StartX is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the development of Stanford's top entrepreneurs through experiential education.



A Community for Founders

StartX alumni represent some of Stanford's best entrepreneurs, in fields from clean tech and bio tech to consumer internet and enterprise software.

Our founders range from undergrads and masters students to post docs, professors, and Stanford alumni. We are proud to be building a community of all the top founders from Stanford.

Our founders’ companies have been acquired by the likes of Apple, LinkedIn, and Yahoo. They have raised funding from top firms like Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark, and Google Ventures. They’ve been featured in all the major news publications, as well as TEDtalks and Harvard Business Review articles.

  • "StartX has been instrumental in helping us develop as entrepreneurs. The community is very supportive and has pushed us to never give up. Our mentors routinely go beyond our expectations to advise us and connect us to their personal networks so we can reach our goals. I would strongly advise any entrepreneur serious about starting a company to apply to StartX."

    - Andrew Lee
    Stem Cell Theranostics, StartX Fall 2011

  • "StartX provides a network of mentors that is truly world class. The cumulative breadth of knowledge of the mentors, coupled with their willingness to work closely with StartX entrepreneurs has accelerated our business tremendously, and our team is confident that we would not be where we are today without the support and counsel of our mentors."

    - Keaton Swett
    Mindsumo, StartX Winter 2011

  • "StartX mentors are accomplished entrepreneurs who guide you in building your vision into reality, without pushing their own vision on to you. The tools, insights, success and failures they shared, inspired us and helped us learn to purposefully make effective decisions that soon turned out to be of great strategic importance for the success of our business."

    - Pratik Verma
    AgeTak Inc., StartX Spring 2011

  • Stem.cell.theranostics

    Drug screening using human cardiomyocytes derived from patients to accelerate the drug development process. Technology recently received a $20M grant from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine

  • Mindsumo

    MindSumo provides organizations a platform to post real-world challenges for college students to solve. Raised $1M.


    AgeTak builds solutions for healthcare and financial markets that simplify: combining enterprise data assets, maintaining identifiable-information privacy, and creating legal proof-of-compliance.


World-Class Mentorship

StartX benefits from the best mentors in Silicon Valley ranging from entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to industry experts and professors. We benefit from having access to faculty and lecturers from the Stanford community including the Engineering, Business, Medical, and Design Schools. We have a large roster of experts in a wide range of industries and functions who help the founders with everything from pricing models and marketing to FDA consulting and sales.

The mentors will provide your teams with guidance and advice based on your specific needs through calls, lectures, and informal meetings. By forming personal relationships with the best and the brightest entrepreneurial minds, you will not only gain access to their unique networks, but also be provided the guidance you need to start your company off on the right track.

  • "StartX has become a center for the top talent out of Stanford to learn from inspiring Silicon Valley mentors and launch their careers as entrepreneurs. I'm excited to be part of the community."

  • "I've mentored several terrific StartX companies over the past year. StartX has some amazing and truly dedicated staff members. Many, many times the StartX team is working side by side with their startups at 9pm or later. It's a great program which I definitely recommend."

  • "StartX is from Stanford student entrepreneurs and for Stanford student entrepreneurs. I’ve been impressed with the quality of students going through the program, the progress they make and the support they receive from staff and other volunteers. With its educational mission, the StartX experience is nothing a Stanford class or a commercial incubator could match."

  • Joe.lonsdale
    Joe Lonsdale Founder Palantir
  • Mike.cassidy
    Mike Cassidy Serial Entrepreneur Xfire, Direct Hit, etc.,
  • Konstantin.guericke
    Konstantin Guericke Co-Founder LinkedIn

StartX in the Press

"Ten New StartX Companies Make Their Public Debut"
Dish Daily

"StartX Launches The Best of Stanford Startups"

"This Is Why You'll Be Jealous You Didn't Go To Stanford: Inside StartX"
Business Insider

"StartX, The Accelerator For Stanford Students, Wins $800K Grant From The Kauffman Foundation"

"Stanford StartX Graduate Tackle Cell Therapy, Mental Health, Batteries"

"I thought the story about how his company came about was really quintessential Silicon Valley, and what we can expect to see a lot of from StartX Med."
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

"Stanford students, alumni help each other with their startup dreams"
Stanford News Service

"At StartX, Stanford students... get to swap tips with other founders and take advantage of mentoring opportunities from venture investors and other experts."
The Wall Street Journal

"Stanford's nonprofit accelerator StartX nabs $800K funding grant"

"How To Start Up with StartX"
Fast Company

"StartX Helped Launch More Than 90 Companies"
Bloomberg Businessweek



StartX is proud to partner with a number of organizations that share our mission to accelerate the development of entrepreneurs through experiential education.

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