Published: 10/24/2023

The Stanford Emergence Accelerator Program is now accepting student applications for its 2024 Accelerator Cohort.

Are you a student with an impact-driven venture?

Applications are due by November 15th.

What is Emergence? 

Emergence is a new initiative at Stanford University that catalyzes entrepreneurship to address systemic challenges in the health of our society and planet. We build educational programs that develop the next generation of socially and environmentally conscious leaders and an ecosystem of partnerships and funding to catalyze and scale impactful innovations and companies.

What is the Emergence Accelerator Program? 

The Emergence Accelerator Program supports a cohort of highly driven social and environmental student entrepreneurs and ventures each year from across campus. Through key impact entrepreneurship workshops, coaching from successful founders, one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals, and facilitated networking and connections to prospective funders, students are supported to ideate, develop, and launch impact-driven ventures that address our most pressing health challenges. The Emergence Accelerator includes the following key components:

Impact Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Students learn the fundamentals of impact entrepreneurship and are supported

 to incorporate them into their venture via a series of focused workshops.

Coaching from a Successful Founder

Each student is paired with a successful founder who serves as their coach for the 

duration of the program. Through regular meetings and continued support students receive

 tailored guidance to troubleshoot areas of venture development and personal leadership.

Industry Mentorship

Throughout the duration of the program, students are connected to industry 

professionals, relevant to their specific needs and focus areas, to gain feedback as they

 refine/scale their ventures for success.

Funding Partnerships

Student entrepreneurs receive facilitated connections to aligned prospective 

funders (VC’s, Corporations, Angel Investors, Foundations etc.) within the Emergence 

network to support the launch and scaling of their innovations. In addition, ventures chosen to 

pitch at the annual Emergence Summit are eligible to receive a small seed award.

Peer-to-Peer Connections

Through a cohort of like-minded impact-driven student entrepreneurs, participants are 

able to lean into a community of support and knowledge sharing.

Networking & Exposure

Students are connected to a network of private and public sector partners and 

gain visibility via convenings, an annual Summit, conferences, and investor pitch events.

*Graduates of the Accelerator Program receive a Certificate of Completion from Emergence in

 Impact Entrepreneurship.

What is the application process?

Applications are accepted Oct. 1st-Nov. 15th, 2023

The Programs runs January-June 2024

How can I learn more about the Emergence Accelerator Program? 

Please join us for an information session and/or visit our website to learn more.

Info session 1 – Friday Oct. 6th 12-1pm PST 

Info session 2 – Friday Oct. 20th 12-1pm PST 

Info session 3 – Friday Nov. 3rd 12-1pm PST 

Info session 4 – Friday Nov. 10th 12-1pm PST 

If you have questions, we would love to hear from you. Please reach out to