Stanford Graduate School of Business to Launch Innovative Leadership Program for High-Growth Startup Leaders and Founders

Known as dy/dx, the program is a new collaboration between Stanford GSB and top venture capital firms.

STANFORD, Calif.--()--This summer, Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) is launching a unique four-week residential program that will bring together some of the most promising entrepreneurs from around the world with preeminent faculty, experienced investors, and business leaders. The program, called Stanford dy/dx, is an immersive, fast-paced leadership and business education experience that will prepare participants to successfully develop and lead a rapidly growing enterprise.

“At Stanford GSB, we have an entrepreneurial mindset that makes innovation and transformation possible,” said Jonathan Levin, the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business. “This program gives participants access to the world-class education that Stanford GSB offers, and it will also allow the GSB to educate startup teams and be involved with some of the world’s most innovative new companies.”

Garth Saloner, dy/dx faculty co-director and the Botha-Chan Professor of Economics, remarked: “dy/dx will bring some of the world’s best startup teams into the Stanford GSB community. Our goal is to equip them with the knowledge and capabilities to address the issues they are currently facing, while preparing them to lead their companies as they grow and scale. None of this would have been possible without the support of our venture allies – Accel, Index Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. Not only have they played a crucial role in shaping the program and identifying participating companies, but they will also be part of the content delivery.”

Anne Beyer, dy/dx faculty co-director and the Staehelin Family Professor of Accounting, added: “We developed dy/dx with the specific needs of founding teams in mind. Drawing from the experiential learning techniques taught in GSB’s degree programs, the content of the dy/dx curriculum as well as the program schedule are uniquely suited for high-growth startup teams as they continue their entrepreneurship journey. We hope that the relationships participants build through this program will allow them to support each other during their time here and beyond.”

In a shared statement from Accel, Index Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital, the dy/dx venture allies expressed: “dy/dx will push entrepreneurs to develop the business acumen needed to thrive in an increasingly complex and competitive landscape. It has been a pleasure partnering with Stanford GSB on this initiative and we look forward to making the program come to life this summer.”

Stanford GSB will be welcoming teams from about 25 high-growth companies that encompass both consumer- and enterprise-facing products. They come from domestic and international destinations including Europe, Australia, and South America. In addition to participating in the program curriculum, dy/dx startup teams will receive investment in their ventures.

About Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) is developing the next generation of principled global leaders. Since 1925, Stanford GSB has been delivering rigorous and experiential management education combined with personal development and leadership that has the power to change both careers and lives. Stanford GSB’s faculty are empowered to design and discover original research that pushes the boundaries of knowledge. The school’s diverse programs include the 2-year MBA program; 1-year Master of Science program for experienced leaders (MSx); PhD program; Executive Education; Stanford LEAD, an online certificate program; and Stanford Seed, a Stanford GSB-led initiative that partners with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives.

About dy/dx

Hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business in collaboration with top venture capital firms, dy/dx is a new four-week summer program aimed at expanding the leadership and business skills of some of the world’s most promising startup teams. The name, dy/dx, highlights one of the core purposes of the program – to help startup teams grow in their leadership capacity through this transformational, one-of-a-kind experience.


Elizabeth Lee, Stanford Graduate School of Business,



Elizabeth Lee, Stanford Graduate School of Business,