Venture Creation for the Real Economy


Stanford School of Engineering

Venture Creation for the Real Economy


CEE246 is a unique course geared toward developing entrepreneurial businesses (both start-ups and internal ventures). This team, project-based class teaches students how to exploit emerging materials science, engineering and IT technologies to radically apply innovation to the “real economy”–e.g., new products and services that produce real economic value for society as well as for the entrepreneurs.

With one-on-one support from seasoned industry mentors and influential guest speakers, the course guides students through the three key elements of new venture creation: identifying opportunities, developing business plans, and determining funding sources. The class culminates with business presentations to industry experts, VCs and other investors. The goal is to equip students with the knowledge and network to create impactful business ideas, many of which have been launched from this class.

As part of the class, you will be expected to form a project team. For more information on creating teams, see the course homepage. You may also join one of the course's informational sessions and mixers before the quarter begins.

NOTE: This course is cross listed with MS&E273


A background in Engineering Economy and Accounting (such as taking the Stanford course CEE146S) is the only prerequisite.

NDO students: To apply, you must also submit your full NDO application and transcripts to SCPD customer service team if you are a new student.

Topics include

  • Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure
  • Digital Cities and Communities
  • Clean Energy
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Digital Health Care
  • Education

Course Availability

The course schedule is displayed for planning purposes – courses can be modified, changed, or cancelled. Course availability will be considered finalized on the first day of open enrollment. For quarterly enrollment dates, please refer to our graduate education section.

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Dates:March 29 - June 4, 2021
Units: 3.00-4.00
Delivery Option:
For Credit $4,056.00-$5,408.00
Notes: Pre-registration Dates: February 1, 2021 at 9:00am to March 12, 2021 at 5:00pm

Pre-registration for this course will secure your enrollment request and ensure timely processing of your application for potential course approval. Please note: course enrollment will be confirmed after March 19, 2021; after completing your pre-registration, no further action is required on your part.


This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.