The Stanford Ecopreneurship Program, launched through the Benioff Ecopreneur Fund, seeks to accelerate the global transition toward sustainability by showing sustainability entrepreneurs how to effectively scale solutions.
The program will enable entrepreneurs to build public, private, and non-profit sector organizations that prioritize sustainable solutions.
In an announcement published on the Stanford GSB website, Stanford president, Marc Tessier–Lavigne, said “The Stanford Ecopreneurship program will support a new generation of sustainability leaders and problem solvers in launching new solutions to the climate crisis.”
The Stanford Ecopreneurship Program is designed to help sustainability entrepreneurs overcome emerging challenges. It aims to provide students with a platform to action their learning through action-based projects, opportunities for mentoring and coaching.
“Through innovative entrepreneurship, we cease to merely dream of a sustainable future; we create it, delivered by the hands of these new age ecopreneurs,” added Marc Benioff, co-creator of the Benioff Ecopreneur Fund.
He and his wife, Lynne Benioff, envisioned the program to create opportunities for students who want to make a global impact.
The program is based on Stanford GSB’s curriculum and entrepreneurship courses, the Precourt Institute for Energy’s Stanford Climate Ventures class, and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy resources.
This means students can benefit from access to internships, graduate fellowships, and potential venture funding. They can also take part in the Stanford Impact Founder in Ecopreneurship Fellowships and Prizes, offered in partnership with the GSB’s Center for Social Innovation.
This provides one year of funding and support to grad students who are starting a non-profit venture that deals with a pressing environmental issue.
The program will launch with several co-curricular programs starting in summer 2023. Including the Summer Ecopreneurial Immersion Program, designed to support students in developing their own ventures, or the Ecopreneurial Summer Internship Program.