Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate

Stanford Center for Professional Development

Stanford Center for Professional Development


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Who should attend

  • Leaders of innovative teams, or teams that wish to be innovative
  • Professionals from startups, Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and the public sector
  • Marketing, sales, finance, and project management teams
  • Engineers and project team leads who want to be more creative
  • Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs

About the course

The Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program teaches you essential skills and effective strategies for working in and managing innovative organizations – and for starting new ones. In online innovation courses designed to engage and inspire, you will learn by doing from some of Stanford’s best in the field.

Be prepared to get out of your chair and use your whole brain, because creativity and innovation take practice.

You Will Gain

  • A greater understanding of the tools that every innovative organization needs to succeed
  • A wider and deeper set of innovation skills, customized to fit both your organization’s needs and your career goals
  • A greater understanding the best and most current research on innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Deeper insights into the people you are serving - a powerful tool for innovation
  • The joy of learning from and engaging with some of Stanford’s smartest and most entertaining teachers
  • Personal feedback and advice from Stanford’s team of innovation coaches
  • A greater capacity to keep honing your innovation skills for years after you’ve completed the program – we teach participants how to keep learning and, in turn, to teach what they learn to others

Earning the Certificate

This certificate is offered online. Courses may be taken in any order and are self-paced. You have the flexibility of taking individual courses within the program or earning the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate by completing eight courses. (The free introductory course, Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship, does not count towards the eight courses.)

Each course consists of online lecture videos, self-paced assignments and a final exam. A discussion forum allows you to interact with the teaching team and others who are enrolled in the course. The teaching team also provides feedback on select assignments.

You can earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) for taking courses in the SI&E program to maintain Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification


  • 5 years work experience
  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, with minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Background in management or working in teams
  • An entrepreneurial and innovative spirit

Each application will be evaluated as a whole, taking into consideration both your academic and professional experience. If you do not have all the prerequisites but still wish to be considered for the program, we encourage you to submit your application.

Time to Complete Certificate

The program’s online courses are self-paced and available on-demand for 60 days after the date of enrollment. This enables you to complete the program at your own pace. Each course takes roughly 10-12 hours to complete depending on your familiarity with the topic and experience with online learning.

Our pacing recommendation for courses of this length is to complete each course within 45 days. To be on track, we recommend that you plan to spend approximately two hours per week on the course.


Free Introductory Course

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Hau Lee

Hau L. Lee is the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His areas of specialization include global value chain innovations, supply chain management, global logistics, inventory modeling, and environmental and social responsibility. ...

Haim Mendelson

Research Statement Professor Mendelson leads the School’s efforts in studying electronic business and its interaction with organizations, markets and value chains, and incorporating their implications into the School’s curriculum and research. His research interests include electronic business, e...

Robert Sutton

Research Statement Robert Sutton focuses on evidence-based management, the links (and gaps) between managerial knowledge and organizational action, innovation, and organizational performance. His research style emphasizes the development of theory and recommendations for practice on the basis of ...

Perry Klebahn

Perry Klebahn is a true entrepreneur and innovator. He is also a natural teacher and a co-founding member of the faculty at the Perry received his master’s from Stanford in the Product Design program in 1991 and left with his master’s thesis in hand–a high performance snowshoe (yes a s...

Jeremy Utley

Jeremy was using the principles of design thinking long before he encountered the From starting a small-venture incubator in Bolivia to hanging out in biker bars to evaluate acquisition targets for clients of the Boston Consulting Group, Jeremy has sought to meld his analytical nature ...

Tom Byers

At Stanford University since 1995, Professor Tom Byers focuses on education regarding high-growth entrepreneurship and technology innovation. He is the first holder of the Entrepreneurship Professorship endowed chair in the School of Engineering, and is also a Bass University Fellow in Undergradu...

Lynda Kate Smith

Lynda Smith brings over 25 years of experience in marketing and sales across a diverse set of industries and has spent the last 15 years working in the area of high technology products and services. In her capacity as a SVP Marketing/Chief Marketing Officer for a number of companies including Gen...

Donna Novitsky

Depending on how you count them, Yiftee is Donna’s 3rd or 19th startup. Having spent a career in entrepreneurial marketing, Yiftee brings that expertise to empower shops and restaurants with the tools big retailers use to engage their customers online and mobile -- for a fraction of the time and ...

Peter DeMarzo

Research Statement Professor Peter DeMarzo’s research is in the area of corporate finance, asset securitization, and contracting, as well as market structure and regulation. Recent work has examined the optimal design of securities, compensation mechanisms, regulation of insider trading and broke...

Pamela Hinds

Pamela Hinds works as a Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Professor Hinds studies the effect of technology on teams. Pamela J. Hinds is Professor and Director of the Center on Work, Technology, and Organization in the Department of Management Science and Eng...

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