Venture Creation for the Real Economy


Stanford School of Engineering



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. To apply for this limited enrollment course, students must submit an application to the CEE246 team.

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.



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

Topics include

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

Note on 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 certificate homepage.

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