Stanford Graduate School of Business launches first UK-based programme

World-famous Californian college starts search for British entrepreneurial talent.

Silicon Valley-based Stanford Graduate School of Business is launching its first-ever UK-based teaching programme in London, the institution has announced.

The Stanford Ignite programme is a 10-week course based in London and will be aimed at innovative individuals with an interest in science and technology. It is intended to give these students a grounding in how to monetise their ideas.

The part-time course will incorporate both remote teaching from California and in-person sessions to be held in a Canary Wharf base. Building and growing a business, making innovative technology ideas commercial and installing a “Silicon Valley” culture will be key components of the teaching programme.

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A limited number of full scholarships are available for the course, which will cost a little over £6,000. Admittance will be decided by an application process. Successful candidates will receive teaching from renowned business experts as well as a mentoring programme from UK entrepreneurs with global influence.

Stanford was established in 1925 and last year was ranked as the top US course in the US World and News Report listings. It was also ranked second globally by the Financial Times in 2014. As of September 2014 the school has awarded 31,917 degrees. Famous Stanford alumni include both founders of Hewlett & Packard and Ted Danson. John F Kennedy dropped out of the MBA course in 1942.

Bethany Coates, assistant dean for Global Innovations Programs at Stanford Graduate School of Business, said the UK’s “rich history of science and innovation” made it the natural choice to host the programme.

“We hope that by marrying this with our well-known business acumen and Silicon Valley thinking, we can really help to develop nascent ventures and new lines of business within existing corporations,” she said.

“If you are a talented individual with science and technology experience, who has been sitting on a promising idea, this programme provides a vital toolkit.”

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Praseeda Nair

Praseeda Nair

Praseeda was Editor for from 2016 to 2018.

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