career Resources

Resources for Entrepreneurial and Start-Up Careers 

CDC Website
The CDC website contains resources and information to help you explore and pursue entrepreneurial and start-up careers. This includes info for those considering launching their own ventures, as well as for those seeking employment at a start-up. Navigate to these pages:
CDC homepage | Research Career Fields (on the left-hand nav bar) | Business | Entrepreneurship

e-Newsletter for Students Interested in Business Careers
This biweekly e-newsletter contains resources, job opportunities, event listings and other timely information related to business-oriented careers, both in large established industries and smaller start-ups. Log on to your Cardinal Careers account, go to Profile/Academic/CDC Connect/Student Communities and then subscribe to the Business e-newsletter.

Networking and Informational Interviews: Stanford Career Connect
Currently registered students can find alumni to answer career questions, share advice and provide information. Students access the database at

Stanford Alumni Mentoring
Students and alumni are matched by their interests to form a mentoring relationship involving in-depth discussions over a 6-month period. Students and alumni register at
Students may search on Career Field = Entrepreneur/Start-Up to find mentors who are experienced entrepreneurs. (Undergraduates and Master's students only; we are still building our pool of PhD mentors.)

Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP)

The Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) is the entrepreneurship center at Stanford's School of Engineering. Hosted in the department of Management Science & Engineering, STVP offers courses and entrepreneurship resources for entrepreneurially minded students in the Stanford community.

STVP believes in the importance of A.I.M.S. and its work in assisting postdoctoral scholars in pursuing paths in industry. STVP offers a number of resources that may be of interest to A.I.M.S. members.

Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner (ECorner)
ECorner offers over 2,000 videos and podcasts featuring entrepreneurial thought leaders sharing wisdom and insights from their entrepreneurial experiences. The archive includes luminaries from various sectors including Internet/Web technology, biomedical, education, venture capital and philanthropy.

This mentoring program offers students and postdocs the opportunity to meet one-on-one with industry professionals to gather practical advice on business ideas and entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship Week
Stanford's E-Week is a celebration of all things entrepreneurship. E-Week is presented annually by the Stanford Entrepreneurship Network, offering a wide selection of entrepreneurship panels, workshops, lectures, networking events and career fairs for members of the Stanford community.


"Our mission is to help the most passionate, talented, and innovative Stanford founders develop as entrepreneurs by providing them access to a community, mentors, real time and individualized information, and resources that they need to accelerate the growth of their companies." StartX (formerly SSE Labs) is the premier Stanford Student Startup Accelerator. Headquartered in Aol's Palo Alto offices, StartX, a division of Stanford Student Enterprises, provides a select group of founders and their companies with a community of other like-minded founders, custom real-time education, mentorship from top Silicon Valley industry experts and entrepreneurs, free legal services, workshops, office space and more. StartX takes zero equity and welcomes founders with ideas from any industry.
Important note: Stanford postdocs are eligible to apply for the StartX program!

Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES)

BASES seeks to foster and develop the business potential of Stanford students interested in entrepreneurship. It is the largest entrepreneurship organization at Stanford, and is completely student-run, volunteer driven, and privately funded. All Stanford affiliates (including postdocs) are eligible for the programs below; ETL is open to the public as well:

Entrepreneurship Challenge
E-Challenge is Stanford's annual $50,000 business competition that enables participants to learn about venture formation and explore their entrepreneurial dreams in a supportive environment.

Social Entrepreneurship Challenge
The Social E-Challenge is Stanford's annual $50,000 business competition for entrepreneurial ventures with social and/or environmental change built into the core of their business.

Product Showcase
The BASES Product Showcase will provide a platform for some of the best and brightest ideas and prototypes currently in development at Stanford, with up to $50,000 in total prize money awarded to the best entries.

Forge Accelerator
The BASES Forge Accelerator helps entrepreneurs by providing technical resources -- like free cluster time, software, access to Stanford lab space, and prepaid legal, banking, consulting services -- and up to $20,000 to forge the ideas and prototypes students have been working on in class and in your space into reality.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
The International E-Bootcamp is an all-expenses-paid trip to Stanford University, including food, lodging, and travel for 100 student delegates. We are committed to a conference focused on bringing together students with brilliant ideas from universities around the world with founders, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists for an intensive learning experience.

