Stanford Graduate School of Business Launches Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program for Post-9/11 Veterans

Applications for on-campus “Stanford Ignite” program accepted until April 13.

STANFORD, Calif.--()--Recent U.S. veterans now have an opportunity to participate in a Stanford program that will bolster their know-how about innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as support their transition to civilian life. This summer, Stanford Graduate School of Business will offer its four-week, on-campus “Stanford Ignite” program exclusively for post-9/11 veterans. The full-time program runs from June 22 through July 17, 2014, and prospective participants can access a downloadable application for submission by April 13.

According to Stanford Ignite faculty director Yossi Feinberg, the program is designed for individuals who wish to bring innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to their day-to-day jobs, and for those who are planning to start a new venture. A member of the Navy SEALs initially approached Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) about the program, explains Feinberg, and the school realized it would be an excellent fit for an even broader base of former U.S. military service members.

“Members of the U.S. armed forces are constantly facing challenges that engage their leadership and problem-solving skills, and that’s just the kind of mindset that entrepreneurs need to be successful — whether they’re starting a new company or working within a larger organization,” he observes.

The Stanford Ignite curriculum teaches participants how to formulate, develop, and commercialize ideas, while providing instruction in core business skills and experience working in teams to evaluate and transform ideas into actionable business plans. Since the program was introduced in 2007, Stanford Ignite participants have started over 100 successful companies.

Stanford Ignite draws on the same Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty who teach in the school’s MBA program. “Program participants will have the opportunity to interact closely with — and actually practice the concepts taught by — my colleagues, who are leading experts in their respective fields, such as entrepreneurship, finance, negotiation, marketing, and others,” says Feinberg.

The program for post-9/11 veterans will also feature additional components such as career advising, visits at 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.

Up to 30 offers of admission will be made on a rolling basis until applications close on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The required application components include a resume, a series of short essays, and two letters of recommendation.

Stanford GSB is offering the Stanford Ignite program in partnership with the COMMIT Foundation, which focuses on veteran career transition, and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Care Coalition, which advocates for Special Operations Forces (SOF) veterans and their families. For more information about the program, including tuition and fees, contact

About Stanford Ignite

Stanford Ignite, a hands-on program offered by Stanford Graduate School of Business, brings Stanford’s distinctive approach to teaching entrepreneurship and management to individuals throughout the world. Stanford Ignite brings together participants from a broad range of backgrounds and gives them the knowledge and direction they need to innovate and take their ideas to the next level. Stanford Ignite is offered on the Stanford campus; in Santiago, Chile; in Bangalore, India; and in Paris, France. It will be available in Beijing, China, in fall 2014.


Stanford Graduate School of Business
Katie Pandes, 650-724-9152

Release Summary

Post-9/11 veterans can now apply for a Stanford certificate program on innovation and entrepreneurship, to be held June 22 through July 17, 2014.


Stanford Graduate School of Business
Katie Pandes, 650-724-9152