Skip to main content Skip to secondary navigation

Accelerator Program

Main content start

The Stanford Emergence Accelerator Program

The Emergence Accelerator Program supports a cohort of highly driven social and environmental student entrepreneurs each year from across campus. Through key curriculum, select workshops/speakers, a network of like-minded peers, one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals, and facilitated connections to prospective funders, students are supported to ideate, develop, and launch purpose driven ventures that address our most pressing health challenges.

Key components of the Accelerator Program include:

Impact Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Students learn the fundamentals of impact entrepreneurship (governance and ownership, aligning business models with impact, equity and sustainability etc.) and are supported to incorporate them into their venture.

Industry Mentorship

Students receive coaching and are connected to industry professionals to gain feedback as they refine/scale their ventures and develop their leadership skills.

Funding Support

Students receive facilitated connections to prospective funders (VC's, Foundations etc.) with shared values to scale their innovations.

Networking & Exposure

Students are connected to a network of private and public sector partners and gain visibility via convenings, an annual Summit, and investor pitch events.


  • The Emergence Accelerator Program is intended for students who are working towards impact driven ventures that address health challenges.
  • We seek students who are knowledgeable about the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, who bring deep knowledge of the issues they are working to address, and who offer diverse perspectives and backgrounds to the cohort.
  • While we anticipate the program being the best fit for graduate level students (Masters, PhD, and Postdocs), we will also accept applications from highly qualified undergraduate students.

Application Process

  • Next application window: November 25th, 2023
  • Award notification: Selected students/ventures will be notified by December 15th, 2023
  • Program dates: January - June 2024
  • Are you interested in becoming an Emergence Mentor? Please get in touch with us to learn more!

If you have questions about the Emergence Accelerator Program we would love to hear from you. Please contact

2023 Accelerator Cohort

Coaches & Industry Mentors







Navami Jain

Biology & Mathematical and Computational Science

Designing a zero-waste healthcare supply chain

Divya Agarwal

Health Policy

Plant-based alternatives to traditional treatments for anxiety and depression

Ali Kight

Bioengineering & Biomedical Engineering Design better and more accessible daily living products, starting with menstruation

Anton Molina

Materials Science and Engineering Consumer facing 3D print/recycling farms to realize a circular economy in small plastic objects

Summer Shaw

JD & MBA Net zero and minimal waste products

Axel Peytavin

Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering Social Platform for addressing Misinformation

Dhruv Suri

Energy Resource Engineering Last mile delivery of products in remote areas to increase social equity

Xiaofan Liu

Environmental Engineering Carbon Capture Products

Taimur Ahmad

International Policy (Energy and the Environment) Expanding access to clean, cheap electricity for underserved communities through sustainable business models