ETL Speaker Series
Stanford University's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders is a weekly speaker series, cohosted by BASES and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), that brings innovation leaders from business, finance, technology, education, and philanthropy, to share their insights with aspiring entrepreneurs from all over the world.


Stanford Office of Technology Licensing (OTL)

About OTL
The Office of Technology Licensing was established in 1970 to transfer technologies developed at Stanford. Find out
more about OTL's history, mission, staff, and statistics or plan a visit. Information for Inventors and for Industry is also available.

What we do
We typically begin the licensing process by reviewing an invention with the inventors to learn about potential applications. We then develop a licensing strategy, consider the technical and market risks, and decide whether to patent the invention. Together with the inventors, we try to find companies that might be interested in the invention and seek a product champion within a company before negotiating a licensing agreement. Although patentable inventions constitute the majority of OTL's licensing activities, we also handle copyright (software), Tangible Research Property (TRP), and outgoing Material Transfer Agreements for biological materials.

Best practices for student entrepreneurial courses: what you must know
This document provides basic guidelines to faculty, students and the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) for inventions developed as a result of entrepreneurial courses taught at Stanford. Examples of ''incidental use'' and ''more than incidental use'' are explained.

TechFinder lists all the inventions available for licensing. Entrepreneurs can search the site by technologies or inventors to find interesting entrepreneurial opportunities.

Stanford biodesign

The mission of Biodesign is to train students, fellows and faculty in the Biodesign Process: a systematic approach to needs finding and the invention and implementation of new biomedical technologies. Key components of the program include Biodesign Innovation Fellowships; classes in medtech innovation; mentoring of students and faculty in the technology transfer process; career services for students interested in medtech careers; and community educational events.

Biodesign also works closely with the Stanford Office of Technology and Licensing and Spectrum, the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research to help accelerate the delivery of new technologies into patient care.

European Entrepreneurship and Innovation Thought Leaders

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to announce its upcoming course European Entrepreneurship and Innovation Thought Leaders (ME421) during Winter Quarter 2012. Offered on Monday afternoons at 4:15-5:30 pm, ME421 will present CEOs/founders of leading European startup companies, venture capital firms, technology corporations and university incubators including Angry Birds/Rovio, SeedCamp and the new German Accelerator in Silicon Valley. Stanford is partnering with several European national and regional governments - including Estonia, Norway, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria Regions (Germany) - to offer this unique view into the state of entrepreneurship, venture capital and technology innovation in Western, Nordic, Central and Eastern Europe. Sectors covered will include IT/software, clean tech (energy, environment and semiconductors), medical devices and life sciences, accelerators, incubators and venture capital.

ME421 is a 1-unit pass/fail Elective Course open to postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students in Engineering, Medicine, Business, Law, Humanities & Sciences, Education and other Stanford schools. The course is also open to the public. No prerequisites. Please contact Course Director Dr. Burton Lee ([email protected]) for additional information. The course website is available at


What is Bio-X?
Bio-X is Stanford's pioneering interdisciplinary biosciences program. This program brings together biomedical and
life science researchers, clinicians, engineers, physicists, and computational scientists to unlock the secrets of the human body. Rather than study cells and tissues in isolation, Bio-X investigators work to understand entire organ systems in all their complexity.

Who is affiliated with Bio-X?
Over 500 Stanford faculty from the Schools of Humanities & Sciences, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Law, and Medicine, representing 60+ departments.

What are Bio-X's programs?
Seed Grants for Success (Interdisciplinary Initiatives Program) - Bio-X NeuroVentures Program - Bio-X Graduate Student and Postdoc Fellowships - Bio-X Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships in Human Health - Bio-X Undergraduate Research Awards - Bio-X Travel Awards. To contact us about how to get involved with the different Bio-X programs, please go to this link:

What is the Bio-X Corporate Forum Program?
A networking portal for industry companies to create stronger and lasting relationships with Stanford faculty. Opportunities for companies include symposia/seminars/mixers, customized technical summits, faculty liaison, and more!

Bio-X is facilitated by the James H. Clark Center, which comprises the equipment, resources and utilities required to conduct breakthrough research at the cutting edge of engineering, science, and medicine. To learn more about Bio-X, please visit our website at