Silicon Valley is synonymous with a culture of IT-focused startups, venture capital, viral products, and billion-dollar “unicorn” valuations. But many worthwhile ventures are not fit to be a venture-backed startup, fueled by Silicon Valley’s unique mix of high-risk venture capital and initial public offering headlines. These ventures often exploit emerging materials science, engineering, medical, and IT technologies to radically apply innovation to the real economy, thereby producing real economic value for society as well as for the entrepreneurs.
Building upon Silicon Valley venture concepts, this Graduate Certificate guides students through key elements of new venture creation for the real economy, including identifying opportunities, developing business plans, determining funding sources, developing products and services, and managing innovation. You will leave with the knowledge and network to successfully launch impactful business ideas, governmental initiatives, and nonprofit entities, a number of which have been started from the classes included in this program.
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Venture Creation for the Real Economy is one of four tracks in the Graduate Certificate in Civil and Environmental Engineering. You may also be interested in these tracks:
What You Need to Get Started
Before enrolling in your first graduate course, you must complete an online application.
Don’t wait! While you can only enroll in courses during open enrollment periods, you can complete your online application at any time.
Once you have enrolled in a course, your application will be sent to the department for approval. You will receive an email notifying you of the department's decision after the enrollment period closes. You can also check your application status in your mystanfordconnection account at any time.
Learn more about the graduate application process.
What You'll Earn
Civil and Environmental Engineering: Venture Creation for the Real Economy Graduate Certificate from Stanford University.
With each successful completion of a course in this program, you’ll earn Stanford University transcripts and academic credit, which may be applied to a relevant graduate degree that accepts these credits. You may transfer up to 18 units of these credits to an applicable Stanford University master’s degree (pending approval from the academic department.)
To earn the certificate, you will need to:
- Earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course