GIC Innovation Accelerator (iX) Program

Innovate: Ideate and Collaborate 

Designed around the Stanford Center for Professional Development Idea to Market curriculum, the program drives innovative thinking around cutting edge business and product practices to launch disruptive new ventures in startups, corporations, and government entities alike.

Agile entrepreneurship is a learned skill. A practical, hands-on approach to learning the skills necessary to bring new business ideas to fruition, inside a company, or through a startup.  For the first time ever, this unique 10-week, (online and in-person) program blends experiential learning, live teaching, teamwork and online content created by the Stanford Center for Professional Development, integrating the phases of realizing a new idea from concept development, through planning and execution.

Skills. Accelerate. Success.

Decades of Silicon Valley innovation expertise along with local mentorship, and world class in-person workshops to create an unparalleled entrepreneurial experience for a cohort of 12 teams (48 participants comprised of students, entrepreneurs, medium/large corporate executives and government representatives). 

Experiential learning with hands-on experience via a team-oriented, cohort-based program  that surrounds participants with the best local mentors and speakers, and is connected to a global network of innovation experts.       

Receive a Certificate of Completion in the I2M Program from the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

Be part of a growing, integrated GIC network of like-minded innovators that are building disruptive new businesses, launching new products within existing companies, or developing new initiatives within large organizations or governments.

Imagination. Ideas. Innovation. 

The Idea to Market curriculum is a comprehensive understanding of how to design and launch a new venture, from concept formation and assessment, to business model design, marketing, product development, financial modeling, and investment structuring.   

The Idea to Market course components:

The course begins by assessing the viability of a new business idea and developing a business concept.

We then teach you to see the big picture and visualize the impact potential for this new business idea to stay focused on the core.

From there, the focus shifts to the go-to-market, product development, and financial strategies, all founded on the principles of running a data-driven organization using metrics and measurable milestones.

The final component of the course addresses the leading practices and techniques used in pitching and articulating a new venture within an organization (public or private) or outside of it.

Program structure: Details

The People behind The Course

The content and curriculum of this course was created with decades of experience in entrepreneurship education by Stanford professors whose graduate courses have resulted in the formation of hundreds of companies.

Ray E. Levitt

Dr. Ray Levitt is the Academic Director of the Stanford Idea to Market Program. He is the Kumagai Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus and Founder and Director of the Global Projects Center (GPC) at Stanford University. Dr. Levitt's current research, conducted through GPC, is aimed at developing new financing, governance and organizational approaches to enhance the long-term financial, environmental and social sustainability of these critically needed, but institutionally challenging, projects. In recognition of this work, he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as a Commissioner of the California Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission (PIAC) in 2008 and served as a Commissioner of PIAC from 2008-2013. Before joining Stanford in 1980, Dr. Levitt served on the MIT civil engineering faculty. He also served as a consultant to many Fortune 500 and global companies in the design of project/matrix organization structures and work processes. Currently, he teaches classes in organization design and entrepreneurship for global project/matrix organizations. Dr. Levitt founded and served as Academic Director of the Stanford Advanced Project Management (SAPM) executive education certificate program. SAPM has awarded more than 6,000 certificates to mid-career professionals in a wide variety of industry sectors since its inception in 1999. He was elected a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as Chair of Stanford’s Faculty Senate from 2012-2013.

Mike Lyons

Mr. Lyons is the Founding Managing Director of NewLine Ventures, LLC, a management consulting firm with large corporate clients such as EY and Moog Aerospace. From 2008 to 2011, he also served as a Venture Partner with the Paladin Capital Group in Washington, D.C. and as a Venture Partner for ePlanet Ventures I and II. He was also a co-founder and General Partner of Zilkha Venture Partners. Concurrently, Mr. Lyons is an Adjunct Professor at the Stanford University Departments of Management Science and Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Serving in the Stanford position since 1988, he was a co-developer of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the founding professor of Technology Venture Formation. He is the co-creator of the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship two-week program for existing high-tech companies produced and managed by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). He is a co-founder of the Ratio Academy focused on creating training platforms for entrepreneurial education. Mr. Lyons received a Bachelor’s and Master’s (equivalent) in Engineering Physics from Cornell University, an MSEE from Stanford, did Ph.D. research in Aero/Astro at Stanford (abd) and an MBA, with Distinction, from the Pepperdine Presidential/Key Executive Program. He is a graduate of the Stanford/AEA Institute for the Management of High Technology Companies and a Price-Babson Fellow in Entrepreneurship Education.

Pedram Mokrian

Adjunct Professor, Stanford University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Lecturer, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Pedram is driven by re-imagining how digital technologies will help address the challenges of global urbanization. He is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and a Lecturer at the Haas School of business at UC Berkeley, where he teaches and advises entrepreneurs and global 1000 companies alike on the topics of entrepreneurship, business model disruption, and technology innovation strategy. He was previously a Principal at Mayfield, one of Silicon Valley’s most storied venture capital firms, where he was part of the investment team with over $3.5B assets under management. Pedram is a founding Partner of the Ratio Academy, New Line Ventures, and an Entrepreneur in Residence at General Electric. In his various roles, he focuses on accelerating the development of new venture efforts, seeking out entrepreneurs who are equally passionate around the applications of machine intelligence, connected systems, data analytics, and the internet of things (IoT). He serves as a mentor or advisor to a number of start-ups, innovation incubators, including the Texas Medical Center Innovation Center and Innovation Labs, and serves on the advisory board of Phillips66.He received his Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford and had a brief and exciting stint in the Commodities Trading group at CreditSuisse.

Michael D. Lepech

Michael Lepech is an Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment and co-director of the Center for Sustainable Development & Global Competitiveness (SDGC) at Stanford. Professor Lepech serves as academic director for a number of entrepreneurship, innovation, and venture capital programs at Stanford University. These include entrepreneurship and innovations programs offered in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Michael joined the Stanford University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering (Materials) from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, and his MBA in strategy and finance from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he has founded or co-founded three startups related to new material technologies for the built environment, and served as an advisor to a number of Silicon Valley startups.

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